Why /users and uses
JESUS SAID our mission is to 'make disciples', a mission both qualitative AND quantitative. Every church, whether large or small, should be moving toward growth.
This site shows how well we're doing in our mission – the whole church of the Twin Cities metro – the individual parts and sum of the parts.
We need more than anecdotal stories that suit our intent. We need actual statistics about church growth, with charts to comprehend complexity and magnitude, avoid blind spots, and see moving trends.
This is situation awareness. To know about each other ... to learn from each other ... to collaborate with each other.
This site is community orientation for Twin Cities pastors, staff and church boards.
Informed leaders are better leaders.
Q: ... so how does this help churches grow?
A: ... informed, new ideas, better decisions.
•PASTORS - Pastors come to this site for monthly Briefings about what's happening within the broad range of Twin Cities churches, and they gain access to an extensive online database of facts and figures. They extract pertinent information from this site for staff meetings, to document and emphasize each church's own opportunities, problems and/or priorities.
•BOARDS - Church board members – particularly new members – come to this site for orientation, to broaden their horizons and get information needed for better, bolder, faster decisions.
•See church's place in the whole - This site helps each church see how it fits as part of the overall church of the Twin Cities, getting out of silo mentality.
•Get new perspective - Individual church leaders may know vaguely about things reported here, but this site gives new perspective, specifically and clearly, quantified with graphs. (How many? Relationships? Trends?)
•All see same reality - In board and staff meetings, individual members often have differing perceptions of a situation based on personal hearsay and experience, but this site enables all participants to see the same reality, on the same page at the same time, objective and factual, to make decision-making bolder, faster and better.
•Source for facts - Facts and opinions are both important parts of church decisions. There is no lack of opinions, but there is a lack of facts, which this site seeks to fill. Opinions are often narrow and distorted and should to be supported or refuted by broad-based factual data.
•What's working, what's not - Culture and methods are constantly changing. This website reveals the most effective ways churches are communicating and relating to people today, measured by community response.
•Facilitate collaboration - This site helps church leaders from different churches to get acquainted with each other across denominational lines, to share experiences and work together.
•Build confidence - Without pertinent facts, complete facts, and surrounding facts, decision-making is usually slow and timid. Full facts give the confidence needed for making bold decisions that have big impact, with low risk.
•Reduce talk time - Church board meetings are notorious for long and tepid discussion, exhaustive expressions of personal opinion, small thinking, and postponements to another meeting. In fact, many of the most qualified decision-makers – those professionally skilled in running organizations outside of the church – refuse to get involved in church governance for lack of detail information and clear indicators for action. Facts and analysis get faster decisions and attract stronger people to leadership.
•Train new leaders - Individual churches don't have training programs for teaching their leaders about what's happening in the Twin Cities community at large, but this site serves that purpose for all churches and helps grow strong leaders.
•Trigger new ideas - This site triggers many new ideas for each local church by showing what other Twin Cities churches are doing. Ideas come from the Briefings, Xrays, Exit Interviews ... and often prompt visits to growing church otherwise unknown in another part of the metro.
•Use modern technology - Individual churches can't afford all of the new technology used in corporate information systems, but through this site churches can at least benefit from a modern metro-wide relational database, online distribution and individual computer analysis and charting with Church Xray. We should be as diligent in managing our churches as in managing our businesses.
•Increase efficiency - Churches are stewards of the Lord's resources. Good management in the modern world requires strategic planning and metrics for measuring results. Comparison charts (see Xray Briefing 4) are particularly valuable in revealing key issues in a church by comparing that church in detail with five other local churches, side-by-side, everything stated as percentages for confidentiality.
•No cost - The services offered here do not drain resources or require anything in return. Everything is privately funded, free for all Twin Cities churches.