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Northwest Baptist Church of Cocoa Transition Focus Group Report. Special Called Business Meeting. Pastor. What do we look like? What is the culture of our church? What does our community look like? What is the culture of our community? Do we as a church mix well with our community?.

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Northwest Baptist Church of CocoaTransition Focus Group Report

Special Called Business Meeting


What do we look like?

What is the culture of our church?

What does our community look like?

What is the culture of our community?

Do we as a church mix well with our community?

Northwest Baptist Church of Cocoa.

Mena Waters

What are our strengths and concerns?

What is our plan of action for these concerns?

Mena Waters

Norman and Nicki Normal, Northwest Baptist Church of Cocoa.

Lisa Burnett

What we’ve observed about ourselves.


Blue jean wearing

Live close by

Middle class/Blue collar

Grew up in church

Cell phone equipped

Baby boomer (45-50) some abnormal’s

2 income families

Some college


Lisa Burnett

Our church is characterized by a warm, close-knit fellowship. Unity and community are dominant values. The focus is inward and people oriented. The congregation sees itself as the ‘household of faith’ (Gal 6:10) and the family of God.

Our Church Culture Analysis


Our Community-5 mile radius.

Population 50,792 (71% white – 24% black)

House holds 19,593

2 cars per house hold (hh)

HH income $54,802 (median income $42,108)

Median age 39 yrs (50/50 male – female)

H school grads 35%

Some college 22%

College degree 13%

Professional 6%


Our Community-5 mile radius.

38% have no faith

Prefer blended worship that is intellectually stimulating and emotionally encouraging.

No real preference to architectural style of facilities.


A blend between:

The Steadfast Conservatives.

This group is financially conservative,

heavy internet user, with investments

in government bonds and money

market accounts. Drive traditional

vans, sedans, or trucks.

They are involved in sports, tools,

movies, and their travel is mostly


Community Culture Analysis


A blend between:

2. The Getting by.

This group is mostly comprised of African Americans. 70% rent, drive domestic small size cars and trucks, and shopping is for frozen dinner’s, canned and instant foods. Leisure activities include movies and going to church.

Community Culture


The 5 – 4 – 4 Concept

5 Functions

4 Results

4 Practices

Lyle Nutt

  • 5 Functions:

    • Evangelism

    • Discipleship

    • Fellowship

    • Worship

    • Ministry

Areas of Consideration

Lyle Nutt

4 Results:

Numerical growth

Spiritual growth

Ministry expansion

Kingdom advance

Lyle Nutt

4 Practices:

Open groups

Closed groups


Ministry teams

Lyle Nutt

  • Strengths

    • Solid theology

    • Love & Fellowship

    • Praying church

    • Talented and Gifted people

    • Desire to follow the Lord

      These we celebrated in a prayer of thanksgiving

Early Observations

Lyle Nutt

  • Concerns

    • No discipleship follow-up and training

    • No Outreach Ministry

    • Lack of Church Vision

    • Unspecified target group

    • Lack of servants heart (maturity, follow through).

      These were severe enough to require immediate action

Early Observations

Lyle Nutt

We created a Preschool/Nursery Director.

We created an Education Director.

Amplified the Sunday School Director position.

Re-aligned the Children’s Ministry.

Enlarged the Deacon Ministry.

Because of the critical needs identified:


Know the possibilities

Enlarge the organization

Enlist and train the workers

Provide the space

Engage the people

We intend to employ this strategy in every area of ministry

Our Strategy With This Team:

Rich Snodgrass

Our process.

1. We evaluated ourselves in light of 32 church practice characteristics.

2. Determined where we need to go.

3. Identify actions that will take us where we need to go.

Northwest Baptist Church of Cocoa.

Rick Snodgrass

Open groups


Closed Groups

Ministry teams

Assessment areas:

Lyle Nutt


Open Groups


Closed Groups

Ministry Teams


Area(s) of Concern

Proposed actions

Responsible party and deadline

Lyle Nutt

Ref point 8. Whereas: Our classes and departments in the small group Bible study ministry arenot intentionally enrolling unbelievers and members into its groups.

Most significant

Open Group


Lisa Burnett

  • We propose: To collect accurate and complete contact information of those in attendance and enlist an outreach facilitator for each open group to regularly initiate FRAN philosophy.

Most significant

Open Group


Lisa Burnett

We Propose: To promote effective communication between open groups, the Pastor and deacons to continually improve the enrollment process of unbelievers and the un-churched into open small group Bible study.

Most significant

Open Group


Lisa Burnett

The responsible individuals and date of implementation:

SS Director and Deacon Chairman

By December 1, 2010.

Most significant

Open Group


Lisa Burnett

Ref point 5, Whereas: We do not assign unbelievers and guests in worship to a small group Bible study for follow up.

Our most significant concerns in regard to Worship.

Howard Swink

We propose: To contact all persons who fill out the guest registration card and send a letter from the pastor, a visit from the deacon on call, and a follow up by the SS visitation team.

The responsible individuals (listed above) and date of implementation: November 1, 2010.

Howard Swink

Ref point 4. Whereas: Believers donot learn to share their faith through an intentional ongoing training program.

Ref point 13. Whereas: In each discipleship class we donot encourage members to move beyond classroom learning to ministry service.

Our most significant concerns in regard to Closed Groups:

Teresa Munroe

We propose: Enact the ‘Body Life Program’

Responsible individuals and date of implementation. The Pastor in January 2011.

Teresa Munroe


S = Spiritual Gifts Assessment

E = Life Experiences

R = Relationship Skills

V = Vocational Skills

E = Enthusiasm

The Body Life Journey

Teresa Munroe

Ref point 6. Whereas: Our church doesnot maintain a balance between ministries focused outside the church (missions) and ministries focused inward on the body.

Ref point 24. Whereas: Our church members donot initiate new ministries (mission actions) in coordination with the overall ministry vision of the church.

Our most significant concerns in regard to Ministry Teams.

Richard Willing

We propose: To provide time in the SS teachers meetings to promote each SS class to adopt in a personal way some mission project or person.

The responsible individual and date of implementation. Collect data by January 2011 and report back to the Pastor, Missions Director and in some creative way to the whole church.

Richard Willing

Closing Remarks


Existing Organizational Structure

The Church Body

Executive Council


Sunday School

Building & Grounds

Cmt & Ect.



Desired level of performance

Performance Gap

Actual level of performance


  • Why the performance gap?

  • The individual can’t do the job?

  • The individual can do the job – but is not performing, Why?

  • Does not know what the real job is?

  • Not encouraged in the job.

  • No, or little expectations to do the job from those above.

  • Not supplied with the right resources.

  • No structure to drive the task.


Northwest Baptist Church of Cocoa

Pastoral Care

Administrative Leadership

Church program Ministries

Church &


Ministry Teams

Connected in Ministry

A church; Lifting up Jesus, Telling His story, Encouraging it’s members,

Teaching them to serve, and Sending them out as followers of Christ

to grow His world.

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