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4<br />Churches Encounter Issues/Questions<br />Volunteers<br />Passion is lacking<br />Decisions<br />Communication<br />Role Responsibilities<br />Giving is down<br />Losing members<br />Why aren't we growing?<br />Problems may stem from spiritual shortcomings rooted within the congregation<br />OR, (likely) any organization can operate in a “disorderly” fashion.<br />
5<br />Process for seeking God’s direction<br />Know where God wants us to go<br />Journey<br /> Understand where we are<br />
6<br />Process for seeking God’s direction<br />A process is not the same as Truth. It’s not right or wrong. It’s just a method to use for achieving one or more goals. <br />Know where God wants us to go<br />Journey<br />It is a process, a journey over a period of time. It’s not a once and done decision. <br />Just like a “mall map” you’ve got to figure out where you are first. Must consider what kind of inputs and observations will be used to determine where you are. <br />Then, the more clarity you have on where you are going, the easier the journey, the more efficient the journey, fewer “restarts” etc. <br /> Understand where we are<br />
Making adjustments or even cancel</li></ul> Understand where we are<br />
11<br />Building the Church Biblically<br />To the World<br />MAKING<br />DISCIPLES<br />One context that can be used to determine “Where Are We Now” and “Where Does God Want Us To Go”<br />Work -Eph 6:5-9<br />Church -Eph 4:1-16, 5:15-21<br />Family -Eph 5:22-6:4<br />Personal Walk -Eph 4:1-32, 5:1-21<br />E<br />X<br />A<br />L<br />T<br />God <br />through<br />worship<br />E<br />V<br />A<br />N<br />G<br />E<br />L<br />I<br />Z<br />E<br />the world<br />through<br />proclamation<br />& missions<br />E<br />Q<br />U<br />I<br />P<br />believers<br /> through <br />teaching<br />and<br /> mentoring<br />E<br />D<br />I<br />F<br />Y<br />others<br />through<br />ministry<br />and <br />service<br />E<br />N<br />C<br />O<br />U<br />N<br />T<br />E<br />R<br />God<br />through<br />prayer<br />E<br />N<br />C<br />O<br />U<br />R<br />A<br />G<br />E<br />one<br />another<br />through<br />fellowship<br />Biblical/Theological Foundation--Knowing God in the power of His Spirit and understanding who we are individually in Christ and corporately as His Church<br /> Ephesians 1:1-3:21 Lawless, Discipled Warriors<br />
12<br />God Must Be At the Center <br /><ul><li> Seeking to discern His vision for His church at this location at this time
Creation of a vision is not just to justify what a church is already doing
Purpose is not to pull people away from other locations of His church; the competition is Satan and his world.
Not a “gimmick” used to get membership to do more, give more, etc.
Takes work, devotion, & commitment to go through this process for Him
Leadership should enter the vision development process uncertain of what it is that He has for this church to do at this location at this time, but yet still be convinced that the church should be doing more for Him.
“Holy frustration” leads you to seek greater clarity for the future from Him
Possibility of experiencing outcomes that we could never have imagined
Shepherds tend the flock in part by taking them to a location of nourishment, safety, etc. Obligation to God to take care of the sheep – “oversight”.
Leaders must lead (know where they are going) for others to follow. </li></li></ul><li>13<br />Three types of leaders/people in most organizations (including churches)<br /><ul><li> “Entrepreneurs” look to a visionary future, even thriving on change
“Manager” focuses on precedent and resists change seeing status quo as sacred
“Technician” lives in the present, most concerned with getting the job done</li></ul>Generally need all three of these types to be “in balance”. Also, it’s a continuum. <br />
14<br />Three types of leaders/people in most organizations (including churches)<br /><ul><li> “Entrepreneurs” look to a visionary future, even thriving on change
“Manager” focuses on precedent and resists change seeing status quo as sacred
“Technician” lives in the present, most concerned with getting the job done</li></ul>Generally need all three of these types to be “in balance”. Also, it’s a continuum. <br />Ian Fair from Leadership in the Kingdom concerning churches of Christ…<br />“The entrepreneurs, represented by Christians, many of them from the younger and newer generations, call for change. The managers , represented by older, conservative elders comfortable with the past or status quo, resist<br />the calls for change. The technician, represented by the average member, wants to get on with the job of ministering to the community and is frustrated by the traumatized leadership who seem unable to provide the aggressive and creative leadership necessary for real growth.” <br />Critical challenge for church leadership is to maintain biblical balance amongst all three types <br />
15<br />What is Vision? <br /><ul><li> In the simplest definition, it is the ability to see. A leader has to “SEE”</li></ul> where he is going so that others can follow. <br /><ul><li> A vision is…
A clear and challenging picture of the future of a church as you </li></ul> believe that it can and must be. <br /><ul><li> It is as great as God and as specific as a zip code.
God’s specific plan for a specific church at a specific time.
Without a vision, people wander aimlessly. They don’t know what to do or what not to do.</li></ul>A vision is a clear mental image of a preferable future imparted by God to His chosen servants and is based on an accurate understanding of God, self/membership, and circumstances.<br />
Fatigue – I don’t have the energy; this is work.
