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Effectiveness by the Numbers: Counting What Counts in the Church [Paperback]

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Pages   124
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.99" Width: 6.33" Height: 0.38"
Weight:   0.62 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2007
Publisher   Abingdon Church Supplies
ISBN  0687641756  
EAN  9780687641758  


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Accurately counting the right things can profoundly impact ministry effectiveness. Knowing "the story in the stats" can inform decisions and lead to the things that produce the results most pleasing to God. Gathering and studying the right numbers can help a church wisely invest its resources of time, effort, people, money, and facilities. Effectiveness by the Numbers will help ensure that your church is measuring the right things for the right reasons. Counting what counts enables a church to fulfill its mission--making mature followers of Jesus Christ. Jesus and his disciples counted. They knew how many he fed with the five loaves and fishes. When a crowd gathered they often knew and recorded the number of men, women and children present for the event. The early church counted. They knew that on the day of Pentecost about 3,000 were added to their number. The book of Acts reports that "many believed," "people were added," and "many of the Corinthians who heard him believed and were baptized." If Jesus counted and the early church kept track of numbers, it is not unreasonable to expect churches today to use metrics to increase their effectiveness in doing God's work on earth. This title contains a CD-ROM containing Excel templates for calculating some of the measures discussed in the book.

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Accurately counting the right things can profoundly impact ministry effectiveness. Knowing the story in the stats can inform decisions and lead to the things that produce the results most pleasing to God. Gathering and studying the right numbers can help a church wisely invest its resources of time, effort, people, money, and facilities. "Effectiveness by the Numbers" will help ensure that your church is measuring the right things for the right reasons. Counting what counts enables a church to fulfill its mission--making mature followers of Jesus Christ.

Jesus and his disciples counted. They knew how many he fed with the five loaves and fishes. When a crowd gathered they often knew and recorded the number of men, women and children present for the event. The early church counted. They knew that on the day of Pentecost about 3,000 were added to their number. The book of Acts reports that many believed, people were added, and many of the Corinthians who heard him believed and were baptized. If Jesus counted and the early church kept track of numbers, it is not unreasonable to expect churches today to use metrics to increasetheir effectiveness in doing God s work on earth.

Chapter One The Fear of Numbers Chapter Two If You Could Count Only One Thing Chapter Three How Many and How Often Chapter Four How Many Stick? Chapter Five How Many Serve? Chapter Six Who's New? Chapter Seven Growing by Staying Small Chapter Eight What's More Important than Dollars? Chapter Nine What Product Are You Producing Anyway? About the author: William R. Hoyt During his 38 years of ministry, Dr. Bill Hoyt has served as Pastor, Seminary Professor, Executive Minister of the Southwest Baptist Conference and a consultant to churches, denominations and other not-for-profit corporations. By virtue of his varied background, Dr. Hoyt has been privileged to observe countless churches from many different vantage points.

Dr.Hoyt is the President of NexStep Coaching and Consulting, an organization committed to enhancing theeffectiveness of Christian leaders and organizations through executive coaching and consulting for organizational development. Dr. Hoyt is also President of UniReach International, a non-profit organization that engages in humanitarian work in Vietnam.

Dr. Hoytand his wife Gwyn have been married for 40 years. They have two sons and daughters-in-law, a granddaughter and three grandsons."

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! During his 38 years of ministry Dr. Bill Hoyt has served as Pastor, Seminary Professor, Executive Minister of the Southwest Baptist Conference and a consultant to churches, denominations and other not-for-profit corporations. His three pastorates were in Big Springs, South Dakota; Spring Lake Park, Minnesota; and Escondido, California. For 28 years Dr. Hoyt taught courses in preaching, worship and leadership at both the Minnesota and San Diego campuses of Bethel Theological Seminary.

By virtue of his varied background, Dr. Hoyt has been privileged to observe countless churches from many different vantage points. His consulting has included a wide range of areas including leader development; spiritual formation; strategic ministry planning; governance structures and boardmanship; fund raising; conflict intervention and change agentry.

Dr. Bill Hoyt is the President of NexStep Coaching and Consulting. NexStep is an organization committed to enhancing the ministry effectiveness of Christian leaders and organizations through executive coaching and consulting for organizational development.

Dr. Hoyt is also President of UniReach International a non-profit organization that engages in humanitarian work in Vietnam. He serves as a Board Member of the Charis Foundation, a North Carolina organization that provides counseling and care ministries to pastors, missionaries, their spouses and families.

Bill and his wife Gwyn have been married for 40 years. They have two sons and daughters-in-law, a granddaughter and three grandsons.

