The ministry needs that drove the development of this tool, how it’s being used now, and a few thoughts about where its development it’s going.
As a church planter I share a lot of the same needs others face, when trying to lunch a new congregation. There are plans to develop and implement, volunteers to recruit, vision to cast. As a church planter in a culturally diverse setting, however, some of the challenges are a little different.
One of the biggest questions was how to measure spiritual transformation. This question is difficult not only because of the polemic topic of measuring the work of God the Holy Spirit, but also because of the different cultural opinions of what spiritual transformation looks like.
Then, these are the specs I came with, when I first started thinking about a tool like Metricka:
- Web based. I wanted to be able to use it, on my phone, to track my own spiritual transformation, or with others in my discipleship community.
- Simple questions. To assess the current stage of transformation, I wanted questions that were, at the same time, simple but connected to our mission statement and discipleship process.
- Not right or wrong answers. Answers must be in a spectrum, and not in absolute values, to better reflect the current condition of the heart.
- Not a ‘grading’ tool. I didn’t want a tool that would evaluate my heart, and then produce a number.
- Simple graph. A graphical representation of the assessment that could show, at the same time, balance and depth.
- Tracking transformation. To compare the results of the assessment taken at different points in time, the graph must be available for download as a PDF file.
With all this in mind, in 2014 I started the development of what would become Metricka-P. There are other versions of Metricka in the works – one for ministers and one for whole congregations, for instance – and there is one version of this tool, highly customized, currently in used at our church plant to provide an accountability system for our leaders. So far, the results have been encouraging. The ability to compare graphs from assessments taken at different points in time (right now, every three months), has proven to be of particular benefit.
Let us remember His grace.