8 Opal Design Missional Metrics Suite [2012]

Overview of Missional Metrics Resource Suite

Basic Outline of Missional Metrics

Overview of Missional Metrics Resource Suite

Missional Metrics Resource Suite ~ Learning Styles, Teamwork Styles, Cultural GPS, Strategic Foresight Tools, and Qualitative/Quantitative Metrics for Ministry Sustainability.

Once I’ve published the first two Opal Design courses, my tentative plan is to continue with the research and development of a suite of about 20 assessment tools and “missional metrics.” These resources focus on personal discovery, team building, cultural engagement, and sustainable and non-toxic ministry. Each of these is consistent with the overall holistic, missional ministry approach in the Opal Design Systems: integrative, interdisciplinary, intercultural. The set consists of original tools and references to existing assessments. It includes:

  • Tools for identifying individuals’ learning styles and teamwork styles.
  • Theoretical model for identifying the “cultural GPS location” of a given person, team, or social group, in relation to the set of all possible cultures and in relation to the ideal of biblical “Kingdom culture.” Its inclusion of cultural starting point and theological goal provides the basis for establishing a trajectory of personal and social transformation toward “Kingdom Culture.”
  • The theoretical model also leads to specific strategic foresight tools for compositing intercultural teams, and identifying probable points of culture shock and vulnerability to “cultural blind spots” for individuals who work cross-culturally.
  • Qualitative and quantitative metrics for evaluating the layers and levels of health or toxicity in existing ministry systems and in strategic planning for ministry.

An expanded outline is forthcoming.

Basic Outline of Missional Metrics

A “healthy” church is organizationally:

  • Safe relationally.
  • Holistic methodologically.
  • Sustainable generationally.

As a body of disciples, it demonstrates organic:

  • Viability. Activities are suitable for the group God has brought together.
  • Vitality. Activities of individual members, groups, and the whole show life, growth, and a wiser trajectory.
  • Versatility. Adaptation agility make it more survivable in light of unavoidable global changes.

Its ministries, enterprises, and projects also demonstrate the “spiritual DNA” of their operational strategies and structures as being:

  • Theologically missional.
  • Cultural contextual.
  • Personally intercultural.
  • Socially transformational.

The individuals words and phrases used here will be defined, then expanded into descriptions of the related values, beliefs, and practices. Those will be tied in with purpose (why are we here), mission (who we want to reach, why, and how), and vision (what it would look like if our activities have the desired impact). All of these concepts will be described with specific indicators plus concrete behaviors and/or impact by which they can be measured and assessed – quantitatively and/or qualitatively as appropriate.

~ July 2012