Is your church healthy? How do you know?

We wouldn’t forsake a regular trip to the doctor to find out about our physical health, so why wouldn’t we do regular “check-ups” to make sure our churches are healthy? The truth is, healthy churches are willing to do an honest assessment of what their current reality is and then dream and strategize towards a preferred future. At Converge MidAmerica, we want to provide a variety of opportunities that will allow you to assess your church health. Following are a list of assessments you can participate in with coaching from Converge MidAmerica.

Natural Church Development

Natural Church Development (NCD) is an assessment tool based on an international study of 1,000 churches in 32 countries with the goal of discovering principles of church health that are universally valid across cultures. The research findings confirmed eight quality characteristics, or eight systems that keep a church engaged in God’s mission in a healthy manner. These eight systems are:

  • Empowering leadership
  • Gift Based Ministry
  • Passionate Spirituality
  • Inspiring Worship
  • Effective Structures
  • Need Oriented Evangelism
  • Holistic Small Groups
  • Loving Relationships

An NCD assessment will pinpoint areas of strength and weakness in your church, helping determine what systems are working and which ones need attention. A Converge MidAmerica coach will help guide you through an action plan of improvement.

The cost:

  • $400 for Converge MidAmerica churches
  • $200 for Converge MidAmerica churches doing NCD for the first time
  • $800 for Non-Converge churches

If you would like to schedule an NCD assessment for your church, please contact Bryan Moak at bryan@convergemidamerica.org.

Church Unique

There are thousands of churches in America whose mission is the Great Commission. It is, after all, our collective call as churches. But how does each local church fit into that collective call? God has called your church to create a gospel picture, a vision of your future that is unique to you. Surrounding that beautiful vision picture is a frame that draws attention and focus to that vision. Church Unique is a several month/meeting long intensive for your church leadership to build and affirm that frame and picture, resulting in increased focus and intentionality to God’s specific call to you and your church.

The cost to take your church leadership through Church Unique is:

  • $3000 for Converge MidAmerica churches (including all travel)
  • $5000 for Non-Converge MidAmerica churches (plus travel)

If you would like to schedule Church Unique for your church, please contact Bryan Moak at bryan@convergemidamerica.org.

Leading From Your Strengths

Not to be confused with “Strengths Finder,” “Leading From Your Strengths” is a leadership tool that helps you understand in a fresh way that no two people lead the same way. Just as God has uniquely wired us in our personalities, he has also uniquely wired us in terms of how we lead. The problem is, we are often caught in a trap of leading in ways we weren’t wired to lead.

“Leading From Your Strengths” deals with the 70/30 principle. Are we working in our strength area/passion area/tank filling areas 70% of the time, and our growth areas/tank drainer areas 30% of the time?

Beyond the personal assessment, this tool was built with teams in mind. Understanding the way that God has wired the other members of your team will help your effectiveness as a team, as well as where you may need to think through the type of person that will help round off your team. Whether you are a team that has been together for a long time, or you are a brand new team, “Leading From Your Strengths” WILL improve your work together for the Gospel.

The cost:

  • $200 plus $25 per participant for Converge MidAmerica churches
  • $400 plus $25 per participant for Non-Converge MidAmerica churches

If you would like to schedule a Leading From Your Strengths assessment for your church, please contact Bryan Moak at bryan@convergemidamerica.org.

Church Effectiveness Survey

The Church Effectiveness Survey, powered by MinistryMatch, is an all church survey that not only gives you an anonymous snapshot of who your people are from a physical demography (who they are and where they come from), but also a spiritual demography (what they believe and practice). Are your people reading their Bible, praying and sharing their faith? Do they see themselves as growing in their relationship with Christ, or are they stagnant or even backsliding? How many people in your church consider themselves as non-christians? The Church Effectiveness Survey provides your leadership team invaluable insights that will strengthen your discipleship focus and strategy.

The cost:

  • $300 for Converge MidAmerica churches

If you would like to schedule a Church Effectiveness Survey for your church, please contact Kirsten Andreson at kirsten@convergemidamerica.org.