Developing metrics is an essential aspect to the work of a vision consultant. At Auxano, we embed the starting point for good metrics into the Vision Frame. This side of the frame we define as either the Mission Measure or "Missional Life-marks." (This bilingual approach in talking about vision is important to working with leaders of different generations.) The mission measure pushes the church's focus out of the expected ABCs of metrics- Attendance, Buildings and Cash. I often say if a circus has good ABCs, what makes your church different? Technically defined Mission measures are the characteristics or attributes in the life of an individual that reflect the accomplishment of the the mission. How does your church articulate this portrait of a disciple?
If you have not tapped into Leadership Network's resources, here is a great article on the topic: Changing Metrics