Twelve Keys to an Effective Church

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Overview

Tested with thousands of users, this in-depth study guide discusses new and useful ways to interpret and work through Twelve Keys to an Effective Church. It also discusses the key principles outlined in Twelve Keys and their biblical connections.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780787938710
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.67 (w) x 8.39 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

KENNON L. CALLAHAN, — researcher, professor, and pastor — is one of today's most sought-after church consultants. He has worked with thousands of congregations around the world and has helped tens of thousands of church leaders and pastors through his dynamic workshops and seminars. Author of many books, he is best known for his groundbreaking study Twelve Keys to an Effective Church, which has formed the basis for the Mission Growth Movement, a widely acclaimed program for church renewal. Callahan has earned the B.A., M.Div., S.T.M., and Ph.D. degrees. His doctorate is in Systematic Theology. He has served both rural and urban congregations in Ohio, Texas, and Georgia and taught for many years at Emory University. Ken and his wife of over forty years, Julie, have two children, Ken and Mike, and three grandchildren, Blake, Mason, and Brice. They enjoy the outdoors, hiking, horseback riding, and camping.

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Chapter One


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.


Stage One Page
Table 1.
Church statistics for key indicators of stature
8
Graph 1.
Your percentile rankings
9

Stage Two
Step 1.
Your church's current numbers
10
Step 2.
Ratio of constituents and persons served in
mission to members 
10
Table 2.
Church Types and Ratios
11
Formula 1.
Maximum Mission Potential
12

Stage Three
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 
22
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 
33
Step 2.
Per capita income from people attending
worship/membership 
33


Stage One


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

Average
Attendance
at Worship
Services
Total % of
Churches
Average
Attendance at
Church School
Total % of
Church Schools
Church School
Enrollment
Total % of
Church Schools
Church
Membership
Total % of
Churches

1000 +
750-999
500-749
350-499
200-349
150-199
100-149
75-99
50-74
35-49
20-34
1-19

99.7 +
99.6
99.3
98.4
96.3
88.6
81.6
69.1
57.5
40.5
26.7
10.9

500 +
300-499
200-299
150-199
125-149
100-124
75-99
50-74
35-49
25-34
15-24
1-14

99.9 +
99.8
98.8
96.5
93.2
90.0
85.0
75.6
58.3
41.3
27.2
11.7

1000 +
750-999
500-749
400-499
300-399
250-299
200-249
150-199
100-149
75-99
50-74
25-49
1-24

99.5 +
99.4
98.9
97.4
95.9
93.0
90.4
86.3
78.8
64.6
52.3
35.2
12.7

3000 +
2000-2999
1500-1999
1000-1499
750-999
500-749
300-499
200-299
100-199
50-99
1-49

99.9 +
99.9
99.4
98.6
96.3
93.4
87.4
76.2
64.6
41.4
19.1

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.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
Preface
Introduction, Part I: Planning and Hope
Introduction, Part II: Mission and Success
1 Specific, Concrete Missional Objectives 1
2 Pastoral and Lay Visitation 11
3 Corporate, Dynamic Worship 24
4 Significant Relational Groups 35
5 Strong Leadership Resources 41
6 Streamlined Structure and Solid, Participatory Decision Making 55
7 Several Competent Programs and Activities 64
8 Open Accessibility 72
9 High Visibility 78
10 Adequate Parking, Land, and Landscaping 86
11 Adequate Space and Facilities 95
12 Solid Financial Resources 106
Conclusion: Principles and Priorities in Strategic Long-Range Planning 117
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