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Congregational Revitalization

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Welcome to the Congregational Revitalization page! Revitalization means many different things to many different congregations. For some corps it means exploring a new area of ministry, for others it means reexamining all of congregational life in order to intentionally step into a preferable future. In general it should result in spiritual renewal and a new engagement in mission to the surrounding community and the world. Fortunately there are many different resources available and James Watson is available for conversation about your situation and helpful options. 
 

Congregational Health Assessment Tools

  Natural Church Development** Logic Model for Program Evaluation** Congregational Life Cycle Assessment** Ministry Fitness Check**
Source(s) Christian Schwarz' global research project Evaluation theory/social service Alban Institute/organizational theory Outreach Canada
Support in Canada and Bermuda Corps Ministries Dept. ncdcanada.com Corps Ministries Dept.* Corps Ministries Dept. Corps Ministries Dept. outreach.ca
Commitment 1-2 year learning cycle A minimum of 4 hours of logic model and custom evaluation development and ongoing use of evaluation 1 assessment meeting with possible development of strategic planning process 2 congregational meetings with possible development of strategic planning process
Concept Leadership learning cycle that uses a survey to identify levels of 8 quality characteristics to raise overall health that facilitates growth One page flowchart of ministry logic that provides opportunity to design custom evaluation process that is used by leadership to regularly track ministry Identification of position on bell curve diagram of life cycle that stimulates conversation about next steps Survey of whole congregation that enables congregational review of many elements of ministry
Complexity Medium Medium Simple Medium
Includes Discernment of Action/Response? Yes - starts a learning cycle to discern action Yes - will aid in discernment of areas of ministry and evaluation will guide action No - will need to create a custom response and strategic plan No - will need to create a custom response and strategic plan

* Special thanks to the Social Services Department for providing a manual on the development of logic model program evaluation.
** Documents are linked to the table headings.

For conversation about which congregational health assessment tool may be most appropriate for your corps, you are invited to contact the Consultant for Church Planting and Congregational Revitalization (James Watson – cell: 519-503-5997 or james_watson@can.salvationarmy.org).  View James on LinkedIn


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Note too that there are a number of resource people available through the Corps Ministries Department to consult on specialized areas of ministry.  See our Contact Us page under Home.