The Church Transformation process is an instrumental tool in retraining pastors, refocusing leadership, and bringing renewed vitality to our congregations. Church Transformation incorporates a Pastoral Learning Community, the creation and implementation of a Congregational Plan for Transformation, an on-site consultation option, and ongoing coaching.
All components are vital for true transformation to occur, and we are excited to offer this opportunity on a broader scale to our churches and pastors in-person by presbytery or in a virtual hybrid option. We are designating two tiers of participation within Church Transformation.
Tier 1 is the Pastor Learning Community and development of a Congregational Plan for Transformation and coaching.
Tier 2 is a 4 day on-site Consultation and Coaching. Churches are not obligated to commit to both Tier 1 and Tier 2, although we highly recommend committing to both. Churches are encouraged to begin Tier 2 while the pastors are still involved in Tier 1.
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The Process and Tiers
PLCs are open to any Pastor Head of Staff, Associate Pastor, or Assistant Pastor who would like to participate. The involved pastor(s) will take these training sessions back to share with their local session and lay leaders via videos and other related resource materials. This allows Associate/Assistant Pastors to aid in the transformation process in their current church and also prepare them to go on to be solo or senior pastors. Pastors will meet over a 2-year period to engage in book studies around topics such as evangelism, church and staff leadership, connecting visitors, time management, worship, etc. Pastors will also spend time praying for and encouraging one another. During the meetings, related topics will be discussed along with activities to help participants make needed changes within their congregations and develop a Congregational Plan for Transformation.
After each meeting, participants will be given access to additional materials to engage with their session/staff/lay leadership/congregation. The in-person PLC will consist of 6 meetings over the course of 2 years, each of which occur every 3 – 4 months at a single location based on the location of the participants. The virtual hybrid PLC will kick off with a two day in-person training and then move to a once a month meeting online.
The congregation will submit self-study materials in preparation for the consultation process. A designated consultant will then come on site for a period of 4 days and will conduct interviews with staff, some lay leaders, and a focus group. At the end of the weekend, the consultant will give a report to the congregation. The Congregational Plan for Transformation will highlight the strengths of the church, as well as several prescriptions to bring about revitalization. The session ultimately determines if they will adopt the prescriptions after receiving input from their congregation. If the church decides to adopt the prescriptions, they will receive ongoing coaching and a congregational coach will be assigned. This coach works with the pastor, and if needed, other lay leadership, through at least 20 coaching sessions for a period of 12 months.
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