© 2008 Department of Church Growth and Evangelism
<ul><li>The answers are not in the data,  the answers are in the  conversations you have  about the data as  the Holy Spir...
Psalm 127:1 <ul><li>Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain. </li></ul>
Entropy <ul><li>Churches tend to lose vitality rather than gain it as time passes.  They also tend to give greater attenti...
Wineskins <ul><li>Revitalization takes a church’s old wineskin filled with weak wine, and reinvigorates the wine, while re...
Jesus said… <ul><li>You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free.  John 8:32 </li></ul>
© 2008 Department of Church Growth and Evangelism
Journey <ul><li>Vitality is not a program.  It is a journey.  </li></ul><ul><li>This journey is both adventurous and treac...
What happens when the church begins to grow?
<ul><li>Behavioral Covenants </li></ul>
<ul><li>Behavioral Covenants   —Holy Manners for a Faith Community </li></ul>A behavioral covenant is a written document d...
Behavioral Covenants in Scripture  <ul><li>Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves wit...
Guidelines for Loving Relationships and Values to Guide Our Interaction <ul><li>Colossians 3:12-17, 1 Thessalonians 5:12-2...
<ul><li>Our prayer is that every congregation become a healthy, missional church. </li></ul>
The Healthy Missional Church <ul><li>By  Healthy , we mean pursuing Christ. </li></ul><ul><li>By  Missional , we mean purs...
 
Marks  of   a  Healthy   Missional   Church  <ul><li>Centrality of the Word of God  (2 Timothy 3:16) </li></ul><ul><li>Lif...
Living It Out <ul><li>People…  </li></ul><ul><li>coming to Christ </li></ul><ul><li>integrating scripture into life and mi...
Living It Out <ul><li>People… </li></ul><ul><li>trusting one another and working in harmony </li></ul><ul><li>giving gener...
Surprise, Surprise, Surprise! <ul><li>Not every Covenant church is a healthy missional church. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Four types of established Covenant churches </li></ul>
The Healthy Missional Church <ul><li>Vital Signs – strong  </li></ul><ul><li>Frequency – consistently (80-100%) </li></ul>
The Healthy Missional Church <ul><li>What do we see?  People consistently… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>coming to Christ </li></u...
The Healthy Missional Church <ul><li>What do we see?  People consistently… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>trusting one another and ...
The Healthy Missional Church <ul><li>What do we feel? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Anticipation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gratit...
The Healthy Missional Church <ul><li>What do we hear? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We sense the presence of God here. </li></ul><...
The Stable Church <ul><li>Vital Signs – steady  </li></ul><ul><li>Frequency – occasionally (50-79%)  </li></ul>
The Stable Church <ul><li>What do we see? People occasionally… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>coming to Christ </li></ul></ul><ul><...
The Stable Church <ul><li>What do we see? People occasionally… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>trusting one another and working in h...
The Stable Church <ul><li>What do we feel? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Safe and comfortable for most </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>...
The Stable Church <ul><li>What do we hear? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We’re doing fine. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Who wouldn’t...
The Critical Moment Church <ul><li>Vital Signs – weakening  </li></ul><ul><li>Frequency – inconsistently (15-49%)  </li></ul>
The Critical Moment Church <ul><li>What do we see? People inconsistently… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>coming to Christ </li></ul...
The Critical Moment Church <ul><li>What do we see? People inconsistently… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>trusting one another and w...
The Critical Moment Church <ul><li>What do we feel? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Anxious </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inadequate </...
The Critical Moment Church <ul><li>What do we hear? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We are on a trajectory that we do not feel good ...
The At-Risk Church <ul><li>Vital Signs – faint or non-existent </li></ul><ul><li>Frequency – rarely or never (0-14%) </li>...
The At-Risk Church <ul><li>What do we see? People rarely or never… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>coming to Christ </li></ul></ul><...
The At-Risk Church <ul><li>What do we see? People rarely or never… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>trusting one another and working ...
