What Happens in a Transformational Church Study?
By David Leavell
Last fall, LifeWay approached our church about the possibility of being involved in their Transformational Church survey. Our staff read the book and discussed the ideas and agreed to participate in the study.
Our church members filled in the anonymous online survey and results were tabulated over a period of several weeks. Our staff then met with a certified church consultant from LifeWay to analyze the results and pray about needed changes in the life of our congregation.
Our staff walked away from this process very affirmed. Transformational Church reinforced some of our strategic planning initiatives. I can see this process being beneficial to churches of all shapes and sizes. It helps clarify areas of improvement and can be used to help congregations get moving in productive directions.
I asked our staff to respond on the process from their perspective. Here are a few of their comments:
• Ed Stetzer and Thom Rainer believe churches that are not prayerfully dependent upon God will not be transformational in the world. They may have vibrant leadership and relational intentionality, but without prayer they will be essentially ineffective for God.
• Transformational Church is a tool that successfully pinpointed areas of discipleship in our church that needed attention. In doing so it was a confirmation as well as a catalyst for change.
• Transformational Church was an honest evaluation of where our church is at in many different areas of ministry. It really gave our staff and leadership insight like never before into what is truly taking place amongst our people.
• No church is perfect. A church that is good in one area is not-sogood in another. The key is to emphasize the strengths, which for our church is its missions emphasis, leadership, and worship, and to develop the weaknesses.
Each of these realizations led to fruitful discussion among the staff and church members as to how we can more effectively be all that Christ desires us to be. I encourage pastors to look into this process and see if this tool can help them fulfill the Great Commission in a better way. First Baptist, Millington, was blessed by the journey!
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