By Lyle E. Schaller
Church buildings do not take a seat nonetheless; they're both making plans for the longer term or wishing for the prior. but, even if environment approximately to determine the longer term into which the Spirit is top, how does a congregation map its means? How does it comprehend its strengths and weaknesses, possibilities and boundaries, presents and graces? In forty four Questions for Congregational Self-Appraisal, Lyle E. Schaller directs the reader to the the most important questions a church needs to ask itself whether it is to appreciate its project and the path it needs to chart with the intention to in attaining that undertaking. He is helping pastors, congregational leaders, and strategic making plans teams take into account that the questions we ask and the information we assemble are likely to set our priorities, and therefore it will be important to hunt the right kind details from the outset. Schaller indicates church leaders how to not turn into trapped via "means to an finish" questions (real property, staffing, cash, and schedules) and concentration in its place on questions regarding the congregation's certain undertaking (identity, goal, function, and God's name) and message.
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6. As we seek to reach a larger and more diversified constituency, we must offer at least two or three choices in what can be meaningful worship experiences. 7. We must expand the range of opportunities for people, including nonmembers, to be involved in meaningful small face-to-face groups. 8. Instead of focusing on raising the money required to pay our bills, we should concentrate on encouraging our members to become better stewards of all that has been entrusted to them by God. Taking good care of the pastor, perpetuating the past into tomorrow, and underwriting the budget did not make this revised and shorter operational statement of purpose.
Maintain our real estate, which for many of us has become a sacred place. 8. Provide the context of a worshiping community for such religious experiences as baptism, the Lord's Supper, marriages, and memorial services following the death of a loved one. 9. Take reasonably good care of our pastor. 10. Within the limitations of our resources, do good in this community. 11. Provide as many meaningful small face-to-face group experiences for our people as are deemed necessary. 12. Collect the money required to pay for all of the above.
These congregations continue their ministry from what to them has become an historic site, but rent, lease, or purchase one or more additional sites in order to reach people who cannot or will not come to that traditional meeting place. One multisite congregation built a new set of buildings on a thirty-acre site to reach and serve families moving into a new residential area while continuing a full scale ministry out of that historic downtown building. Another launches threeto-five off-campus ministries annually to reach precisely and narrowly defined new constituencies.
44 Questions for Congregational Self-Appraisal by Lyle E. Schaller