The At-Risk Church <ul><li>What do we feel? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Anger </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blame </li></ul></ul><u...
The At-Risk Church <ul><li>What do we hear? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Why even bother?  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No one is g...
Spiritual Discernment <ul><li>Which category most closely describes your congregation?  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Healthy ...
The Seven Established  Churches of Revelation © 2008 Evangelical Covenant Church
The Seven Established  Churches of Revelation © 2008 Evangelical Covenant Church
The Seven Established  Churches of Revelation © 2008 Evangelical Covenant Church
The Seven Established  Churches of Revelation © 2008 Evangelical Covenant Church
The Seven Established  Churches of Revelation © 2008 Evangelical Covenant Church
Congregational Lifecycle © 2008 Evangelical Covenant Church Maturity “ There is a time to be born and a time to die.”  Ecc...
Congregational Lifecycle  and the Four Churches © 2008 Evangelical Covenant Church
V  I  M <ul><li>Vim is a derivative from the Latin term “vis” meaning direction, strength, force, vigor, power, energy, or...
V  I  M <ul><li>If we are to be spiritually formed in Christ, we must have and must implement the appropriate vision, inte...
V I M <ul><li>Vision </li></ul><ul><li>Intention </li></ul><ul><li>Means </li></ul>© 2008 Evangelical Covenant Church
V IM: Vision  <ul><li>The picture of a preferable future  – God’s future </li></ul><ul><li>Vision gets people in the game ...
Progressive Field  Cleveland Indians
Fenway Park Boston Red Sox
V I M: Intention  <ul><li>The resolve to move forward. </li></ul><ul><li>The will to live.  </li></ul><ul><li>“ With God’s...
VI M : Means  <ul><li>The available resources to accomplish the vision and follow through on our intentions. </li></ul><ul...
VI M : Leadership <ul><li>Gather and Advance </li></ul><ul><li>Chaos </li></ul>Catalyzer  Stabilizer Strengthen and Deepen...
VI M : Leadership <ul><li>lion </li></ul><ul><li>spark plug </li></ul><ul><li>rudder </li></ul><ul><li>charger </li></ul><...
Leadership Voice Equal  Voice Stabilizer Catalyzer   Catalyzer   Stabilizer Stabilizer Catalyzer
VIM Questions for the Congregation  <ul><li>Do we have the  vision  to become a healthy missional church? </li></ul><ul><u...
VIM Questions for the Congregation  <ul><li>Do we have the  intention  to become a healthy missional church? </li></ul><ul...
VIM Questions for the Congregation  <ul><li>Do we have the  means  to become a healthy missional church?  </li></ul><ul><u...
VIM Decision Point for the Congregation  <ul><li>Therefore, with God’s help and grace we will… </li></ul><ul><li>Remain th...
VIM Questions for the Pastor  <ul><li>Do I have the  vision  to lead this congregation to become a healthy missional churc...
VIM Questions for the Pastor  <ul><li>Do I have the  intention  to lead this congregation to become a healthy missional ch...
VIM Questions for the Pastor  <ul><li>Do I have the  means  to lead this congregation to become a healthy missional church...
VIM Decision Point for the Pastor  <ul><li>Therefore, with God’s help and grace I will… </li></ul><ul><li>Lead the change ...
© 2008 Department of Church Growth and Evangelism
A VERITAS FOLLOW-UP WORKSHOP
Two Fantasies <ul><li>We can  grow  without  change </li></ul><ul><li>We can  change  without  pain </li></ul>
 
Two Sets of Fears <ul><li>The fear that we will change too much </li></ul><ul><li>The fear that we will change too little ...
 
What kind of change are we talking about? <ul><li>Healthy  </li></ul><ul><li>Missional  </li></ul><ul><li>Change </li></ul>
Healthy Missional Change <ul><li>Healthy  = pursuing Christ </li></ul><ul><li>Missional  = pursuing Christ’s priorities in...
