By Lyle E. Schaller
Church buildings do not sit down nonetheless; they're both making plans for the long run or wishing for the earlier. but, even if environment approximately to figure the long run into which the Spirit is best, how does a congregation map its manner? 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 a purpose to in attaining that undertaking. He is helping pastors, congregational leaders, and strategic making plans teams keep in mind that the questions we ask and the information we assemble are inclined to set our priorities, and accordingly it is important to hunt the proper details from the outset. Schaller exhibits church leaders how to not develop into trapped by means of "means to an finish" questions (real property, staffing, funds, and schedules) and concentration as a substitute on questions relating to the congregation's designated challenge (identity, objective, position, and God's name) and message.
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Or is your church organized on the assumption that the laity will make the hospital calls, teach, lead worship, evangelize, staff outreach ministries, and suggest the creation of new ministries while the paid staff will (a) preach, (b) administer the sacraments, (c) administer the institution, and (d) challenge, motivate, enlist, train, nurture, and support lay volunteers in doing most of the ministry? E. What Is Our Self-Image? How do we conceptualize our church? As a congregation of two hundred members or of ninety families?
Does the age mix of our membership reflect the age distribution of the population? A common pattern is that in congregations founded within the past two decades, the median age for the members will be lower than for the general population in that community. A second pattern is that long-established churches tend to have an older than average group of members. The big exception to this second generalization is many of the congregations that relocated to a new meeting place a few years ago to begin a new era in their history often include many younger new members.
When embarking on a journey, it is helpful to know the destination. It is even more crucial, however, to know the place of departure. The passage of time may change the destination, but the starting point is fixed. The same is true when appraising the image of this congregation held by outsiders. The definition of contemporary reality can be a useful beginning point. The responses to the questions in the first two chapters can inform this definition of contemporary reality. Chapter IV Who Will Be Tomorrow's New Members?
44 Questions for Congregational Self-Appraisal by Lyle E. Schaller