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Church Planting

Survivability

and

Health Study

2007

Best Practices

Ed Stetzer Phillip Connor

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METHODOLOGY

  • Following the multi-denominational study for church planting survivability and health, further surveying and analysis of other denominations was requested. The goal of this over sampling was to learn what particular denominations are doing well among their church planting systems
  • Over 100 factors for higher attendance and baptism were tested. Complete list of statistically significant factors by denomination in Appendix B
  • Statistically significant factors were grouped together to form best practices for church planting by denomination. In most cases, these best practices are unique to the particular denomination.

Church Planting Survivability and Health Study 2007: Best Practices

Compiled by the Center for Missional Research, NAMB, Alpharetta, Ga.

this presentation contains
Data prepared by the Center for Missional Research studying multiple practices by different denominations.

Presentation slides shared at the National New Church Conference by denominational leaders who were found to have statistically significant results in this study.

THIS PRESENTATION CONTAINS:
presentation includes slides from
Evangelical Free: George Klippenes

Foursquare: Rod Koop

Presbyterian: Steve Childers

Assemblies of God: Steve Pike

Baptist General Conference: Tom Nebel and Gary Rohrmayer

PRESENTATION INCLUDES SLIDES FROM:
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DENOMINATIONS/NETWORKS

  • Response rate for the over sampling of denominations averaged around 20%. (* indicates sample)

Church Planting Survivability and Health Study 2007: Best Practices

Compiled by the Center for Missional Research, NAMB, Alpharetta, Ga.

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Church Planting Survivability and Health Study 2007

Compiled by the Center for Missional Research, NAMB, Alpharetta, Ga.

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Factors for higher attendance

(Church Plants Surveyed in Phase One)

  • meeting in a school in the first year
  • meeting in a theater in subsequent years
  • meeting in a school in subsequent years
  • conducting a special children’s event (i.e., Fall Festival)
  • mailing invitations to services, programs, events
  • conducting new member classes
  • using a church covenant signed by new members
  • starting at least one daughter church within three years of the
  • church plant
  • having a proactive stewardship development plan enabling the
  • church to be financially self-sufficient
  • having multiple staff members rather than a single staff members
  • at the beginning of the church plant

Church Planting Survivability and Health Study 2007: Best Practices

Compiled by the Center for Missional Research, NAMB, Alpharetta, Ga.

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Factors for higher attendance

(Church Plants Surveyed in Phase One)

  • being financially compensated as the church planter
  • receiving health insurance as the church planter whereby the majority of the premiums were paid for by the church plant, sponsoring church, or denomination
  • conducting a block party as an outreach event
  • delegating leadership roles to church members
  • conducting leadership training to church members
  • working full-time over part- or half-time as the church planter
  • being assessed prior to planting the church as the church planter
  • having the church planter’s expectations realized

Church Planting Survivability and Health Study 2007: Best Practices

Compiled by the Center for Missional Research, NAMB, Alpharetta, Ga.

e free reproduction factor
E. Free. Reproduction Factor

Higher attendance church plants look for missional opportunities and start within three years of their own plant.

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Church Planting Survivability and Health Study 2007

Compiled by the Center for Missional Research, NAMB, Alpharetta, Ga.

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Factors for higher baptisms

(Church Plants Surveyed in Phase One)

  • engaging in ministry evangelism (i.e., food banks, shelter,
  • drug/alcohol recovery)
  • starting at least one daughter church within three years of the
  • church plant
  • having a proactive stewardship development plan enabling the
  • church to be financially self-sufficient
  • conducting a mid-week children’s program
  • conducting a children’s special event (i.e., Fall Festival)
  • sending out mailers for invitation to services and church events

Church Planting Survivability and Health Study 2007: Best Practices

Compiled by the Center for Missional Research, NAMB, Alpharetta, Ga.

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Factors for higher baptisms

(Church Plants Surveyed in Phase One)

  • conducting a block party as an outreach activity
  • conducting a new member class for new church members
  • conducting leadership training for church members
  • receiving church planting training in terms of a boot camp or basic training by the church planter
  • working full-time over part-time as the church planter
  • being assessed prior to the beginning of the church plant as the church planter
  • delegating leadership roles to church members

Church Planting Survivability and Health Study 2007: Best Practices

Compiled by the Center for Missional Research, NAMB, Alpharetta, Ga.

