CLIENT PAGE: Church Growth Consultations

(The following contains information emailed to you.  This is for further reference.)

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 (1-4 people, optional but encouraged):

These are up to four 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 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 (include job descriptions if available).
  • Lay leadership positions with a short explanation of each (include job descriptions if available).
  • 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 an agreed upon topic.

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 usually 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.

A data projector (sometimes called a “video projector,” or “media projector”) is needed. It must be capable of being controlled by myself from the stage area, i.e. please ensure that I can operate my computer from the stage, thus there should be a video cable running from my position on the stage to the projector (typically at the back of the auditorium).  A TV in lieu of a data projector is acceptable if it has a screen large enough to be seen clearly by all participants.

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 will be made available by the client. The client will staff this resource table with books relevant to each event based upon discussions between your leaders and your consultant. Client will purchase books themselves and client (e.g. the church) will receive all proceeds from sales.

Questions:

If you have questions, ideas or concerns about the above provisions feel free to contact me.

7SYSTEMS.CHURCH CONSULTATION: Assess, Improve & Grow the 7 Systems of Church Health and Growth

(contact bob@ChurchHealth.net to discuss your personalized plan.)

A popular and precise consultation, assessing strengths, analyzing attendance patterns and diagnosing growth inhibitors. Dr. Whitesel will personally present an in-depth analysis and suggestions. Then he will work alongside you to develop a workable growth plan

Includes:

  • 1 or 2 year Implementation Assistance
  • Interviews (in-depth) with: Pastors and Staff, Key Lay Leaders; Employing (among other data-gathering instruments):
    • Leadership Questionnaires
    • Congregational Questionnaires

Analysis of:

  • Congregational Concerns,
  • Leadership Opinions
  • Conflict w/ Resolution Plans Given
  • Staffing Requirements
  • Your Community’s Social, Economic, Ethnic and Receptivity factors.
  • Programs that will work in your situation.

7 systems yellow

A  Growth Strategy (custom-tailored), that will:

  • Correct problems
  • Include yearly actions steps and goals
  • Plan and evaluate potential problems before they arise,
  • Employ realistic growth projections.
  • Strengthen the church.

7 on-site visits with 6 Custom-tailored clinics. Proposed schedule (this schedule is customizable):

  • Visit 1:  Data-gathering and focus-group meetings. Dr. Whitesel will meet with focus groups (usually five [5] groups of 7 -18 people) including:

Group 1: Long-standing members.

Group 2: Newer members (attendees), e.g. those who have started attending in the last three years.

Group 3: Members of volunteers who have become less involved in the church over the last three years.

Group 4: Church staff has their focus group over lunch with consultant (onsite, please provide food)

Group 5: Focus group of your choosing. However, the above focus groups are customizable to your needs and situation.

In addition, Dr. Whitesel will meet with the pastor and any senior leaders for a debriefing after the focus group meetings.

  • Visit 2: Usually 30-60 days later this is a presentation of the analysis via a Diagnostic Workshop. You can open this workshop up to all congregants or a select group of leaders. This workshop will identify:

“The 7 Systems of a Growing Church.” Here you will see your congregational scores in areas you are doing well and areas we will work together to improve. This applies insights from the largest survey of healthy churches in America: The American Congregations Study.

“The 8 Steps to Church Change.” Here we will apply Kotter’s research-proven 8-step process to improve any of the areas we identify as in need of change or improvement.

Attendees will participate by forming short-term “task forces” to each look at one of the areas that needs to change. This creates input from your congregation and its leaders.

  • Visit 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7: Usually every 3-4 months, these are customizable follow-up clinics where Dr. Whitesel will be onsite to help:

Answer questions from leaders.

Adjust strategies as needed.

Provide more information.

Meet with any leaders/congregants that want more input or assistance.

Keep the process moving forward so real change takes place.

  • PLUS visits 1, 3, 5 and 7 include an analysis of weekend services including an analysis of:

People flow before and after the services,

Hospitality effectiveness,

Facility improvements or adjustments.

Liturgical/order of service and flow, etc.

Cost:  $5.800 (2 years) or $4,800 (1 year) … our fee structure is 1/2  to 1/3 the fee most church growth consultants charge.

AND this consultation is eligible for:

  • Fee Support (reduced cost based on need and or church size, e.g. sliding scale), just ask.
  • Low Monthly Payment Plan, (for example, the payment for the 2-year plan can be stretched over 24 months):
    • 2-year rate: $5800 = $1600 (initial payment) + $175 a mo. for 24 months.
    • 1-year rate: $4800 = $600 (initial payment) + $350 a mo. for 12 months.

