CLIENT PAGE: Church Growth Consultations

Due I look forward to participating with you in the near future. To ensure the clinics make the desired impact and so that all participants will have a beneficial experience the following guidelines are helpful.

(If any of the below requirements are impractical or too demanding, please contact me at the earliest opportunity. We wish to make your learning experience the very best occasion possible.)

Consultation Helpers:

To ensure that the consultation gives you the most value for your time investment.

Consultation Assistant (1 person):

This is a lay person or staff member who will interface with your consultant regarding schedules, clinic setup needs, publicizing the clinics, general office coordination and scheduling focus group meetings.  Please let me know who this will be before when we talk over the phone. (Due to their responsibilities, it will be unlikely they will be able to participate in a focus group.)

Consultation Managers (1-3 people, optional but encouraged):

These are up to three lay people who will assist your consultant and your pastor with encouraging lay participation in the diagnostic process, monitoring progress of strategy groups.  Please let me know who this will be before when we talk over the phone

Online Questionnaires:

If any of your leaders or congregants do not have Internet access, please print out the questionnaires and send to your consultant the completed forms. Also, please note the due dates for both questionnaires.

Leadership Questionnaire

A URL link will be provided for the online questionnaire.

You will be given a RETURN by ______(date)______

Please direct up to 54 of your leaders to the first URL for the leadership survey. This questionnaire must be completed before my onsite visit with focus groups.

Congregational Questionnaire

A URL link will be provided for the online questionnaire.

You will be given a RETURN by ______(date)______

All congregants over the age of 15 should fill out one survey per person.

Additional Data Collection:

Email or s-mail (C3 International Inc, PO Box 333, Marion, IN 46952) as much of the following data as feasible before the “Focus Group” meetings.

  • Attendance figures and trends for the last ten years.
  • Leadership structure (flow chart, diagrams, etc.)
  • Professional (paid) leadership positions with a short explanation of each.
  • Lay leadership positions with a short explanation of each.
  • Public financial records.
  • History of the church (going back as far as feasible)
  • Demographic information and/or approximate zip codes from which the church draws a majority of its attendees.
  • Bulletins, newsletters and brochures.
  • Details of any special programs, such as capital campaigns, building programs, mergers, visioning events, etc.
  • Details of any growth analysis, data gathering, etc. such as church health surveys, demographic surveys, leadership surveys, etc.

FOCUS GROUP VISIT:

Schedule:

______(date)______  We will agree upon a date for your “Focus Group” visit.  This is the date for my onsite meeting with the focus groups. Focus groups will take place from 9 – 2 pm.  There should be five (5) groups of 7 -18 people.  It is best if chairs are set up in a circle with a table and chair (for your consultant) as part of the circle.  Please a comfortable chair and electrical power to the table. (Remember, due to their responsibilities it will be unlikely the consultation assistant will be able to participate in a focus group.)

  • 9-9:50  Long-standing members.
  • 10-10:50 Newer members (attendees), e.g. those who have started attending in the last three years.
  • 11-11:50 Members or volunteers who have become less involved in the church over the last three years.
  • 12-12:50 Church staff has their focus group over lunch with consultant (onsite, please provide food)
  • 1:-1:50 Focus group of your choosing.

Sunday:

I will speak at your church on the topic: “Cure for the Common Church.”

Sermon verse:  Matthew 28:19-20 (please display this on the screen during the sermon)

18 Jesus came near and spoke to them, “I’ve received all authority in heaven and on earth. 19  Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20  teaching them to obey everything that I’ve commanded you. Look, I myself will be with you every day until the end of this present age.” Matthew 28:19-20 Common English Bible (CEB)

Please purchase books to give away or sell to congregants. The book, “Cure for the Common Church” is the textbook for the consultation.

PRESENTATION VISIT:

______(date)______ We will agree upon a date for the diagnostic workshop and Dr. Whitesel’s analysis.  This will take place from 9am – 1 pm on Saturday.  It is best to supply a lunch to keep the attendees focused.  You will receive a mater copy of the diagnostic report three days in advance.  Please make copies for all those who attend.  You can open this workshop up to all congregants or a select group of leaders.

Participation:

  1. The congregation should be encouraged that these are important “planning sessions” for the church. All interested members should attend (however you may limit this if the number becomes too extensive).
  2. In addition, we want to solicit the involvement of as many new (and potential) leaders as possible. Look around and seek to identify newer members (or attendees) who you think can be mentored into future leadership positions. These people will often become invigorated by the new ideas and directions generated at the diagnostic event.

Saturday Schedule:

Coffee, juice and breakfast snacks (doughnuts, pastries and/or fruit is helpful) should be available before the event. (I appreciate decaf coffee). There are two breaks during the 9 to noon period.

A working lunch (for Strategy Groups) will take place from noon to 1 PM. Strategy Groups will brainstorm ideas (with guided facilitation by myself) on how to address individual growth inhibitors. Each group will present via a plenary session what they will accomplish before the next clinic (i.e. the next 90 days).

The clinic will conclude at 1 PM.

FOLLOW-UP WORKSHOPS:

______(date)______ we will agree upon the date for the first of the followup clinics.  The remaining followup clinics (every 3 months) will be scheduled 3 months in advance.

ALL CLINIC REQUIREMENTS (except focus group visit):

Data Projector.

I will utilize PowerPoint computer presentations to aid in subject retention. A data projector (sometimes called a “video projector,” or “media projector”) is needed. These can often be borrowed from a school, but it must be capable of accepting one of the following:

  • A computer input,
  • A RCA Video-In input (sometimes called RCA Composite Video input),
  • or a S-Video input.

A chalkboard, whiteboard or flip-chart with writing utensils.

A lectern capable of holding a moderately-sized 3-ring notebook and a Bible.

A table at least 4 ft. by 4 ft. at the front of the lecture area for my research materials.

A Resource table: The client will make available and staff a resource table with books relevant to each event based upon discussions between your leaders and your consultant. Client will purchase books themselves and client will receive all proceeds from sales.

Questions:

If you have questions, ideas or concerns about the above provisions please contact me at 888-237-5267.

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