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2  A “Vitality tool” that that is designed to help us reach our full Kingdom potential in Christ and to grow in ways that matter to God  P rovides awareness of current reality  U pdates progress annually  L inks church more closely with the mission and message of Jesus  S uggests next steps  E ncourages spiritual discernment

3  Diagnoses Lakeview using the “Ten Healthy Missional Markers” (developed by the ECC’s Office of Congregational Vitality).  Provides Lakeview demographic information  Summarizes your responses to “Open Ended” questions  Compares responses from the Congregation with responses from church “leaders”  Summarizes church attendance and income trends  Identifies Lakeview’s level of “Vitality – Intention – Means (VIM)”  Identifies Lakeview’s trajectory relative to the “ Ten Healthy Missional Markers”  Summarizes next steps for Lakeview, the Southeast Conference, and the denomination.  Summary of conclusions relative to Lakeview’s responses to the PULSE Survey

4  Centrality of the Word of God  Life transforming walk with Jesus  Intentional evangelism  Transforming communities through active compassion, mercy, and justice ministries  Global perspective and engagement  Compelling Christian community  Heartfelt worship  Sacrificial and generous giving  Culture of Godly leadership  Fruitful organizational structures

5 Marker:4.00 Scale Life Transforming Walk with Jesus 3.39 Centrality of the Word 3.14 Sacrificial and Generous Living/Giving 3.13 Engaging God in Worship 3.06 Compelling Christian Community 3.03 Culture of Godly Leadership 3.00 Intentional Evangelism 3.00 Transforming Communities through CMJ Ministries 2.88 Fruitful Organizational Structures2.81 Global Perspective and Engagement2.75 Total Percentage3.02 Grading Scale: Healthy Missional: Stable: Critical Moment: At-Risk:

6 Marker:In Leadership (48) Not In Leadership (56) Life Transforming Walk with Jesus Centrality of the Word Sacrificial and Generous Living/Giving Engaging God in Worship Compelling Christian Community Culture of Godly Leadership Intentional Evangelism Transforming Communities through CMJ Ministries Fruitful Organizational Structures Global Perspective and Engagement Total Score Grading Scale: Healthy Missional: Stable: Critical Moment: At-Risk:

7 CategoryNumberPercent Participation: Member attend at least once per month 9389% Member attend less than once per month 00% Not a member attend at least once per month 1111% Not a member attend less than once per month 00% Attending LCC for years: % % % % 21+00% Age: % % % % %

8 CategoryNumberPercent Gender Female6361% Male3433% Prefer not to answer77% Perspective on LCC Growth: Declined1514% Stayed the same3534% Increased3231% Don’t Know2221%

9 Greatest Strength of LCC?  Preaching/Teaching20%  Prayer13%  Pastor/Staff13%  Discipleship/Small Groups11%  Bible is Central11%  Community10%  Welcoming6%  Members/Committed Body6%  Worship5% Greatest Area for Improvement?  Outreach/Mission26%  Communication12%  Community11%  Leadership10%  Worship (Music)9%  Programs/Ministries9%  Spiritual Growth5%

10 Overall health of LCC?  Healthy Missional14%  Stable57%  Critical Moment29%  At Risk0% Change One thing?  Missions/Service13%  Worship12%  Community11%  Outreach8%  Worship8%  Leadership7%  Finances/Stewardship5%  Communications5%  Ministries/Programs5%

11 Anything Else?  Love LCC22%  Questions about Pastor9%  Growing Spiritually9%  Direction/Vision/Focus8%

12 OBSERVABLE STRENGTHS: 1.Biblically-Centered Preaching/Teaching 2.Discipleship/Spiritual Growth of the People 3.Prayer Ministry GROWTH AREAS: 1.Outreach to Community 2.Compelling, Unifying Vision for LCC 3.Communication

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14 Overall Average $39,422/month

15 V ision – the picture of a preferable future Rate of LCC Vision is MEDIUM I NTENTION – the resolve to move forward and the will to live Rate of LCC Intention is Medium to High M eans – the available resources to accomplish the Vision and follow through on intentions Rate of LCC Means is Medium to High VIM Summary: This pattern of vision, intention, means is a pattern consistent with other ECC churches that are STABLE

16 Established Churches STABLE -LCC- CRITICAL MOMENT AT-RISK HEALTHY MISSIONAL TREND

17 “…Lakeview has incredible potential to become a Healthy Missional Church.” Spirituality –  We praise LCC for its recent Confession, Prayer, and Repentance (CPR) service  Continue developing leaders for the future  Work on equipping present and future leaders for their roles  Make evangelism a major priority at LCC Chemistry –  Keep praying and caring for each other  Understand and appreciate generational differences in your church  10% of respondents expressed concern over the worship music. Continue to look for opportunities to address this concern.

18 Strategy –  Establish your Strategic Ministry Planning Team  Develop a Strategic Ministry Plan  Consider outreach to your “gated communities”  “Over Communicate” any/all important information  Comments indicate financial pressures. Hold discussions to address these concerns.  Are we in this together or is there an atmosphere of blame and distrust?  Consider a “mission based budget” vs. a “budget based ministry”.

19 Spirituality –  “PEYTON you are anointed by the Holy Spirit! Keep ministering in the Holy Spirit’s power and involve others”.  Continue to shepherd, lead and serve your people  Continue to preach and teach the powerful gospel Chemistry –  Your congregation loves you  Establish systems for identifying and meeting pastoral needs that are beyond your capacity to provide  Look for opportunities to connect with a broader segment of congregation

20 Strategy –  Lead the church in its Strategic Planning process  Continue to model and practice personal evangelism  Consider creating and training a team of people to provide pastoral care in addition to that provided by you.  Consider how/why some other churches are growing and how these lessons can be applied to Lakeview without compromising identity or core values  Does LCC have a plan for welcoming, follow-up and assimilation strategies?  Does LCC have a plan for first-time and returning guests?  Evaluate and fine tune existing processes.  Encourage your members to notice and welcome “new” people.

21 CONTINUE TO TAKE THE STEPS THAT WILL MOVE YOU TOWARD HEALTHY MISSIONAL, TRUSTING GOD TO PROVIDE YOU WITH HIS POWER, GUIDANCE AND FINANCIAL RESOURCES YOU NEED ALONG THE WAY


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