Is it prescriptive?
No as you can choose what parts you feel God is laying on your heart. IF you disagree with an element you can leave that part or choose your own way of implementing an indicator. If you wish to be known as a Quality Church there will be requirements there.
What if I disagree?
Denominations could take this as a tool to amend indicators to suit.
How can you change large issues through a quality framework?
This framework allows debate over keys areas and ideas for implementation. As such it quickly expands knowledge without the old methods of conferences or workshops which often cover material not relevant.
What if I feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to start?
See the implementation hints. We have several versions that are more tailored to the state of growth in your church. Use your mentors and leadership team to give you feedback or do a survey and ask the congregation where they think you are strongest or weakest. We will attempt in future to hold webinars to assist understanding but the greatest way to understand is to start going through pieces and discussing it with your mentors. You can not expect to understand all aspects immediately as it is contains a lot of different aspects but by working through it you will find understanding increases.
How do I know if this works?
Organizations have been using most of these principles for many years with good results. These principles work. There is evidence in the Investors In People Link in the introduction. We cannot afford to keep doing the same things and expecting a different result. Any form of accountability is healthy and keeps us integral. WE cannot guarantee this will work as it depends on the quality and extent of implementation and there are of course other factors affecting church growth in society. This framework only covers certain aspects of church growth.
We do hope to bring many testimonies down the track of its value and will continue to adapt the framework as we get more and more quality input. There is never a fixed one-off solution but we have to adapt to the needs of society through contextualizing the gospel. This is the example that Jesus gave us.
Is this saying we should not have teaching?
No this is just challenging the method of teaching and encouraging more recognition of participatory methods so we ask ourselves to what extent are people learning. Teaching is not teaching if we are not learning – it is talking.
No One church can do everything?
If we use the principles of empowerment and trust ( referring to other resources in the body, not worrying if people will leave, or if their resource is biblical enough) and good communication, we may find that we can offer way more than we have using other methods. Offering a balanced church is critical. We must move away from one church specializing in one area.
What is the Cost to use this?
It is currently in the pilot phase so there is no charge but we do ask you keep us updated as to progress and share with your congregation that you are doing this to keep yourself accountable and transparent in your desire to become a quality church. Leadership coaching sessions can be requested.
The notes will be forwarded when you alert us that you commit to proceed.
Who is behind this initiative?
This is a collaboration of quality leaders from many different mainstream Christian backgrounds who have significant leadership experience in many different contexts including ministry, expertise in learning and development and organisational consultancy. It has also been shown to many senior pastors, theologians and leaders who have agreed to the need for change. It includes many of the same elements in the major initiative “fresh expressions” that has been tested for many years but is placed in a usable tool for ongoing reflection . As such it can be used in tandem with other leadership tools.
It reflects organic methods of growth and seeks to remove obstacles that inhibit that growth . It does not cover all ways of doing church but covers mainly structural processes that are critical for sustained growth.
Please Contact Us for more information