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Hope Community CRC Riverside, CA West Coast Church Resourcing Assessment Team Members: Lora Lightfoot Larry Fryling Jim Den Ouden Arlan Vanden Bos.

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1 Hope Community CRC Riverside, CA West Coast Church Resourcing Assessment Team Members: Lora Lightfoot Larry Fryling Jim Den Ouden Arlan Vanden Bos

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3 Report Format Assessment Process Affirmations Significant Findings Recommendations

4 Assessment Process Review of Documents, Records, History and Financials On-line Survey (some hard copy surveys) Focus Groups Analysis Report Preparation

5 Report Format Assessment Process Affirmations Significant Findings Recommendations

6 Affirmations Love and Appreciation for Pastor Cor –Preaching –Shepherding “A real prince” –Pastoral Care “Johnny on the Spot!” –Community Involvement –Regional Involvement

7 Affirmations Small Groups Small Groups –Many are involved in small groups

8 Affirmations Coffee Break –Coffee Break has a long history here

9 Affirmations Praise Team –“Our praise team is very talented and does an awesome job of leading in worship” –“I appreciate that the worship leader is humble and has a servant’s attitude”

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11 Affirmations You Are A Family –Care –Fellowship –Love! “Caring, loving, out-going. My church is the greatest”

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13 Affirmations Ministry to Youth –Gems and Cadets –VBS –High School

14 Affirmations Committed Staff –They go “above and beyond” in time and effort –They are passionate about their ministry –You affirm them and they feel appreciated

15 Affirmations Church Campus –Great Location in a residential Community –No Mortgage –Large Corner Lot

16 Affirmations Stewardly Use of Building for Ministry –Romanian Victory –New Hope –7 th Day Adventist –Al-Anon –Home School

17 Affirmations The majority of people at Hope Community are serving –70% are involved in ministry

18 Affirmations Prayer Chain –Many of you spoke about the blessings of the prayer chain

19 Report Format Assessment Process Affirmations Significant Findings Recommendations

20 The campus has fallen into disrepair –From an objective viewpoint…

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27 Significant Findings Condition of Facility (con’t) –Frustration with “Renters” Take ownership of being the owner

28 Significant Findings Condition of the Nursery –Needs to be someone’s #1

29 Significant Findings

30 Declining Membership/Attendance –From weekend worship attendance of 125 in 2002 to 80 in We counted: – 71 at worship this past Sunday. – 3 children in children’s church (counted in worship total) – 2 children in nursery

31 Significant Findings Fear: “WE NEED…” (families with children, help, finances, members). Confusion: “Why don’t people stick?”…yet there are no actual numbers, or exit interviews.

32 Significant Findings Frustration regarding Evangelism and Outreach –“They come to VBS, but they don’t come to church” –“New people come for a while and then they leave. We don’t know why”

33 Strengths

34 Ethnicity

35 Age Demographics

36 Offering Income

37 Significant Findings Giving Performance – 2009 Should be in the 4+ range I believe my present level of giving to the church is pleasing to God.(3.8)

38 Giving Performance Mean Household Income Church Households Congregational Income True Congregational Tithe 2009 Contribution Income Giving as a Percentage $62,364 40$2,494,560$249,456$176,0007.1%

39 Giving Performance In 2009 church people gave 7.1% National average for Protestant churches is approximately 2.8% Two and one half times better than average! Keep it up. Goal is 10%

40 Significant Findings Mean Scores

41 Mean score calculation –“Do Not Know” responses NOT included –“Do Not Agree” responses = 1 –“Somewhat Agree” responses = 2 –“Agree” responses = 3 –“Significantly Agree” responses = 4 –“Strongly Agree” responses = 5 –Weighted total is divided total number of responses

42 Mean score calculation –If every person responded “Do Not Agree” that statement would have a mean score of 1.0 –If every person responded “Strongly Agree” that statement would have a mean score of 5.0

43 Mean Score Ranges Sizzle: 4.2+ Excellent: 4.0 – 4.1 Good, Solid: 3.7 – 3.9 Just OK: 3.4 – 3.6 Clearly Needs Work: 3.0 to 3.3 Cause for Concern: 2.6 – 2.9 Triage: 2.5 and below

44 Preaching4.4Sizzle Children’s Ministries4.3Sizzle Finances4.1Excellent Communication4.0Excellent Prayer Ministry4.0Excellent Leadership4.0Excellent Care, Fellowship, Community4.0Excellent Involvement and Commitment4.0Excellent Worship3.9Good, Solid Adult Ministries3.9Good, Solid Youth Ministries3.7Good, Solid Facilities3.7Good, Solid Mission, Vision, and Purpose3.6Just OK Evangelism, Outreach, and Missions3.6Just OK

45 Mean Range Scores Two category in the 4.2 (Sizzle) range –Preaching (4.4) –Children’s Ministries (4.3) Six In the Excellent Range 4 – 4.1 –Finance (4.1) –Communication (4.0) –Prayer Ministry (4.0) –Leadership (4.0) –Care, Fellowship, Community (4.0) –Involvement & Commitment (4.0)

