Bo Sanders: Public Theology

updating & innovating for today



Formula For Success?

Is this a formula for success?  Not everyone thinks so!
Focused Intensity – over Time – multiplied by the ‘God’ factor
I always pay attention when push-back does not follow a predictable bell-curve.
In this case, the concerns were equally divided into quarters.
Watch this 5 min video and let me know what you think.

Church Health not Growth

Last month I posted about measuring ministry differently for the new century.

In this video I want to talk about some other metrics for measuring church health.

We all know that “nickels & noses” doesn’t tell us if ministry is actually happening.

Neither do the following suggestions but at least they are more interesting:

  • Square footage (3,700 sq. ft)
  • Pounds (400 vs. 300 lbs)
  • Carrying Capacity
  • Bone Structure
  • Who is present not just how many are
  • Attendance patterns (150 for 88)
  • Giving patterns (200 or 1200)
  • Expectations on Specializations
  • Conversation Contribution

Just remember:

“Growth isn’t always good and bigger is not always better.”

Measuring Ministry

We know that the way we measure ‘success’ as church leaders is not an accurate way to address actual ministry.

The old line about ‘nickels and noses’ doesn’t tell us if we are actually doing God’s work in the world or meeting our communities’ needs.

It also doesn’t tell the story behind the number … there is no room for narrative.

So I have come up with a different metric that I want to propose.

Moving on from Nickels and Noses to:

  • Hands
  • Feet
  • Mouths
  • Eyes
  • Ears

Hands – how many people did we touch?

Feet – how many people came across our property?

Mouths – how many people did we help feed?

Eyes – how many people saw our us? Street fairs, facebook, youtube.

Ears – how many people listened to the podcast?


The advantage to this new approach is 3 fold:

  1. It incorporates a ‘body’ metaphor that is both biblical and ‘incarnational’
  2. It makes space for narrative – the story behind the number
  3. There is a qualitative as well as quantitative element

Here is a short (3 min) video – let me know what you would add or change to this approach.

Church Present and (near) Future

In this short video I speculate about some trends of the N. American church. I would love to hear your feedback and if you want any of the concepts expanded upon.

This is a summary of a multi-day presentation.

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