Short-term thinking – Next year! Who knows?</li></li></ul><li>19<br />In this model many (perhaps all) good things are done, but it is difficult to focus and make progress.<br />Church Ministries<br />
20<br />Vision<br />X<br />X<br />X<br />X<br />X<br />It will be a journey to achieve such focus. You must know where you are headed.<br />X<br />X<br />Church Ministries<br />
21<br />Criteria of a Good Vision Statement <br /><ul><li>Is the vision clear: Do people in the congregation understand it?
Is it challenging: Does it move people to action?
Does it create a picture: Can members see it in their heads?
Future oriented: Does it present a picture of the ministry’s future?
Does the leadership believe that it can be: Is it feasible?
Is the leadership convinced that it must be: Are they passionate</li></ul> about that specific vision?<br /><ul><li>Does the leadership believe that the vision is from God?</li></li></ul><li>22<br />Summary Observations<br />What I think you told me.<br /> Leadership is not satisfied that church is doing all it can/should to serve God. Strong emotions are evident because they believe that this is also God’s view. <br /> Leaders are clear that we must be about serving God and doing His will. They see lots of evidence of that with many good things happening here today. <br /> The ability to handle diverse peoples and belief tolerance are significant strengths. Acceptance & trust is shown worship, confession, and forgiveness. Hurting helped. <br /> Members show care for one another deeply and consistently, but there are definite limits on how much the majority of people are willing to do in service today. <br /> Focus is diffused – hospital church, overseas missions, young families.<br /> The women’s ministry here is a considerable area of strength. <br /> People come here because they feel welcomed, accepted, and enjoined in this church’s worship. They leave after their most urgent needs are met and they cannot find the way to fit in. <br />Leaders are not clear on what God wants this church to be. They are not sure who it is today - mature or young, contemporary or traditional, spiritually deep or shallow. <br /> Overseas missions have been strong due to dedicated leadership, financial support, and an effective approach/strategy in utilizing native ministers, but most of church is not involved in personal participation today. <br />
23<br />Needs Improvement<br /> Urgent outreach, especially to this community – the church is much too<br /> inwardly focused. <br /> New member assimilation is lacking – responsibility falls to the new person.<br /> Recognize the areas of strength, concentrate on them, and build on them. <br /> Focus on Children’s Ministry – it has some attention, but not enough. <br /> Severe lack of ongoing support with volunteers. <br /> Dedication to God, turning away from this world and material things. Church<br /> is not growing spiritually to the degree needed. More accountability. <br /> Use what’s available - does not take advantage of opportunities that <br /> exist today such as Community Time, local schools, and Children’s Home. <br /> More of the membership involved in service – in teaching the lost, serving <br /> the church’s needs and meeting the community’s needs. <br /> More opportunities to drive deeper into the truths in the Bible are needed.<br /> Equip people to be able to turn away from Satan and this world. Expect it. <br /> Determination of God’s plan for here and focus/intentionality on fulfilling it. <br /> Mentoring of new Christians and future leaders. <br /> Attention to prayer ministry; more support/nurturing and PR. <br /> Appropriate increase, alignment, and utilization of the staff. Better use of<br /> deacons. <br />
24<br />Critical Themes for the Future<br />A vision is a clear mental image of a preferable future imparted by God to His chosen servants and is based on an accurate understanding of God, self/membership, and circumstances.<br />
25<br />Next Steps/Wrap-up<br />Today’s topics<br />Process of the Journey<br />God Must Be At The Center<br />What Is Vision? Why Is It Important? Vision Killers<br />Questionnaire Responses<br />Identified Critical Elements of HPC Vision<br />Action Items Review<br />Next meeting scheduled for Wed., Sept 16th<br />David to provide sample vision statements based on today’s discussion<br />Discuss Communication Process & Next Steps<br />
28<br />SCC (Society for Church Consulting) – Church Health Survey Info<br />Developed by Thom S. Rainer<br />Used in over 2000 congregations<br />A perception survey (which can be their reality) of a sample of the congregation. <br />Depends on a minimum of 30 surveys or 15% of worship attendance, whichever is greater. <br /> Attempt to get diverse representation by age, tenure, and gender. <br /> Survey is administered by member of SCC consultant, returned to SCC, and results provided within 10 days. <br /> CHS sample report available. SCC member consultant analysis & support on future strategies. <br />Utilizes a health scale:<br /> 88.00 to 100.00 Very healthy<br /> 75.00 to 87.99 Healthy<br /> 69.00 to 74.99 Marginally Healthy<br /> 63.00 to 68.99 Marginally Unhealthy<br /> 50.00 to 62.99 Unhealthy<br /> 38.00 to 49.99 Very Unhealthy <br /> 00.00 to 37.99 Extremely Unhealthy<br />Measures seven areas:<br /> 1. Worship 5. Fellowship<br /> 2. Ministry 6. Prayer<br /> 3. Evangelism 7. Beliefs<br /> 4. Discipleship<br />160 Total Survey Questions – Sample questions shown on next page<br />
29<br />Sample Church Health Survey Questions<br />