Healthy Missional Change Established Churches Healthy Missional Stable Critical  Moment At - Risk
Constructs <ul><li>Make the invisible visible </li></ul><ul><li>Provide a window into the reality of change </li></ul><ul>...
Adaptive Leadership © Peter L. Steinke Congregational Leadership in Anxious Times Stabilization De-stabilization New Orien...
Challenge Questions to break out of the Doom Loop <ul><li>Is the need for change valid? </li></ul><ul><li>Do we trust thos...
Adaptive Leadership <ul><li>“ A note of warning for those leading in established churches: what Western Christianity despe...
Adaptive Leadership <ul><li>By and large, many leaders in church organizations, particularly those with strong caring and ...
Adaptive Leadership <ul><li>The essential work of adaptive leadership is to resist these appeals. Instead, they must: 1) h...
<ul><li>Keeping an organization in a productive zone of disequilibrium is a delicate task; in the practice of leadership, ...
Vitality Resources <ul><li>Re:vive blog </li></ul><ul><li>Veritas </li></ul><ul><li>EPIC </li></ul><ul><li>CO-OP </li></ul...
Congregational Vitality Pathway <ul><li>The map is not the territory: </li></ul><ul><li>Even though a map is an artifact, ...
Congregational Vitality Pathway <ul><li>The purpose of the map is to show us the way into the country and prevent us from ...
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  1. 1. © 2008 Department of Church Growth and Evangelism
  2. 2. <ul><li>The answers are not in the data, the answers are in the conversations you have about the data as the Holy Spirit leads and guides. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Psalm 127:1 <ul><li>Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Entropy <ul><li>Churches tend to lose vitality rather than gain it as time passes. They also tend to give greater attention to what they “were” rather than what they are “becoming”. It is easier to look back into the past and smile on yesterday’s accomplishments than it is to look ahead into the future and think about tomorrow’s possibilities. </li></ul><ul><li>Chuck Swindoll </li></ul>
  5. 5. Wineskins <ul><li>Revitalization takes a church’s old wineskin filled with weak wine, and reinvigorates the wine, while rehydrating and refurbishing the wineskin. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Jesus said… <ul><li>You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free. John 8:32 </li></ul>
  7. 7. © 2008 Department of Church Growth and Evangelism
  8. 8. Journey <ul><li>Vitality is not a program. It is a journey. </li></ul><ul><li>This journey is both adventurous and treacherous. </li></ul>
  9. 9. What happens when the church begins to grow?
  10. 10. <ul><li>Behavioral Covenants </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Behavioral Covenants —Holy Manners for a Faith Community </li></ul>A behavioral covenant is a written document developed by leaders, agreed to and owned by its creators and practiced on a daily basis as a spiritual discipline. The Covenant answers the question, “How will we behave (how will we live together?) when we don’t understand each other and when we don’t agree?” Gil Rendle Behavioral Covenants in Congregations
  12. 12. Behavioral Covenants in Scripture <ul><li>Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Col 3:12-14 </li></ul>
  13. 13. Guidelines for Loving Relationships and Values to Guide Our Interaction <ul><li>Colossians 3:12-17, 1 Thessalonians 5:12-26 </li></ul><ul><li>At the Evangelical Covenant Church… </li></ul><ul><li>We seek to build each other up and not tear down. </li></ul><ul><li>We respect and honor the office of pastor and other lay leaders. </li></ul><ul><li>We seek to communicate clearly, completely, and directly. </li></ul><ul><li>We offer our opinions with charity and humility. </li></ul><ul><li>We make positive investments in each others lives. </li></ul><ul><li>We believe the best in each other and give each other the benefit of the doubt. </li></ul><ul><li>We seek to discover what is best for our church as a whole, not what may be best for us or for some small group in the church. </li></ul><ul><li>We accept disagreement, conflict and evaluation as normal and natural. </li></ul><ul><li>We are committed to being inconvenienced for the sake of the gospel. </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>Our prayer is that every congregation become a healthy, missional church. </li></ul>
  15. 15. The Healthy Missional Church <ul><li>By Healthy , we mean pursuing Christ. </li></ul><ul><li>By Missional , we mean pursuing Christ’s priorities in the world. </li></ul>
  16. 17. Marks of a Healthy Missional Church <ul><li>Centrality of the Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16) </li></ul><ul><li>Life-transforming walk with Jesus (John 3:3, 30; Phil. 1:6) </li></ul><ul><li>Intentional evangelism (Matthew 28:18-20) </li></ul><ul><li>Transforming communities through active compassion, mercy and justice ministries (Micah 6:8) </li></ul><ul><li>Global perspective and engagement (Acts 1:8) </li></ul><ul><li>Compelling Christian community (Acts 2:42-47) </li></ul><ul><li>Heartfelt worship (Psalm 138:1a; John 4:23) </li></ul><ul><li>Sacrificial and generous living and giving (Romans 12:1-8) </li></ul><ul><li>Culture of godly leadership (Hebrews 13:7) </li></ul><ul><li>Fruitful organizational structures (Exodus 18:13-26; Acts 6:1-7) </li></ul>
  17. 18. Living It Out <ul><li>People… </li></ul><ul><li>coming to Christ </li></ul><ul><li>integrating scripture into life and ministry </li></ul><ul><li>engaging God in worship </li></ul><ul><li>growing in Christ </li></ul><ul><li>serving with their gifts </li></ul><ul><li>loving and caring for each other </li></ul><ul><li>rallying around a compelling vision </li></ul><ul><li>praying together </li></ul><ul><li>working collaboratively with other ministries </li></ul>
