There are some that are of the belief that faith and formulas can’t coexist. And on a topical level, that perception makes sense. Faith is about trust and belief, and using metrics for matters of the heart can feel emotionally and spiritually disconnected.
But beyond the Bible’s references to honest measures, this quote puts a fine point on exactly why metrics perfectly intersect with ministry:
“The shepherd doesn’t say, ‘I have around 100 sheep.’ He knows he has exactly 100, and that is why he goes looking for the lost sheep when he only counts 99. Numbers matter because they represent lives.”
Data won’t provide all the answers, but it helps us better understand what we can learn from what we are seeing. Ask yourself, “How can we take this ‘metric’ to the next level – and what does it mean?”