Sanford Levings

"Hi, I’m Sanford Levings, President of MinistryCFO and author of this blog. The purpose of our blog is to share with you information and insights that we gather from working with and listening to our clients and partners, located throughout the country." read more

What Gauges Are You Watching? (Part 1 of 2)

 What Gets Measured is What Gets Done

(Part 1 of 2-Part Series)






In one of his leadership podcasts, Andy Stanley, Senior Pastor of North Point Church says:

As great leaders have noted for decades, what gets measured is what gets done.

We’re all familiar with gauges. Gauges are designed to help us anticipate and avoid breakdowns. In our cars, they show us how much fuel we have or if our engines are overheating. And although we might not stare at them when we’re driving, we keep our eyes on them and understand the role they play.

Same with your church; you have to determine which gauges to monitor.


What are you measuring? Here are 7 gauges that MinistryCFO believes every Lead Pastor should watch:

1. First Time Givers

2. Per Capita Giving

3. Current Month Giving Compared to 12 Months Ago

4. Current Month Attendance Compared to 12 Months Ago

5. Online Giving as % of Total Giving

6. Attendance at Every Program

7. Review Donor Reports Quarterly

And yes, these measurements should be very easy to come by, provided that you have the right systems in place. The right systems will essentially spit out the statistics for you each month!

What else do you think should be measured? What about your volunteers? What measurement could you put into place to help you stay focused on your volunteers?

Tomorrow, we will discuss what each gauge can do for you.


Your church needs a CFO on a part-time basis. Let the MinistryCFO team help you set up a monthly measurement report, which will allow you to keep abreast of the all-important financial and attendance trends in your church.