Doing the Math of Mission: Fruits, Faithfulness and Metrics

by Gil Rendle. Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.

This resource provides readers with the tools to accurately evaluate the effectiveness of their congregational endeavors, commenting on the difference between counting and measuring and how both are essential to congregations.


turning ideas into outcomes, clarifying the purpose of endeavors, measuring effectiveness

Best For

clergy and lay leaders from any faith tradition


purchase as a book or e-book

Suggested Uses

  • Evaluate and reflect upon the way your congregation is making a difference in lives by using this resource to help measure your congregation's purposefulness.
  • Clarify the purpose of various congregational aspects and measure their effectiveness.

About the Contributor

Tim Shapiro

Tim Shapiro is the Indianapolis Center’s president. He began serving the Center in 2003 after 18 years in pastoral ministry. For 14 years, Tim served Westminster Presbyterian Church in Xenia, Ohio. Prior to his pastorate at Westminster, he was pastor of Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in Logansport, Indiana. He holds degrees from Purdue University and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Tim’s interest in how congregations learn to do new things is represented in his book How Your Congregation LearnsAfter his extensive work on the Center’s Sacred Space initiative, Tim co-authored the book Holy Places: Matching Sacred Space with Mission and MessageHe has also authored several articles, including Applying Positive Deviance and The Congregation of Theological Coherence.

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