Looking Back, and Paving the Path Ahead...
MAY 2022 - Since last Fall, we have taken a lot of positive steps in our partnership with Ministry Architects. Yet, the best work is still yet to come! Here is a quick overview of the good work of the Design Team, as well as look ahead to what’s on the horizon for the next few months. Let’s start by taking a look at what’s happened so far.
The Design Team led the way with some incredible work for our church! They have met 7+ times, and in that time were able to launch two brand new small groups to reach into our community. Not only that, but they have also identified a list of more potential small groups and have written a game plan for launching additional groups in the Fall.
In conjunction with this work, Ministry Architects has helped us to write clear volunteer job descriptions for the new roles needed for these groups. They recently hosted an online training event to train our small group leaders on the most effective practices for leading groups that will connect with unchurched people in our community. The training was also recorded so that it’s available for future leaders as we continue to add new groups.
Ministry Architects has also helped us to draft detailed plans for boosting our church-wide communication strategy, connecting with and integrating visitors, and building a vibrant volunteer development process. They have also provided executive coaching for our staff as they navigated the lingering effects of the pandemic and a variety of transitions in this season.
As we move forward over the next few months, this good work will continue as Ministry Architects works with our staff and volunteers on executing three major projects focused on proactive hospitality, supported volunteers, and clear communications.
All of this will coincide with our continued work of launching new small groups to continue reaching out into our community.
Northway Christian Church, thank you for your continued prayer, support, and encouragement. We are forever grateful for each of you.
The Conversation Continues...
Our conversations with Ministry Architects continue behind the scenes as they help our leadership prepare the ground for the next public stage of our shared work together. Excitement is growing for how their recommendations for developing, launching and growing new small groups can help us on our way toward our goal of launching a new worship service. All of this is of course in service to our mission of Sharing Christ with those seeking meaning and purpose. For now, you can help in two ways:
Join in our prayer efforts by adding this process and its leaders to your daily intercessions.
Begin now thinking of folks in your life – family, friends, coworkers, neighbors – who are not connected to a congregation AND who you believe are seeking greater meaning and purpose in their lives. Add them to your prayers as well if you’re not already doing that.
Soon you’ll be getting additional news about the next public stage of our process. For now, we are grateful for all the ways you have already shown up, stood up, and spoken up in this part of our journey. Together, we are learning to Think Again about God’s call to follow Jesus and to build the kingdom of God on earth as in heaven as we love our neighbors as ourselves. May we receive the wisdom we need and share the joy we have found.
Assessment Report for Northway Christian Church
The Assessment Report will start by reflecting back to the church what the consultant team heard people saying about the church’s ministry. We compare your church to ministry norms across the country. We will point out the assets of the church – the things to protect and keep. We will also share the challenges that we see – the things that are roadblocks to the ministry moving strategically forward. We then lay out a blueprint for how to strategically move the church from where it is now to where you want it to be.