The CGS Process
Clarifying Strengths & Areas of Opportunity
Your church already has strengths. Generally we can objectively show you how you can make the most of some “low hanging fruit” which will yield a quick turn-around in results.
Psychographic & Demographic Analyses
Psychographics reveal what your community thinks, i.e., their hopes, dreams, concerns, attitudes, and their perception of Christianity. In short, like a missionary, this will help you with getting into the mindset of your church’s community.
Demographics reveal the racial, socio-economic, gender, age, and other characteristics of your community’s population.
Based upon your church health surveys, secret shopper reviews, and a psychographic analysis of your community, we recommend a practical and strategic plan that will bring revitalization to your church and bridge the divide church to community.
Four Phase Planning Process
We believe it’s a great planning process because it incorporates four key elements. Wise planning should always include:
1) Assessment—Understanding where you are now.
2) Planning—Defining where you are going and how you will get there.
Your plans should clarify and focus your vision, blending together the strategic, operational and financial aspects of your ministry. Involving ministry leaders from all of your departments brings alignment and will help you prevent ministry silos. Everyone will get on the same page about what you’re trying to accomplish, and what the wins are.
3) Structure—Determining the right form for your organization.
With a clear vision in place and core strategies outlined, you can easily see gaps in your staff team. For your plans to be realized, you will need to have the right people in the right roles. You will need a structure that creates accountability and supports the development of your staff.
4) Action—Monitoring how you are doing and identifying what needs to change.
Plans that never see action are worthless. Your planning process needs to incorporate timelines, deadlines and evaluation. It needs to be a living, breathing thing that gets refreshed regularly as God leads your church into the future.
With a great planning process, you should be making wise decisions based on honest evaluations. You should be building the right team based on your plan. You should be making budget decisions based on your plan. You should be providing accountability for the execution of your plan. You should be routinely identifying what’s working and what isn’t.
And you shouldn’t feel stuck. We, at Church Growth Strategists, walk churches through all four of these phases. And we continually receive stories from pastors who have learned this process and are seeing breakthrough. We’d love to share more about how it works with you.