Church Planting shown to be more effective than other forms of outreach for real growth

One of the indicators we have put on the Framework for churches to consider is ” considering the value of church planting as one of the more effective tools”. This is based on research shown below:-

The NCLS report on Church planting, concluded that Church plants are more effective in connecting with newcomers to church life.  In the Church plants surveyed, 16% of attenders were newcomers to church life in comparison to 10% of attenders in established churches.  Church plants are more effective than other forms of outreach. “…Church plants have higher percentages of newcomers than churches engaged in street evangelism, churches conducting services for the unchurched (eg ‘seeker services’), churches conducting mission activities at schools or churches offering social services such as training or support programs” (Steve Addison).  The NCLS survey indicates that healthy Mother churches continue to grow after the expenses of planting a daughter church. (http://givemetruth.net/infocus/needed-new-churches/)

Also, conducting research into the needs of the local community before planting a church has been shown to be very effective in making sure that it is an outreach church and also in bringing people in. Tools are available to help churches do this from NCLS.church growth

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5 Ways to Connect with Millennials

I was excited when I read this research from the Barna Group on ways to connect with the younger generation at church, as all the points were ones we have covered in the Church Health Framework and so have evidence that people are crying out for certain things. The real growth is really only coming from young people so that is why it is crucial for churches to be looking at this.

If your church is not providing mechanisms to cover these elements, you could take responsibility and begin a dialogue with leadership, bringing it to the attention of those who do not have time to research these things. We are all responsible for building our church into the beautiful bride of christ that God wants. We believe so strongly that rebuilding the temple is critical for our nation as a first step and we have had prophetic words from Haggai confirming this. In the book of Haggai it talks about how, when the organisational leaders, priests and the people came together, the glory of the lord was far greater. All working together is the key to bringing us to a higher level. What is exciting is, many are saying they too have heard God speaking out of Haggai at the moment.

We also have another part of the framework that shows examples of how organisations are pulling together now to rebuild in a way that if they did not work in collaboration, their effect would be very limited (if not held back from not working in unity).

Here is the article and research results

https://www.barna.org/barna-update/millennials/682-5-ways-to-connect-with-millennials#.VG7gSjg9Kpochurch growth

If you have examples of good processes that your church is implementing, please share a sample so we can learn and maybe even refer them as shining lights!!!

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25 practical ways to bring Church Back to More Relevance

Blog from CEO of the Church Excellence Framework

Bringing the church back to more relevance

We are excited that many are now interested and sense God calling us back to a more biblical ecclesia definition of church and away from institutional Christianity which we believe has a lot of ways of operating that are not working and do not have the DNA of the bible .  The framework proposes some practical methods and principles to move us in that direction.

Here are a sample of some principles that are incorporated in the frameworkchurch growth

  • Returning the church to the original definition of Ecclesia that all people have authority and involvement, not just leaders
  • Church serving the people not the people serving the church vision
  • Moving to senior pastor as a facilitator rather than the person who must give permission before people are allowed to act in their area of passion.
  • Clarifying and serving the Calling of People vs Serving the Church vision, even if outside church activities
  • Priesthood of All Believers and Every Member Ministry ( 1 Peter 2: 9) to allow less pressure on paid  pastors
  • Bringing back the  Five Fold Ministry (Eph 5) ensuring tha tevery church has apostolic oversight, their is a role for the evangelist  and teachers are not the senior pastors responsible for a lot of admin that is not their gifting.
  • Increasing understanding of the heavenly court systems and unseen realities of heaven that have been hidden from traditional church teaching
  • More effective methods of  Empowering Establishing and Equipping of the Saints going beyond small groups and sermons.
  • Moving from  “Connecting to a Church” to Measures of Transformation
  • Moving away from Attraction Model to Discipling Model – Platforms for Community Engagement not Concert Attendance
  • Moving towards measuring “Numbers of disciples effectively equipped and able to reach out ” versus “Numbers attending Church”
  • Changing the staffing structure from appointing ministry roles to appointing by critical Functions such as HR and Communications, Head of Spiritual Operations, Head of Evangelism. Avoiding pastors seeking to do numerous tasks not in alignment with their gifting
  • Principle that Quality Relationships result in engagement more than  content so reducing heavy listening content and more netweaving.
  • Allowing Debate and Questioning as a key tool for Learning
  • Encouraging greater unity with other Christian denominations and Christian organizations by seeing more products advertised and working with other churches and city council.
  • Allowing people to share  prophesy in services and minister to others as a regular event
  • Encouraging  Trust and Believing the Best in Others particularly new people moving from ” we need to get to know you” philoshosy which slows down disciplemaking and breeds resentment.
  • Moving from Teaching to Learning with emphasis on outcomes such as growth of believer not input such as how many in small groups
  • Multiplication and one-on-one Disciple-making (2 Tim 2:2) not just group discipling
  • Encouraging more Church Transparency and Lives that Invite Feedback and Development
  • Moving  from “Shouting on the Mountaintop” ie  preaching in a church mainly full of believers  to “Immersing in thflowcharte Culture”
  •  Encouraging lots of resources to be given to people even if from different parts of the Body of Christ
  •  Honouring People, evaluating how people are loved  and treated fairly “All men will know you are my disciples if you love one another” (John 13:34)
  •  Encouraging Creativity in Spiritual formation and Cross fertilization of Ideas
  •  Interactive Action Learning that supports developing a genuine relationship with God
  • Going to Non-believers in their situation and Walking with Them (Missional Community) rather than inviting people to our environment
  • Supporting Christians in the Marketplace (Being Salt and Light)
  • Returning the church to the original definition of Ecclesia that all people have authority and involvement not just leaders
  • Bringing the charismatic, contemplative, community care, evangelistic, mystic style churches into one church rather than churches specializing, on the basis that all elements are biblical and not to be excluded.