  18. 19. Living It Out <ul><li>People… </li></ul><ul><li>trusting one another and working in harmony </li></ul><ul><li>giving generously and sacrificially </li></ul><ul><li>helping hurting people </li></ul><ul><li>living with a sense of hunger for God </li></ul><ul><li>believing in the leaders and the leaders believing in the people </li></ul><ul><li>working through conflict constructively </li></ul><ul><li>embracing evaluation as normal and natural </li></ul>
  19. 20. Surprise, Surprise, Surprise! <ul><li>Not every Covenant church is a healthy missional church. </li></ul>
  20. 21. <ul><li>Four types of established Covenant churches </li></ul>
  21. 22. The Healthy Missional Church <ul><li>Vital Signs – strong </li></ul><ul><li>Frequency – consistently (80-100%) </li></ul>
  22. 23. The Healthy Missional Church <ul><li>What do we see? People consistently… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>coming to Christ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>integrating scripture into life and ministry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>engaging God in worship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>growing in Christ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>serving with their gifts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>loving and caring for each other </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>rallying around a compelling vision </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>praying together </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>working collaboratively with other ministries </li></ul></ul>
  23. 24. The Healthy Missional Church <ul><li>What do we see? People consistently… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>trusting one another and working in harmony </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>giving generously and sacrificially </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>helping hurting people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>living with a sense of hunger for God </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>believing in the leaders and the leaders believing in the people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>working through conflict constructively </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>embracing evaluation as normal and natural </li></ul></ul>
  24. 25. The Healthy Missional Church <ul><li>What do we feel? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Anticipation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gratitude </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Accomplishment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enthusiasm and energy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Engaged </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unity and love </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chaotic at times </li></ul></ul>
  25. 26. The Healthy Missional Church <ul><li>What do we hear? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We sense the presence of God here. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We are glad to be a part of something special. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We are making a difference in this community and beyond. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We will do whatever it takes. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How can we keep moving forward with God? </li></ul></ul>
  26. 27. The Stable Church <ul><li>Vital Signs – steady </li></ul><ul><li>Frequency – occasionally (50-79%) </li></ul>
  27. 28. The Stable Church <ul><li>What do we see? People occasionally… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>coming to Christ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>integrating scripture into life and ministry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>engaging God in worship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>growing in Christ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>serving with their gifts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>loving and caring for each other </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>rallying around a compelling vision </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>praying together </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>working collaboratively with other ministries </li></ul></ul>
  28. 29. The Stable Church <ul><li>What do we see? People occasionally… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>trusting one another and working in harmony </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>giving generously and sacrificially </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>helping hurting people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>living with a sense of hunger for God. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>believing in the leaders and the leaders occasionally believing in the people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>working through conflict constructively </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>embracing evaluation as normal and natural </li></ul></ul>
  29. 30. The Stable Church <ul><li>What do we feel? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Safe and comfortable for most </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Low level of frustration for others </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Self sufficient </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All in order organizationally </li></ul></ul>
