A Tale of Two Churches under One Metric


Note: This is a rewritten version of this post from a year ago. We’ve long been suspicious of church metrics and of the increased reliance on quantitative measurement in the UMC here at HackingChristianity. As the supervisory distance increases due to fewer district superintendents and larger districts, the church leadership is by necessity choosing to […]

The #UMC in the False Proxy Trap

Numbers And Finance

No Church Left BehindMy friend Rob Rynders (clergyperson in Phoenix, AZ) pointed me towards the following short essay by author and blogger Seth Godin (author of Tribes which is popular in some church circles). I’m going to post the biggest part of it to spark discussion. Godin writes: Sometimes, we can’t measure what we need, so we invent […]

What Facebook Metrics Teach us about Church Metrics


Why De-Metricating Churches is a Missional ConcernOn the Internet, there are browser tools that help make for a more enjoyable, utilitarian, or streamlined browsing experience. One such new tool (that Derek White “Geek Preacher” clued me into) is called the Facebook Demetricator. The browser tool removes all numbers from your Facebook account. Per the graphic […]

Defeating the Dark Side of Church Metrics #UMC


Measuring transformation or accumulation?It is absolutely no secret that this blogger is suspicious of and articulates the dark side of Church Metrics, which is the use of quantitative data to evaluate the quality of a church’s ministry or clergy leadership. However, while we’ve taken great care to be champions of “better ways” rather than just […]