Church Diagnostic Multicultural Transition & Growth Plan

(contact bob@ChurchHealth.net to discuss your personalized plan)

Bob Whitesel D.Min., Ph.D. and his colleague Mark DeYmaz D.Min. are regarded as the nation’s leading experts on transitioning churches into healthy multi-cultural congregations. They have authored the definitive book on this process published by Abingdon Press and titled: re:MIX: Transitioning Your Church to Living Color (2016).

In addition, Dr. Whitesel is the founder of the leading academic network for the study of healthy multicultural churches, titled The Academy of Intercultural Church Research.

This consultation with Dr. Whitesel develops a planning process for a church that is wrestling with the implications of change in order to reach multiple cultures in growth and harmony.

Includes:

  • 1 or 2 year Implementation Assistance
  • In-depth Interviews with: Pastors and Staff, Key Lay Leaders, Group Interviews with Senior Members
  • Employing (among other data-gathering instruments):
    • Leadership Questionnaires
    • Congregational Questionnaires

Analysis of:

  • Each culture’s concerns and opinions.
  • Basis of cultural conflict and unity strategies.
  • How to create growth with several cultural groups at the same time.
  • How to foster greater unity during growth.
  • Strategies and programs that will work in your specific situations to reach and unite multiple cultures.

A Growth Strategy (custom-tailored), that will:

  • Balance the cultural make-up in you planning.
  • Unite multiple cultures under one roof and one leadership.
  • Plan and evaluate changing cultural needs.
  • Employ healthy and realistic growth projections.
  • Broaden the church membership base.
  • Increase the church’s community impact.

7 on-site visits with 6 Custom-tailored clinics. Proposed schedule (this schedule is customizable):

  • Visit 1:  Data-gathering and focus-group meetings. Dr. Whitesel will meet with focus groups (usually five [5] groups of 7 -18 people) including:

Group 1: Long-standing members.

Group 2: Newer members (attendees), e.g. those who have started attending in the last three years.

Group 3: Members of volunteers who have become less involved in the church over the last three years.

Group 4: Church staff has their focus group over lunch with consultant (onsite, please provide food)

Group 5: Focus group of your choosing. However, the above focus groups are customizable to your needs and situation.

In addition, Dr. Whitesel will meet with the pastor and any senior leaders for a debriefing after the focus group meetings.

  • Visit 2: Usually 30-60 days later this is a presentation of the analysis via a Diagnostic Workshop. You can open this workshop up to all congregants or a select group of leaders. This workshop will identify:

“The 7 Marks of a Growing Church.” Here you will see your congregational scores in areas you are doing well and areas we will work together to improve. This applies insights from the largest survey of healthy churches in America: The American Congregations Study.

“The 8 Steps to Church Change.” Here we will apply Kotter’s research-proven 8-step process to improve any of the areas we identify as in need of change or improvement.

Attendees will participate by forming short-term “task forces” to each look at one of the areas that needs to change. This creates input from your congregation and its leaders.

  • Visit 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7: Usually every 3-4 months, these are customizable follow-up clinics where Dr. Whitesel will be onsite to help:

Answer questions from leaders.

Adjust strategies as needed.

Provide more information.

Meet with any leaders/congregants that want more input or assistance.

Keep the process moving forward so real change takes place.

  • PLUS visits 1, 3, 5 and 7 include an analysis of weekend services including an analysis of:

People flow before and after the services,

Hospitality effectiveness,

Facility improvements or adjustments.

Liturgical/order of service and flow, etc.

Cost:  $5.800 (2 years) or $4,200 (1 year) … Our fee structure is 1/2  to 1/3 the fee most church growth consultants charge.

AND this consultation is Eligible for:

  • Fee Support (reduced cost based on need).
  • A low monthly payment plan.

INTERNATIONAL SPEAKER

“He knocked it out of the ballpark … great  content and great sense of humor … a dynamic, Spirit-infused, Bob at Renovate 14.2content-rich presenter you will be richly blessed by booking as a keynote speaker for major gatherings.

– Dr. Arlen Salte, Executive Director, Break Forth Canada Conference.


– from Church Central’s Turnaround 20/20 summit in 2012. http://www.churchcentral.com/videos/Z3gySDt2/Get-radical-ask-your-community-what-it-needs


Find more videos of Dr. Whitesel here.

Church Growth Diagnostic Plan w/ Conflict Resolution

(contact bob@ChurchHealth.net to discuss your personalized plan)

This diagnostic is required when conflict  has created an impasse so that attendance is declining. Careful mediation built upon the strengths  of your members   leads to a mutually agreeable growth plan.

This consultation also includes an in-depth 50+ page document of analysis and suggestions, and in addition Dr. Whitesel will work with you to develop a workable 10-Year Growth Plan.