  30. 31. The Stable Church <ul><li>What do we hear? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We’re doing fine. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Who wouldn’t like our church? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We’re a “warm-and-friendly” church. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t mess up the building! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Let’s talk about it at the next meeting. </li></ul></ul>
  31. 32. The Critical Moment Church <ul><li>Vital Signs – weakening </li></ul><ul><li>Frequency – inconsistently (15-49%) </li></ul>
  32. 33. The Critical Moment Church <ul><li>What do we see? People inconsistently… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>coming to Christ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>integrating scripture into life and ministry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>engaging God in worship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>growing in Christ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>serving with their gifts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>loving and caring for each other </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>rallying around a compelling vision </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>praying together </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>working collaboratively with other ministries </li></ul></ul>
  33. 34. The Critical Moment Church <ul><li>What do we see? People inconsistently… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>trusting one another and working in harmony </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>giving generously and sacrificially </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>helping hurting people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>living with a sense of hunger for God </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>believing in the leaders and the leaders inconsistently believing in the people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>working through conflict constructively </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>embracing evaluation as normal and natural </li></ul></ul>
  34. 35. The Critical Moment Church <ul><li>What do we feel? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Anxious </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inadequate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fearful </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Confused </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Desperate </li></ul></ul>
  35. 36. The Critical Moment Church <ul><li>What do we hear? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We are on a trajectory that we do not feel good about. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Why are people leaving? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Something is wrong. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When we look in the mirror we are not what we used to be. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This is our moment of truth. </li></ul></ul>
  36. 37. The At-Risk Church <ul><li>Vital Signs – faint or non-existent </li></ul><ul><li>Frequency – rarely or never (0-14%) </li></ul>
  37. 38. The At-Risk Church <ul><li>What do we see? People rarely or never… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>coming to Christ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>integrating scripture into life and ministry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>engaging God in worship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>growing in Christ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>serving with their gifts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>loving and caring for each other </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>rallying around a compelling vision </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>praying together </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>working collaboratively with other ministries </li></ul></ul>
  38. 39. The At-Risk Church <ul><li>What do we see? People rarely or never… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>trusting one another and working in harmony </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>giving generously and sacrificially </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>meeting compassion, mercy and justice needs in their community and beyond </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>living with a sense of hunger for God </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>believing in the leaders and the leaders virtually never believing in the people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>working through conflict constructively </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>embracing evaluation as normal and natural </li></ul></ul>
  39. 40. The At-Risk Church <ul><li>What do we feel? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Anger </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blame </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sullen </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inferior </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grief and loss </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Denial </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Betrayed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Defeated </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Poor congregational self esteem </li></ul></ul>
