The Camino de Santiago serves as a metaphor for the journey through this field guide. The photos in the book are from Peggy Hahn’s own pilgrimage on the Camino in Spain.
What others are saying about Faithful Metrics:
“Church leaders often either lean too heavily on the limited metrics of budgets and attendance, or they swing the pendulum the other way, writing off any analysis completely, with phrases like, ‘We’re not about numbers; we’re about people.’ Peggy Hahn gives us a soulful way to take a meaningful look at ministry, focusing beyond nickels and noses to reenergize the deeper work of ministry. This book is best read by a church leadership team together.”
“Faithful Metrics is both theological and practical. It is chock full of examples and questions that help church leaders rethink metrics that will help them and their congregations deepen their faith and their connection to the Mission of God.”
“Faithful Metrics is for congregational leaders that understand the church is moving through a time of uncertainty and want to face the adaptive challenges ahead but do not know how. Written for groups, it lives up to its name as a field guide for congregations. With step-by-step exercises, and written in accessible language, it provides a path for congregations to faithfully journey together into a new future.”
“If you want to start a fight in a room full of church professionals, bring up the topic of metrics. We mostly all agree that we need to be measuring something, but we also feel like we aren’t measuring the right things. Peggy Hahn not only deftly explains the reason for the dissatisfaction with our current metrics, she draws out the path to lead us toward genuinely helpful ways to evaluate our ministry, think creatively about new ministries, and tell the stories of our communities.
Move this book to the top of your to-read pile with your staff, leadership, and key volunteers as soon as possible.”
“In a time when so many congregations are looking for a ‘quick fix’ to get us back to a time that no longer exists, Faithful Metrics presses the church to consider that there is no one-size-fits-all answer to help revitalize a ministry; still there are metrics that are common to congregations who are faithfully moving into the future. In an age of change, where adaptive leadership is called for, Faithful Metrics is an important resource to stoke and inspire the conversations that should be happening in every congregation.”
“Measuring what matters is not a standard practice in most churches. Faithful Metrics provides the stimulus for church leaders to engage in a meaningful conversation about metrics in ministry. Introducing the concept and practices of lag metrics and lead metrics can help every church become more intentional about measuring what counts in their church. Target a few areas of church life to use the practices in Faithful Metrics over the next year, and watch the impact on your ministry.”
About the Author
Peggy Hahn is passionate about growing leaders and dreams of faith communities that attract people of all ages and cultures as they make a difference in their neighborhoods and in the world. She served both in congregations and as Assistant to the Bishop in the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod of the ELCA for more than 34 years. She received the 2014 Tom Hunstad Award for Excellence in Children, Youth, and Family Ministry. Peggy coordinated service projects for 36,000 people at the 2009 and 2012 ELCA Youth Gatherings in New Orleans and was the innovator of Camp Hope Day Camp Ministries and The Disciple Project. Peggy is the Executive Director of LEAD.