Includes: 

  • 1 or 2 year Implementation Assistance
  • In-depth Interviews with: Pastors and Staff, Opinion makers, Key Lay Leaders
  • Employing (among other data-gathering instruments):
    • Conflict Perception Questionnaires (Confidential)
    • Congregational Questionnaires

Analysis of:

  • Genesis of the conflict,
  • Basis of the conflict,
  • Contributors to the conflict,
  • Forecast of unresolved conflict
  • 5 methods of handling conflict including:
    • Avoidance,
    • Acceptance,
    • Accommodation,
    • Compromise,
    • Collaboration.

A 10-Year Growth Strategy (custom-tailored), that will:

  • Tactfully and carefully resolve conflict
  • With bi-yearly actions steps and goals
  • Plan and evaluate related problems before they arise,
  • Employ realistic growth projections.
  • Harmonize the church.

7 Custom-tailored clinics

7 on-site visits

Toll Free phone support

Cost:  $5.800 (2 years) or $4,200 (1 year) … Our fee structure is 1/2  to 1/3 the fee most church growth consultants charge.

AND this consultation is Eligible for: 

  • Fee Support (reduced cost based on need)
  • A low monthly payment plan.

Church Growth Diagnostic Plan for The Church That Needs to Change

(contact bob@ChurchHealth.net to discuss your personalized plan)
This develops a 10-Year Planning process for a church that is wrestling with the implications of change in order to reach younger generations.

Dr. Whitesel is a leading expert in the field of growing the “multiple generation church” where three (3) generations can peacefully co-exist under one roof, one name and one senior pastor.  Dubbed “THE MULTI-GENERATIONAL CHURCH” or “MULTI-GEN CHURCH” (for short) his strategies have revolutionized the process of keeping older churches healthy without alienating the older members of the congregation.  Highly recommended! 

Includes: 

  • 1 or 2 year Implementation Assistance
  • In-depth Interviews with: Pastors and Staff, Key Lay Leaders, Group Interviews with Senior Members
  • Employing (among other data-gathering instruments):
    • Leadership Questionnaires
    • Age-specific Congregational Questionnaires

Analysis of:

  • Each generation’s concerns and opinions,
  • Basis of generational conflict,
  • Why young people don’t attend your church,
  • Staffing for the “MULTI-GEN CHURCH”
  • Your community’s Generational Make-up.
  • Strategies and programs that will work in your situation to reach younger generations.

A 10-Year Growth Strategy (custom-tailored), that will:

  • Balance your generational make-up
  • Develop three healthy generations under one roof and one leadership.
  • Plan and evaluate changing generational needs,
  • Employ healthy growth projections.
  • Broaden the church membership base.

6 Custom-tailored clinics

8 on-site visits

Toll Free phone support

Cost:  $5.800 (2 years) or $4,200 (1 year) … Our fee structure is 1/2  to 1/3 the fee most church growth consultants charge.

AND this consultation is Eligible for: 

  • Fee Support (reduced cost based on need)
  • A low monthly payment plan.

10-Year Church Growth Diagnostic Plan for The Growing Church

(contact bob@ChurchHealth.net to discuss your personalized plan)
This develops a 10-Year Realistic Growth Plan for a church that growing and trying to meet the needs of an expanding flock while simultaneously planning for the future.

Dr. Whitesel will bring: planning insights, examples of what is working in similar-sized congregations around the nation, and precise planning tools; relieving you of much of the work, investigation, and worry over the best (for you) growth strategies to pursue.

Includes:

  • 1 or 2 year Implementation Assistance
  • In-depth Interviews with:
  • Pastors and Staff, Key Lay Leaders,
  • Employing (among other data-gathering instruments):

    • Leadership Questionnaires
    • Congregational Questionnaires,
    • Forecasting Questionnaires

Analysis of:

  • Growth speed, plateaus, and projections,
  • Upcoming attendance barriers and what you can do about them,
  • The changes in management styles that are necessary as a grows continues,
  • Staffing for continued growth,
  • Your community’s size and potential congregational size,
  • Strategies and programs that will work in your situation to maintain health while growing.

A 10-Year Growth Strategy (custom-tailored), that will provide:

  • Yearly Growth Projections, with self-evaluation,
  • Planning for changing congregational needs due to changes in size,
  • Forecasting of the programs and ministries necessary for each stage of growth. .
  • Realistic, yet healthy growth projections
  • Balanced to the size of your community,
  • As well as past growth rates.
  • A broadened church’s strategy with sustained ministry and outreach.

7 Custom-tailored clinics

9 on-site visits

Toll Free phone support

Cost:  $6.800 (2 years) or $5,200 (1 year) … Our fee structure is 1/2  to 1/3 the fee most church growth consultants charge.

AND this consultation is Eligible for:

  • Fee Support (reduced cost based on need)
  • A low monthly payment plan.