  40. 41. The At-Risk Church <ul><li>What do we hear? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Why even bother? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No one is going to take my church away from me. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If we only had __________(fill in whatever) we would grow again. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All we have to do is hang on and God will help us. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>God would never let our beloved church die. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We are a family here, and we’ll do whatever it takes to keep our family together. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It’s all _______________’s fault. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Remember the good old days? </li></ul></ul>
  41. 42. Spiritual Discernment <ul><li>Which category most closely describes your congregation? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Healthy Missional Church </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Stable Church </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Critical Moment Church </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The At-Risk Church </li></ul></ul>marks the spot X
  42. 43. The Seven Established Churches of Revelation © 2008 Evangelical Covenant Church
  43. 44. The Seven Established Churches of Revelation © 2008 Evangelical Covenant Church
  44. 45. The Seven Established Churches of Revelation © 2008 Evangelical Covenant Church
  45. 46. The Seven Established Churches of Revelation © 2008 Evangelical Covenant Church
  46. 47. The Seven Established Churches of Revelation © 2008 Evangelical Covenant Church
  47. 48. Congregational Lifecycle © 2008 Evangelical Covenant Church Maturity “ There is a time to be born and a time to die.” Eccl. 3:2
  48. 49. Congregational Lifecycle and the Four Churches © 2008 Evangelical Covenant Church
  49. 50. V I M <ul><li>Vim is a derivative from the Latin term “vis” meaning direction, strength, force, vigor, power, energy, or virtue; and sometimes meaning sense, import, nature, or essence. Spiritual formation in Christ likeness is all of this to human existence. It is the path by which we can truly, as Paul told the Ephesians, “be empowered in the Lord and in the energy of his might” (Ephesians 6:10) and “become mighty with his energy through his Spirit entering into the inward person” (3:16). </li></ul>© 2008 Evangelical Covenant Church
  50. 51. V I M <ul><li>If we are to be spiritually formed in Christ, we must have and must implement the appropriate vision, intention, and means. Not just any path we take will do. If this VIM pattern is not put in place properly and held there, Christ simply will not be formed in us. </li></ul><ul><li>Dallas Willard </li></ul><ul><li>Renovation of the Heart </li></ul>© 2008 Evangelical Covenant Church
  51. 52. V I M <ul><li>Vision </li></ul><ul><li>Intention </li></ul><ul><li>Means </li></ul>© 2008 Evangelical Covenant Church
  52. 53. V IM: Vision <ul><li>The picture of a preferable future – God’s future </li></ul><ul><li>Vision gets people in the game </li></ul><ul><li>Vision gives people a target </li></ul><ul><li>Vision helps dreams become bigger than memories </li></ul>© 2008 Evangelical Covenant Church
  53. 54. Progressive Field Cleveland Indians
  54. 55. Fenway Park Boston Red Sox
  55. 56. V I M: Intention <ul><li>The resolve to move forward. </li></ul><ul><li>The will to live. </li></ul><ul><li>“ With God’s help we will do this.” </li></ul><ul><li>The willingness to count the cost and pay the price. </li></ul><ul><li>The willingness to ask the significant questions and take the significant steps. </li></ul>© 2008 Evangelical Covenant Church
  56. 57. VI M : Means <ul><li>The available resources to accomplish the vision and follow through on our intentions. </li></ul><ul><li>Asset – based thinking vs. Deficit – based thinking </li></ul>© 2008 Evangelical Covenant Church Mark 8:1-9
  57. 58. VI M : Leadership <ul><li>Gather and Advance </li></ul><ul><li>Chaos </li></ul>Catalyzer Stabilizer Strengthen and Deepen Stagnation
  58. 59. VI M : Leadership <ul><li>lion </li></ul><ul><li>spark plug </li></ul><ul><li>rudder </li></ul><ul><li>charger </li></ul><ul><li>captain </li></ul><ul><li>fast and furious </li></ul><ul><li>prophet </li></ul><ul><li>pusher </li></ul><ul><li>bulldozer </li></ul><ul><li>doing the right things </li></ul><ul><li>moving it forward </li></ul><ul><li>rock the boat </li></ul><ul><li>revolutionary </li></ul><ul><li>entrepreneur </li></ul><ul><li>creates conflict </li></ul><ul><li>enjoys change </li></ul><ul><li>mission </li></ul>lamb shock absorber keel comforter chaplain slow and steady priest puller R V doing things right keeping it together float the boat evolutionary manager avoids conflict enjoys consistency friends Catalyzer Stabilizer
  59. 60. Leadership Voice Equal Voice Stabilizer Catalyzer Catalyzer Stabilizer Stabilizer Catalyzer
  60. 61. VIM Questions for the Congregation <ul><li>Do we have the vision to become a healthy missional church? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do we understand the message and mission of Jesus? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do we understand if or what our unique approach is to that question? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do we understand how to communicate the vision with a sense of clarity and urgency? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do we understand how to help people buy into the vision? </li></ul></ul>
