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Steering Committee Preparation
Refer to pages 11-12 in Twelve Keys: The Leaders' Guide for a suggested schedule for using this Twelve Keys: Tie Planning Workbook in six planning sessions.
The following information is best developed by the Long-range Planning Steering Committee prior to the planning sessions of the larger Long-range Planning Committee. See pages 57-64 in Twelve Keys: The Leaders' Guide for a fuller discussion of the responsibilities of the Long-range Planning Steering Committee and the Long-range Planning Committee.
This information can be shared during the appropriate planning session by means of a handout, overhead transparency, or blackboard. Each person can easily copy the information into their own personal planning workbook.
This procedure will greatly expedite your planning sessions and help you to focus best on those central characteristics important for your church's future.
|Table 1. ||Church statistics for key indicators of stature ||8 |
|Graph 1. ||Your percentile rankings ||9 |
|Step 1. ||Your church's current numbers ||10 |
|Step 2. ||Ratio of constituents and persons served in |
mission to members
|Table 2. ||Church Types and Ratios ||11 |
|Formula 1. ||Maximum Mission Potential ||12 |
|Step 1. ||Pastoral and Lay Visitation Information ||18 |
|Formula 2. ||Maximum Comfortably Filled Seating Capacity ||20 |
|Step 2. ||Approximate number of significant relational |
groups your church would best have
|Step 3. ||A sufficient number of new groups ||23 |
|Formula 3. ||Available church parking and its value ||30 |
|Step 1. ||Church's average worship attendance, membership, |
and total income for past three years
|Step 2. ||Per capita income from people attending |
Develop a Realistic Assessment of Your Church's Present Standing and Stature
Refer to page xxiii in Twelve Keys to an Effective Church for fuller discussion of the assessment of church standing and stature.
To develop a long-range plan, it is important that you first develop an accurate, realistic assessment of your present standing and stature as a local church in comparison with other congregations. The four best indications of this standing and stature are your average attendance at worship services, average attendance at church school, church school enrollment, and church membership.
Step 1. Circle your church's current statistics and the corresponding percentage ranking for each of the four categories in Table 1. The percentage rankings indicate how your church is doing in relation to other churches. For example, if your current average attendance at worship services was 149, you would circle the numbers 100-149 in the far left column of Table 1, and you would circle the percentage 81.6 in the column beside those numbers. The 81.6 means that of all churches, 81.6 percent have fewer people in worship on an average Sunday than you do. That percentage would be similar for many other Protestant denominations as well.
Table 1. Church Statistics for Key Indicators of Stature
Source: Department of Statistics, General Council on Finance and Administration of the United Methodist Church. Given a slight variation in percentiles, these figures are essentially the same for many Protestant denominations.
Excerpted from TWELVE KEYS TO AN EFFECTIVE CHURCH by KENNON L. CALLAHAN. Copyright © 1990 by Kennon L. Callahan. Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.