46 Mean Range Scores Four in the 3.7 to 3.9 (Good, Solid) range –Worship (3.9) –Adult Ministries (3.9) –Youth Ministries (3.9) –Facilities (3.7)

47 Mean Range Scores Two in the 3.5 to 3.6 (Just OK) range –Mission, Vision, and Purpose (3.6) –Evangelism, Outreach, and Purpose (3.6)

48 Significant Findings Lack of Passion for Lost People

49 We count what we value –Money in our pocket, checkbook, retirement account –College and University students count credits and grade point averages –Parents count kids at the mall –Churches count… MoneyAttenders

50 Lack of Passion for Lost People What does God count? –Conversions Day of Pentecost Noted that in the Early Church “people were being added daily” The first step in making disciples is conversion Nothing should matter more than the making of converts in order to be able to make obedient disciples

51 Involvement in Evangelism I have a responsibility to witness to my unchurched and unsaved friends, family, co-workers and neighbors. (4.4) I am willing to sacrifice personal preferences if it will help someone come to faith in Christ. (3.9) I regularly pray for specific non-believers to become Christians. (3.6)

52 Involvement in Evangelism I often invite people to my home in order to build relationships with them (2.6) I often share my faith story with non- Christian people. (2.9) I often (about every month or two on the average) invite people to attend our church. (2.5) –Lack of intentional evangelism

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55 Inward Focus Atmosphere of exclusivity Self-centered perspective –What we like (or don’t like) –What we want (or don’t want) –Minimal discussion of what unchurched, unsaved people might prefer

56 Inward Focus Radio Station WII-FM –What’s –In –It –For –Me?

57 Inward – Outward Focus Only two choices –Inward focused Give priority to those who are already there –Outward focused Give priority to those who are not already there (the unchurched and the lost)

58 Inward – Outward Focus Healthy, biblical church does both –Ministers to those who are already there –Ministers to those who are not already there –And when they cannot do both…

59 Inward – Outward Focus The healthy, biblical, outwardly-focused church always chooses to do what is best for those who are not already there! –Others-centered rather than self-centered

60 Significant Findings Mission and Vision

61 Significant Findings Blurred Mission and Vision –Very few know the mission & vision statement –No unified strategy to accomplish mission and vision –Lack of organizational structure to facilitate strategy

62 Mission and Vision –Focus brings other areas of ministry into alignment: Unity Ministry involvement (volunteers) Financial support Ministry effectiveness (focus)

63 Mission and Vision Mission – the purpose for which a church exists –Churches do not get to pick their mission –The Great Commission has not been rescinded –Make Disciples

64 Matthew 28:19-20 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, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.

65 Matthew 28:19-20 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, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.

66 Every Church’s Mission Make disciples who obey Jesus!

67 Mission and Vision Vision – a word picture of a preferred future –Word picture of what it looks like as we accomplish our mission of making disciples Vision is specific to each church –What will it look like as Hope Community accomplishes its mission of making disciples?

68 Significant Findings Leadership Issue –Little training for leaders or future leaders Ministry Workers –Many of your ministry workers wear multiple hats Not a clear process for people to get connected at a deeper level –Assimilation –Small groups

69 Report Format Assessment Process Affirmations Significant Findings Recommendations

70 Recommendation #1 Show appreciation to Pastor Cor by providing a much deserved sabbatical of 2 months or more for reflection and renewal by July 1 st, 2010

71 Recommendation #2 Enter into a Scenereo of Choice process by Sept 15, 2010 –assess where you are at –consider options for the future –prayerfully & corporately choose one of these options

72 Recommendation #2 Cont. –Then develop a Ministry Mapping plan to implement the choice made Core Values and Beliefs Mission and Vision Goals Action Steps Engage a 3 rd party facilitator for both processes

73 Recommendation #3 Have the Pastor begin a discussion and training on the concepts of becoming an externally focused church by Oct 15, 2010.

74 Recommendation #3 (con’t) –Read books like This Present Future by Reggie McNeal or Externally Focused Church –Have each ministry develop at least one externally focused goal by Feb. 1, 2011 –Meet with community leaders to identify 3-5 areas of need in your neighborhood by March 1, 2011; and address one or two by April 1, 2011

75 Recommendation #4 Create a System for Follow-up and Assimilation of Newcomers –Research concepts from conferences and/or read books like Sticky Church by Larry Osborne or Fusion by Nelson Searcy –Implement a basic plan by Aug 15, 2010 and a more focused plan by Easter 2011

76 Recommendation #5 Give your campus a facelift –Prioritize the building needs and implement a plan to address maintenance needs by July 1 st –Begin immediately with volunteer labor to : Fix the broken, clean the carpets, fill the cracks and paint Freshen up the Nursery…

77 Summary of Recommendations Give your campus a facelift. Begin immediately Show appreciation to Pastor Cor by providing a much deserved sabbatical by Jul 1, 2010 Create a System for Follow-up and Assimilation of Newcomers. Basic plan by Aug 15, 2010

78 Summary of Recommendations Enter into a Scenereo of Choice process by Sept 15, 2010 Have the Pastor begin a discussion and training on the concepts of becoming an externally focused church by Oct 15, 2010

79 Q and A I didn’t get it. Could you go over that again?


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