  61. 62. VIM Questions for the Congregation <ul><li>Do we have the intention to become a healthy missional church? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Are we willing to come before God with a sense of brokenness and desperation? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Are we willing to count the cost? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Are we willing to take an honest look at ourselves? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Are we willing to take responsibility for our own vitality? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Are we willing to follow the Spirit wherever the Spirit leads? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Are we willing to experience the fulfillment, joy and exhilaration of becoming a healthy missional church? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Are we willing to persevere through the growing pains of becoming a healthy missional church? </li></ul></ul>
  62. 63. VIM Questions for the Congregation <ul><li>Do we have the means to become a healthy missional church? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What is our asset base in terms of… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>people resources </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>spiritual resources </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>financial resources </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>community resources </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>conference resources </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>denominational resources </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In combination do we believe these provide a sufficient platform for moving forward? </li></ul></ul>
  63. 64. VIM Decision Point for the Congregation <ul><li>Therefore, with God’s help and grace we will… </li></ul><ul><li>Remain the same and continue on our present trajectory. </li></ul><ul><li>Resolve to move forward into missional health. </li></ul><ul><li>Recognize that through this process it might be best to think about God-honoring ways to celebrate and conclude our ministry. </li></ul>
  64. 65. VIM Questions for the Pastor <ul><li>Do I have the vision to lead this congregation to become a healthy missional church? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do I have an abiding sense of God’s call for this place at this time? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do I have some sense of direction of where the church needs to go? </li></ul></ul>
  65. 66. VIM Questions for the Pastor <ul><li>Do I have the intention to lead this congregation to become a healthy missional church? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Am I prepared to work hard, invest in the people and be patient? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Am I willing to be in it for the long haul? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Am I at peace that this is still a conducive environment for my family? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Am I willing to come before God with a sense of brokenness and desperation? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Am I willing to count the cost? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Am I willing to take an honest look at myself? </li></ul></ul>
  66. 67. VIM Questions for the Pastor <ul><li>Do I have the means to lead this congregation to become a healthy missional church? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do I have the right gift mix to help advance the ministry? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do I have a sense that this is still a good fit? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do I have credibility so the congregation will follow? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do I have love for these people? </li></ul></ul>
  67. 68. VIM Decision Point for the Pastor <ul><li>Therefore, with God’s help and grace I will… </li></ul><ul><li>Lead the change and be willing and able to change myself. </li></ul><ul><li>OR </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare the way for another to lead the church and seek a new place for ministry. </li></ul>
  68. 69. © 2008 Department of Church Growth and Evangelism
  69. 70. A VERITAS FOLLOW-UP WORKSHOP
  70. 71. Two Fantasies <ul><li>We can grow without change </li></ul><ul><li>We can change without pain </li></ul>
  71. 73. Two Sets of Fears <ul><li>The fear that we will change too much </li></ul><ul><li>The fear that we will change too little </li></ul><ul><li>1. The fear that we will change too fast </li></ul><ul><li>2. The fear that we will change too slow </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>In other words: </li></ul><ul><li>1. Too much, too soon </li></ul><ul><li>2. Too little, too late </li></ul>
  72. 75. What kind of change are we talking about? <ul><li>Healthy </li></ul><ul><li>Missional </li></ul><ul><li>Change </li></ul>
  73. 76. Healthy Missional Change <ul><li>Healthy = pursuing Christ </li></ul><ul><li>Missional = pursuing Christ’s priorities in the world </li></ul><ul><li>Change = following the Spirit wherever the Spirit leads </li></ul>
  74. 77. Healthy Missional Change Established Churches Healthy Missional Stable Critical Moment At - Risk
  75. 78. Constructs <ul><li>Make the invisible visible </li></ul><ul><li>Provide a window into the reality of change </li></ul><ul><li>Help us pinpoint our location on the journey of change </li></ul><ul><li>Tell us how to lead change step by step </li></ul><ul><li>Help us understand and anticipate resistance </li></ul><ul><li>Make us more responsive to God’s prompting </li></ul>Some constructs are more timely than others.
