God designed the church to be a place of transformation. God designed such transformation to often happen in the context of smaller groups of people. But what characteristics are true of churches that are making transformed disciples through group-based ministry-whether small groups, missional communities, Sunday school, or some other expression of groups?
In Transformational Groups , Ed Stetzer and Eric Geiger have created a new scorecard that will provide a map to transformational success for your church’s groups ministry. Using data from the largest survey of pastors and laypersons ever done on the condition of groups in the church, they define a simple process to lead your groups from where they are to where God wants them to be.
The Transformational Church Assessment Tool (TCAT) provides your church with the ability to assess the health of the congregation, celebrate areas of strength, and address areas of concern. Old measures of church health have some value but often prove inadequate by themselves. LifeWay, through the Transformational Church initiative, is seeking to help churches change the scorecard – to better understand how to become a transformational church.
TCAT is the linchpin in the Transformational Church initiative. The guidance provided in the book and DVD discussion guide, and the help offered through consulting services, will be most difficult to apply without the ability to understand where your church is and how your congregation perceives what your church is doing. Transformational churches make disciples whose lives are being transformed by the gospel so that the culture around them is ultimately transformed.
Sometimes spiritual maturity is easy to spot. But effective discipleship requires a more thorough assessment. Even if you have a good idea of where you are spiritually (as an individual or a church), it can be a challenge to identify areas where you need to grow and what specific first steps you can take.
Now there is a way to help determine the spiritual maturity of your group or congregation, while revealing personal strengths and weaknesses to each individual – the Transformational Discipleship Assessment (TDA). This simple online tool helps leaders know where to focus in sermons, Bible studies, events, and other disciple-building activities. And it helps individuals and groups learn to take responsibility for their own discipleship.
The Church Planter Candidate Assessment (CPCA) is a statistically validated online assessment instrument which helps potential church planters and their respective organizations identify areas of established strength and other areas needing development as they prepare to plant a church.
What traits should a church planter have? Are there discernible personal qualities evident among those who have planted successfully? LifeWay Research endeavored to unearth the skills and mindsets common among the most proven church planters. What resulted were specific, measurable characteristics which were consistent among those who have had success in planting churches.
The LifeWay Research Pastor Search Congregational Survey download is a set of questions that a pastor search team can use to survey their congregation. This downloadable file is a useful resource for pastor search teams who often need input from their congregation to understand their church’s perceptions and expectations.
This survey provides questions that address many aspects of this important decision. The editable format allows the search team to simply select the questions they wish to use.
The 2016 Compensation Study was a joint project of state Baptist conventions, GuideStone Financial Resources, and LifeWay Christian Resources. Compensation and congregational data was collected anonymously from ministers and office/custodial personnel of Southern Baptist churches and church-type missions. Reports are based on compensation for over 14,000 respondents from 40 state conventions.
A key feature of this study is the customized report. It provides reports for only those churches of similar attendance, membership and budget to your own.