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Church Assessments

A Metanoia Ministries Church Assessment is an independent evaluation of a church in conflict or transition. The assessment is designed to discover and to measure spiritual vitality by identifying the strengths and weaknesses, threats and opportunities facing a church and to present these findings with recommendations to the congregation.

The Metanoia Ministries Church assessment is a comprehensive process that will take approximately three months from start to finish.

The Goal

The goal of the intervention is to help a church glorify Christ by reconciling members to God and to one another through the correction and comfort of the Holy Spirit.

The Purpose

The purpose of the intervention is to:

  • Gather qualitative and quantitative data to accurately identify and understand the underlying dynamics of a church conflict—the leadership issues that contribute to systemic dysfunction; and to
  • Analyze and report strengths and weaknesses and to recommend redemptive strategies to intervene in the conflict by removing the barriers that are creating the system dysfunction and keeping the church from health.

The Process

The intervention is a comprehensive fourstep process as follows:

STEP ONE: All church teaching
The process begins with a one-day training on Making Peace: How to be reconciled in your home, at work and in the church. The seminar will take place on a Saturday at the church from 9AM to 3PM on a weekend prior to the assessment date. The entire congregation is urged to attend this seminar.

STEP TWO: Data gathering
Data is gathered throughout the intervention process. The church is asked to complete a Church Profile of quantitative data prior to the on-site assessment. A personal letter with
reconciliation form is sent to every family that has left the church in the past year or
more, inviting their feedback and participation. Metanoia Ministries will bring a team of people to your church to conduct personal interviews and group forums with leaders and members, typically over a three to five day period. In most churches our goal is to interview at least 75% of active adults in the church.

STEP THREE: Findings
An oral report of preliminary findings will be given to the full church at the end of the on-site evaluation. A comprehensive written report with recommendations will be sent to the church within three weeks after the on-site data collection. This report will provide narrative support to all the data collected, present a thorough diagnosis of the issues, and provide specific recommendations for what the church will need to address and accomplish in the following six months, year and beyond.

STEP FOUR: Implementation
Metanoia will provide ongoing counsel to assist in finding and supplying any resources that might be necessary to complete the recommendations. This support may come in various forms and will be determined upon acceptance of the specific findings and recommendations.

A Team Approach

The assessment is conducted by a team of trained volunteers—brothers and sisters in Christ who have been selected for their spiritual maturity and trained to use their gifting as part of an interdependent team. Jim and Sharon Van Yperen lead each team.

The role of the team is to come alongside people in conflict to help them be reconciled to God and to one another. This is accomplished through personal interviews where questions are posed that challenge the individual to discover what lies underneath their thinking and feeling about a conflict; to examine how they and others are processing what has happened, and to understand how their personal responses to conflict may be contributing to the problem unawares. Interviews challenge people to see themselves and the issues truthfully guided by God’s Word and the Holy Spirit.

Metanoia Team Members are not investigators, prosecutors nor defenders. Rather, they serve the church as brothers and sisters in Christ. The assessment is a spiritual discovery process.

Interviewing for data collection typically happens over a three to five day process. An oral report will be given to the church at the end of the on-site evaluation. A comprehensive written report with recommendations will follow two to three weeks after the onsite assessment.

At the completion of the assessment process your church will know…

  • What strengths need to be affirmed and encouraged: a report with explanation of the primary strengths of the church. This data may be used to celebrate, affirm, and build upon present strengths at the church.
  • What weaknesses need to be corrected: a report with explanation of the primary weaknesses of the church. This data may be used to identify and address ministries and dynamics in the church that need to be strengthened, changed, or stopped.
  • What issues need to be addressed: a report with explanation of the theological and systemic issues in the church. This data may be used to identify and address social and systemic patterns of thinking and behavior that are negatively impacting the church.
  • What sins need to be reconciled: when sin is revealed, we will follow the steps of Matthew 18 to go personally and privately to those involved in order to restore and reconcile, returning with a witness if reconciliation cannot be achieved. Metanoia will help facilitate private and public confession and forgiveness as well as aid the church in recommending steps for restitution and discipline.
  • What specific steps the church needs to take in the next 6 to 12 months: a detailed explanation of recommendations with clear, practical steps the church can take over the next six to twelve months to address the issues uncovered in the assessment. Metanoia will provide specific objectives and strategies with recommendations for resources to lead the church out of conflict and into a living community of Christ.
  • Where does the church go from here: a plan to assist the church and its leaders with follow-up meetings or training to explain and implement the recommendations.

Metanoia Ministries will provide ongoing help to the church as determined by the needs revealed. This may take the form of telephone consultation, leadership retreats, or on-site training or teaching.