Consultation

Six areas of consulting

The six areas are: prayer, worship, evangelism, discipleship, ministry, and fellowship. These areas are the very heart and soul of the consulting process. We look at all of them but only focus on those needing attention and redirection. We offer a clear, challenging picture of what these ministry areas are doing and what they are supposed to do.

Leadership/staff team meetings

These are personal interviews with key leaders and staff personnel. This typically includes focused conversations with the leaders and group sessions with the staff and lay leadership teams. We listen for views on church culture, obstacles, energy, and emotions. The goal is to analyze the different groups perception of the church's health, determine if they understand the mission and vision of the church and find out if they are willing to take the church to the next level of growth and outreach. Their support and cooperation is essential.

Facility tour and study of church documents

We look at everything! Size of parking lot, number and location of visitor parking places, cleanliness of the building(s), visitor's station, nursery, restrooms, sanctuary, meetings rooms, signage, and greeters. We request and analyze statistical records, history documents, bulletins, newsletters, webites, letter, brochures, bylaws, church reports--anything and everything that will help us learn how and when the church was started, it's original mission and vision and how the church is doing today. 

Church Health Survey and Demographics Study/Report

This administration and resulting information makes this powerful survey an absolute essential to the consulting process. It is not for wimps! The Church Health Survey is a 160-item questionnaire that measure a church's perceived health in the six purposes of the church mentioned above: worship, evangelism, fellowship, discipleship, prayer and ministry. Church leaders choose a sampling of the church membership to complete the 30-40 minute survey. A 40 page report is provided for the church. There is a cost for the survey and the report but the information is priceless. Additionally, a demographic study of your community is prepared by the PERCEPT Group. They provide a detailed Ministry Area Profile for your locale.

Presentation of findings

We will bring all of the data we have collected into this executive summary report. A thorough congregational analysis of our observations, surveys, and interviews is compiled into a comprehensive assessment explaining the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges that are present in the church. We identify key areas of need and highlight goals and opportunities for the right next steps. With this summary information any church can gain a clear understanding of the present reality it faces and learn how to move forward.

Strategic ministry plan for one year (in 90 day segments)

First, there will be a recommendation for the church to form a Strategic Leadership Team made up of the lead pastor, other pastors and key staff and laity personnel. This team will generate congregational buy-in and trust that will be necessary for the changes that will occur. As one author puts it, "We have to get everybody on the bus!" Then, a one-year master plan of action will be crafted that will be acceptable and agreed upon by the church. Benchmarks will be established quarterly so progress can be monitored. We will always move in the direction of evangelism and will focus on practical and vital elements such as, community, discipleship, leadership, mobilization and finance.