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Never Look at Numbers Again in the Same Way  Jun 29, 2009
Main Idea of the Text:

Most congregations are inefficient in keeping track of certain numbers in a church. These numbers tell a story if the members are willing to listen to the tale. A church should be count that which matters so that it can be better at accomplishing the work of the Lord.

The Three Top Ideas of Greatest Benefit:

1. Counting is a sign of reality. The book states that "since it is easier to stop counting, than to make changes, they simply stop counting." This is one of the greatest problems in the church. The desire to pretend everything is great in declining congregation. Instead of facing reality, it is easier to ignore the decline and death of a congregation. In counting, you are keeping a congregation accountable.

2. Attendance does matter. Often in the church, people will discount attendance because of the perception that it is not important. This is usually an attitude of a declining congregation. But attendance does tell a story. This is why it must be tracked and monitored. The attendance details reflect if the congregation is winning the war in spreading the gospel as well as reaching into the community.

3. The idea of tracking the guests to a congregation is so important. Often this never happens. But if a guest comes, there should be a tracking on whether or not this person stays and continues worshipping and serving with the church. By tracking this, if the process of assimilation is not working, there can be a realistic picture of what needs to change and what is working well. Probably most congregations have no clue on how many people come and go as guests.

The Three Ideas of Major disagreement:

1. The book claims that churches recruit on organizational need. This is really not the case. Often churches have little or any selection for future leaders. It is almost a warm body is better than no body. Sometimes churches put people in roles that they are not skilled enough to perform. But there is a good feeling because someone is on the books to be in charge of a certain ministry. Though, nothing is happening in the work.

2. At first, it seemed that I disagreed with the book's focus on some much counting. It seemed to be less spiritual. But as I read, the book was excellent in telling the reader what to count and why it is important. There might need to be some changes in the approach for average church members that have a dislike towards numbers, but the book does build a strong case for counting.

The Recommendation of the Book:

I would recommend this book because of the excellent job of defining what needs to be counted and why these results are important. It breaks down the church growth process into helpful measurements to ascertain the effectiveness of a congregation.
 
homes in on the essence of things  Jan 21, 2009
as the performance managers say, "you get what you measure." and this book, by focusing on "what we measure," really forces us to come to grips with what is REALLY important to us and to our church. definitely worth the time to read, and then to re-read.
 
An essential resource on running a church well  Jan 7, 2009
This is the best book on church finance I've ever read, and I've read a number of them. Even though it is not primarily about finances, the concepts and values that it teaches are foundational to running a church well. Straight talking and to the point, it accurately describes the problems most churches have with evaluating their performance and then lays out a set of principles that if followed, will lead to church effectiveness.

The main argument of the book is that churches only really count two things: donations, and attendees, these they don't count very well. Hoyt believes that while those are important things to track, they are not the best metrics for gauging church health. Things like the number of 'conversions' (baptisms, confirmations, etc.), the cost of each (church budget divided by number of conversions) and other novel approaches can be better indicators of how effective your church really is. He is not a 'it's only about the numbers' kind of guy, but he does argue quite convincingly that tracking things effectively is part of being a responsible church.

Other valuable topics covered in the book are the importance of a good assimilation program, gauging if your church is producing the right product (disciples of Christ), how many of your attenders are serving in a meaningful way, and tackling the arguments of those opposed to essential changes if your church is failing at any of the above.

Included with the book is a CD that contains several very useful excel formulas that will help your church get better at counting what matters, counting it well, and interpreting the data in a way that help effectiveness.

This is a quick read, but its so packed with useful information that it should be one the shelf of every pastor that takes growth, effectiveness, and running an organization well seriously. It changed the the church that I work for views a number of things, and has greatly assisted us in making some tough decisions to get us where we are called to go. If you're looking for a good resource to get your church to the next level, or to fix longstanding problems, this is a great choice. Highly recommended.
 
Can you measure spirituality?  May 15, 2008
Hoyt steps into the fracas between those who insist on measuring effectiveness and those who insist spirituality and a person's heart are not subject to metrics. The book aims to help church leaders increase their ministry effectiveness by measuring the right things in the right ways. I find myself identifying with Billy Martin who claimed in the commercial that he felt very strongly both ways.
 
Finally -- Accountability for the local church  Dec 28, 2007
This is the best book available for any local church leader who wants to engender a culture of accountability in his or her ministry. Most local church leaders will be unwilling to make the effort, but those who do could not find a better place to start than Hoyt's book. The book is useful mainly for evangelical churches who want to grow. Hoyt's advice is passionate and practical.
 

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