We have found a great resource on helping people understand more of the disciple making principles encouraged by the framework –

see here http://churchanarchist.com/real-discipleship-creates-disciple-makers

 

 

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If you agree with these principles can we ask that you send this to your pastor and talk to him about his response- also asking if they undertake any church health exercises. It is Gods Church and the peoples church,  not the pastors church remember. We have a right to discuss good biblical principles with our leaders and if they are good leaders they will be happy to discuss things without being defensive.

We would like to post on topics you are interested in so please do let us know  in the comments section below , what you want to know about and also we are interested in hearing from you on what you want to see in church that you are not currently.

Also we would appreciate you sharing our blog with others to help build a more relevant church that is reaching a greater number of people.

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12 profound ways to actively engage people in Church?

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Here is a small extract from the accompanying notes in the framework on one of the  indicators  – “evidence is sought that people are actively engaged with the body of Christ”.

Here are some ways to actively engage people so they will want to continue in their walk with God and stay in church:-

  • Feeling you are needed. We suggest a process here in the notes to engage people in a conversation so you get to know them and what God has laid on their hearts.
  • Your passions are taken seriously and you are helped to see some small progress. This need only be  in a few small areas to be really encouraging for someone.
  • Serving in a  community project run by people outside the church ie ( not your own), so you are mixing with the community. This done as a group with the church can be very engaging as you are serving with a purpose not just socialising.
  • Empowering  others to empower people.- we have coaching models to share in the framework.church pic
  • You know and believe in the vision values and goals (hence good communication of them)
  • Someone is loving you and encouraging you to be a part (This is where coaching can really help with connection outside of activities)
  • You have meaningful relationships that challenge you to grow (Can come from plenty of networking time in meetings, encouraging people to stay and not have excessive content meetings). This allows the power of netweaving to take place.
  • Churches encourage a culture of noticing the newer members and taking initiative to ask them how they may serve them or love them.
  • Being asked what you would like to see – this could be done via various methods such as a blog, forums with different categories of people, including new people, surveys, etc.
  • Being provided resources, encouragement, placing people above the needs of the building or organized  programme
  • Sermon key points could be placed on an e-newsletter with reminders.
  • A video sharing key learning points from the last sermon and the next sermon could be placed on Facebook, website or e-newsletter to spark interest and give them a reason to attend. Subjects posted in advance also do this. Commenting on how the spirit is speaking to us generally is very engaging.

By asking the people maybe in a survey whether they feel engaged with the church and if not some of the reasons , could dramatically help planning and maybe keep some of those who are risk of becoming dechurched or struggling with their faith.

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How to ensure your sermon is engaging and people are learning

We all know that listening to sermons can be a poor way to learn. In the framework we have a lot of methods to allow engagement of people and ensure they are experiencing quality learning. For more info sign up for our email blog at www.churchexcellenceframework.com. The framework without the notes is now on the website without cost for a limited time.

