Quantitative, Qualitative, Research, Measurment, Variables, Scales, Behaviors, Individual Differences, Attitudes, Beliefs


To better understand the characteristics of specific churches and phenomena that occur across churches, various metrics and measurements can be used to describe them. Measurements must be meaningful and appropriate. Quantities involving people, finances, objects, or events are most frequently counted, but other measures may include behaviors, traits, skills, knowledge, and abilities of individuals. Measuring phenomena is necessary to understand how phenomena are related to each other. Measuring attitudes and beliefs are especially important because many ministries in churches are designed to influence these (e.g., preaching and teaching). However, from a Christian perspective, our motivation behind our measuring is important. We are morally obliged to ensure that measurements made are motivated by a desire to serve others and the Lord, not for boasting in our own accomplishments.