There are times when you think that you are healthy but you go to the doctor for an annual physical or checkup. You can be sick and not know that you are sick. There are times that you go to the doctor because you know you are sick.
When you arrive at the doctor, the first thing they want to do is take your weight! Then temperature and blood pressure. The nurse usually asks questions about why you are there, where does it hurt, etc. The doctor looks in your ears, eyes, nose and then begins to discuss your physical health.
If the doctor does not have the correct information about your physical condition, he/she will be unable to effectively diagnosis and treat your situation. The same is true concerning church health. To effectively determine a course of corrective action concerning a church, it is necessary to know the condition of the church.
Ministry Toolkits has chosen a software tool to assist in this diagnosis/evaluation process called The Ministry Toolbox developed by Church Growth Resources. There are several software options on the market. This particular product was chosen because it evaluates both perception and reality. Example: I have never heard a church say it was anything but friendly. That is the perception of the members. Many times reality says something else.
Ministry Tookbox asks 46 questions, some with multiple answers. The software generates a report providing scores in both perception and reality. The twelve areas evaluated include:
- Small Groups/SS
Using this information, a strategic plan can be developed to bring health to a church.
One conclusion is obvious. Healthy things grow. That is true in every area of life including church life. Healthy churches grow. Therefore, as your church improves its health it will gain the strength it needs to make a significant impact on your community.
Our only agenda is to help your church become and remain healthy. You may already know what you want to do in your community, and it may be the right thing that needs to be done. Ministry Toolkits will help you and your team look at your church objectively to identify strengths and weaknesses and develop strategies to build on your strengths and strengthen your weaknesses.
Wouldn’t it be great to have the whole team pulling in the same direction as you pursue God’s vision for your church? (By the way, do you and your church know God’s vision for your church? You cannot be healthy unless you know!)
Allow Ministry Toolkits to help build momentum in your ministry by helping you to develop a consistent analytical process that will provide accurate information and suggest creative projects that you can successfully implement now.
As you experience success on a smaller scale, your congregation will feel more comfortable taking on larger challenges. All you need is an objective scale by which to measure your ministry health.
A Changed Church
It is one thing to desire a church with a particular set of characteristics; it is quite another thing to motivate and inspire enough people to participate so that it may be said the characteristic permeates your church life. The question is, “How do you do that?”
A Changed Church — One Person At A Time
We believe if you understand what needs to be done, have transferable concepts and a careful action plan, it is possible to change people one person at a time. When enough people have changed, then your church has changed. Jesus did it. It’s called discipleship.
Fiddling with the color of your brochure isn’t going to do it. Changing when you take the offering will not cause transformation.
Seeing your ministry as your responsibility to pour your life into the lives of others helps you become solution-oriented.
Your next step is to develop a plan.
Just like God created each human being differently, each church is different. One plan does not fit all.
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