  76. 79. Adaptive Leadership © Peter L. Steinke Congregational Leadership in Anxious Times Stabilization De-stabilization New Orientation Anxiety Challenge
  77. 80. Challenge Questions to break out of the Doom Loop <ul><li>Is the need for change valid? </li></ul><ul><li>Do we trust those urging it? </li></ul><ul><li>Does it contribute to our vision? </li></ul><ul><li>If we do this, will we better serve Christ and others? </li></ul><ul><li>If we don’t do this, will we regret it? </li></ul><ul><li>Would Jesus do it? </li></ul><ul><li>Does the Evil One oppose it? </li></ul><ul><li>Will we survive this change? </li></ul><ul><li>Will we thrive if we don’t change? </li></ul>
  78. 81. Adaptive Leadership <ul><li>“ A note of warning for those leading in established churches: what Western Christianity desperately needs at the moment is adaptive leadership - people who can help us transition to a different, more agile, mode of church. Such leaders don't necessarily have to be highly creative innovators themselves, but rather people who can move the church into adaptive modes - people who can disturb the stifling equilibrium and create the conditions for change and innovation. </li></ul>
  79. 82. Adaptive Leadership <ul><li>By and large, many leaders in church organizations, particularly those with strong caring and teaching gifts, can exhibit a tendency to avoid conflict and too easily soothe tensions. Left unchecked, this can be lethal because it caters to equilibrium and therefore ultimately to death. </li></ul>
  80. 83. Adaptive Leadership <ul><li>The essential work of adaptive leadership is to resist these appeals. Instead, they must: 1) hold the collective feet to the fire, 2) regulate distress such that the system is drawn out of its comfort zone (yet contain stress so it does not become dysfunctional), and 3) manage avoidance mechanisms that inevitably surface (such as scapegoating, looking to authority for the answer, and so forth).” </li></ul><ul><li> Alan Hirsch Forgotten Ways: Reactivating the Missional Church </li></ul>
  81. 84. <ul><li>Keeping an organization in a productive zone of disequilibrium is a delicate task; in the practice of leadership, you must keep your hand on the thermostat . If the heat is consistently too low, people won’t feel the need to ask uncomfortable questions or make difficult decisions. If it’s consistently too high, the organization risks a meltdown: People are likely to panic and hunker down. </li></ul><ul><li>Ronald Heifetz </li></ul><ul><li>The Practice of Adaptive Leadership </li></ul><ul><li>(as quoted in the Harvard Business Review) </li></ul>Adaptive Leadership
  82. 85. Vitality Resources <ul><li>Re:vive blog </li></ul><ul><li>Veritas </li></ul><ul><li>EPIC </li></ul><ul><li>CO-OP </li></ul><ul><li>PULSE </li></ul><ul><li>Navigate </li></ul><ul><li>Vitality Facilitator Network </li></ul><ul><li>Living Legacy Coaching </li></ul>
  83. 86. Congregational Vitality Pathway <ul><li>The map is not the territory: </li></ul><ul><li>Even though a map is an artifact, something made, it is not arbitrarily imposed on the land. It comes out of careful observation and accurate recording of what is actually there. It is required that maps be honest. Maps are humble – they don’t pretend to substitute for the country itself. Studying the map does not provide experience of the country itself. </li></ul>
  84. 87. Congregational Vitality Pathway <ul><li>The purpose of the map is to show us the way into the country and prevent us from getting lost in our travels. Left to ourselves we often get lost in blind alleys, get tangled up in thickets and don’t have a clue to where we are. The map locates us. It provides the vocabulary and identifies the experience by which we can explore. </li></ul><ul><li>Eugene Peterson, </li></ul><ul><li>Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places </li></ul>

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