Here are some more suggestions taken from the notes to the framework: –

  • YouTube
  • Invite people to SMS Questions to pastors phone who filters them and answers relevant ones for 10 mins after message. This allows people to concentrate and engage with the material and for us to get feedback about what people care about. Questions can always be returned to the next Sunday if  they are challenging!!!
  • Webinar software
  • Q and A from microphone, ensuring themes to build on material
  • Books and handouts recommended on a theme to ensure the learning is reinforced for those interested.
  • Props
  • Banner at back of the stage to reinforce a theme
  • PowerPoint presentations with main points which are then reinforced at the end of the sermon
  • In the e newsletter –  application questions to ponder through the week – this keeps the theme fresh. People like lots of communication to keep them engaged with their church and feel they are moving forward. This makes testimonies easier to get of what people have learnt.
  • Asking for a response for people to come forward after a message and offer ministry in-line with the sermon
  • Moving the worship so that it can be used as a reflection time for God to speak after the sermon.
  • Interspersing testimonies in between a message (a page on the website can collect testimonies on an ongoing basis). Video testimonies can be powerful.
  • Panel discussions.
  • Sheet given to guest speakers as to the minimum requirements in terms of presentation( eg title, summary, application, Powerpoint, bible references)church growth

Moving from MINISTRY Roles to FUNCTION

Typical Ministry Roles  are Youth Leader, Senior Pastor, Operations Pastor, Small Group Co-coordinator .

Moving away from Pastor Roles to FUNCTIONS is important because it moves from an employment model to a deployment model. This is critical so that vital aspects of the church are catered for and resources and time go to those, plus good coordination takes place. Critical aspects of church are good church growthcommunication, developing clear strategy, ensuring good networking, ensuring learning is taking place and good outreach is taking place.

Without this we can focus on activities rather than processes. Processes allow for greater growth. Activities may not mean anything at the end of the day. We can have lots of small groups and preaching but it does not mean people are learning or have a vital relationship with God. We also can avoid the trap that one person is doing multiple tasks that are not in line with their gifting. A teacher is very often not a good administrator for example and vice versa. If we pay for these functions or share them amongst churches we can ensure they are done, whereas the other functions can be done by congregation members to engage them with the people, and so stay connected with the vision.

The church excellence framework is available for viewing at http://www.churchexcellenceframework.com

FINANCE MARKETING SPIRITUAL OPERATIONS or MINISTRY ORGANISATIONAL DEVELOPMENT LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT ADMIN AND HR AND BUILDING OPERATIONS
FINANCE and Funding Communications and Marketing Both within and with fringe Christians or the outside world Program Support and Ministry Operations(Designing What is the  Strategy for Learning , overseeing small groups, Prayer ) Networking, New People integration, Deployment of People and Relationships to ensure people are engaged and transferring from one sector to another Learning,  setting up Coaching, Recruiting Qualified Trainers, Designing Competencies for Church Goals, Program for Sermons and evaluation of those methods Human Resources and Admin

Why hasn’t the Church been more influential?

Here are some interesting reasons why we felt compelled to write a framework to address some of these trends and to remove the obstacles so the church can grow well organically.

Some key reasons taken from the source quoted below include:

  • Denominational fragmentation, church splits, disunity and not working together
  • Reduction in emphasis on Evangelism and Discipleship
  • Underdeveloped Learning and Development Techniques in Churches.
  • Split between Teacher Role and Leader Function not clear. A lot of key function roles such as communication not covered as emphasis on ministry role.
  • Not empowering or trusting others in their own Church or resources outside the church
  • Failure to train Christians well in how to serve God in their daily occupations
  • Confusing Teaching for Learning and not focusing on transformation outcomes but statistics on attendance.
  • Certain Biblical Truths not being taught over the centuries
  • Exchanging accountability for people pleasing with a reduction in critical analysis
  • Allowing Greek philosophy to divide the sacred from the secular rather than our Hebraic roots of God being over all, through all and in all (e.g.: book of Leviticus and Eph 4:6)
  • Biblical literacy decline in both the Christian and wider community
  • Breakdown of moral fortitude through media influence and pornography
  • Cultural pressures overriding the knowledge of Jesus as the Lord of the marketplace
  • Dysfunction and disorder in our own homes
  • Failure to teach the next generation our Judeo/Christian heritage (Psalm 78:3-8)church growth
  • Lack of God space in the busyness of people’s everyday lives
  • Lack of training Christians how to serve God in their daily occupations
  • Silo mentalities that cause pastoral disinterest outside the walls of local churches.
  • Liberalism through the media infiltrating attitudes in the church
  • Misunderstanding about Evangelism and Discipleship in the marketplace
  • Scandals and abuses that have undermined trust in the church in the wider community.
  • Lack of allowing the prophetic gifting to develop and training in the prophetic

 

Source Peter Kentley GME Strategic Plan River of Life