A church assessment answers the key question ‘how is your church doing?’
Assessment and review are powerful tools that allow leaders to measure progress – or discover the lack of it. By taking the time to see how successful different aspects of our work are, we can see what is successful, and what isn’t. Individual areas can be brought into focus and be a source of encouragement or show an issue that needs addressing.
A church assessment can be an intimidating thing; we may be forced to face up to reality, and the findings might ask some demanding questions not only of the ministry but of ourselves! Yet growth and improvement only come when we take stock of how things really are. There are four stages of a review cycle – planning, doing, reviewing and improving. If we fail to review, we fail to improve – and we will miss out on opportunities of growth.
Another strength of a robust review process is that other opinions and perspectives can say, or see, the things we can’t or won’t. Regular review, conducted with a team or a consultant, will unveil clear steps to be taken that can take the church to a new level. As an example of how a church assessment can help bring clarity, you can download a Strategic Plan, which includes an example Church Health Assessment here.
Failure to thoroughly or consistently review aspects of the church will have a negative impact on the organisation in multiple ways. In contrast, when a church embraces an intentional review process there are a number of benefits:
1. An intentional church assessment process provides key information that can be catalytic for the growth of the church.
2. An intentional church assessment process ensures the church does not drift from its mission.
3. An intentional church assessment process uses the vision as motivation for change.
4. An intentional church assessment process protects the culture by ensuring it is not neglected in the busyness of activity.
5. An intentional church assessment process will identify when the systems or structure are no longer serving the vision.
6. An intentional church assessment process creates accountability for the achievement of strategic goals.
Ongoing church assessments are one key aspect of ever-increasing church health, but there are more – you can discover the other aspects of a healthy church here. As part of a Strategic Planning process, I offer a number of different types of reviews. You can find out more about how I approach Strategic Planning here.