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Figure 3— Percent church plants survived by year,

all denominations (Phase One)

Church Planting Survivability and Health Study 2007: Best Practices

Compiled by the Center for Missional Research, NAMB, Alpharetta, Ga.

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Factors Associated with Survivability

(Church Plants Surveyed in Phase One)

  • Church Planter Expectations
  • Increases survivability by 400%
  • Church Member Leadership Development
  • Increases survivability by 250%
  • Church Planter Peer Group
    • Increases survivability by 135%
  • Stewardship Plan
  • Increases survivability by 178%

Church Planting Survivability and Health Study 2007: Best Practices

Compiled by the Center for Missional Research, NAMB, Alpharetta, Ga.

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Church Planting

Survivability and Health Study

2007

What Can We Learn

and How Can We

Learn it?

Ed Stetzer Phillip Connor

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CHURCH STRENGTHENING SYSTEM

Figure 4— Mean annual church plant attendance, SBC

Church Planting Survivability and Health Study 2007: Best Practices

Compiled by the Center for Missional Research, NAMB, Alpharetta, Ga.

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CHURCH STRENGTHENING SYSTEM

Figure 5— Mean annual church plant baptisms, SBC

Church Planting Survivability and Health Study 2007: Best Practices

Compiled by the Center for Missional Research, NAMB, Alpharetta, Ga.

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CHURCH STRENGTHENING SYSTEM

Figure 6— Mean annual church plant baptisms, BGC and SBC

Church Planting Survivability and Health Study 2007: Best Practices

Compiled by the Center for Missional Research, NAMB, Alpharetta, Ga.

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CHURCH STRENGTHENING SYSTEM

Figure 7— Mean annual church plant attendance, EFCA and SBC

Church Planting Survivability and Health Study 2007: Best Practices

Compiled by the Center for Missional Research, NAMB, Alpharetta, Ga.

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SUPERVISION/PEER/MENTORING SYSTEM

Figure 8— Mean annual church plant baptisms, FSQ and SBC

Church Planting Survivability and Health Study 2007: Best Practices

Compiled by the Center for Missional Research, NAMB, Alpharetta, Ga.

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SUPERVISION/PEER/MENTORING SYSTEM

Figure 9— Mean annual church plant attendance, FSQ and SBC

Church Planting Survivability and Health Study 2007: Best Practices

Compiled by the Center for Missional Research, NAMB, Alpharetta, Ga.

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PUBLIC PROCLAMATION AND COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

Figure 10— Mean annual church plant attendance, SBC

Church Planting Survivability and Health Study 2007: Best Practices

Compiled by the Center for Missional Research, NAMB, Alpharetta, Ga.

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FULL-TIME CHURCH PLANTER SYSTEM

Figure 11— Mean annual church plant attendance, SBC

Church Planting Survivability and Health Study 2007: Best Practices

Compiled by the Center for Missional Research, NAMB, Alpharetta, Ga.

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FULL-TIME CHURCH PLANTER SYSTEM

Figure 12— Mean annual church plant attendance, AG and SBC

Church Planting Survivability and Health Study 2007: Best Practices

Compiled by the Center for Missional Research, NAMB, Alpharetta, Ga.

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PUBLIC MINISTRY SYSTEM

Figure 13— Mean annual church plant baptisms, AG and SBC

Church Planting Survivability and Health Study 2007: Best Practices

Compiled by the Center for Missional Research, NAMB, Alpharetta, Ga.

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ASSESSMENT SYSTEM

Figure 14— Mean annual church plant attendance, PCA and SBC

Church Planting Survivability and Health Study 2007: Best Practices

Compiled by the Center for Missional Research, NAMB, Alpharetta, Ga.

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STAFF TEAM SYSTEM

Figure 15— Mean annual church plant attendance, EFCA and SBC

Church Planting Survivability and Health Study 2007: Best Practices

Compiled by the Center for Missional Research, NAMB, Alpharetta, Ga.

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CHURCH PLANTER EXPERIENCE SYSTEM

Figure 16— Mean annual church plant baptisms, LN and SBC

Church Planting Survivability and Health Study 2007: Best Practices

Compiled by the Center for Missional Research, NAMB, Alpharetta, Ga.

fear and neglect of money issues
Convictions you must have

God blesses generosity.

It’s not about what the church needs, it’s about what the Lord wants.

A tithe is an appropriate standard to challenge people toward.

Fear and Neglect of Money Issues
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Fear and Neglect of Money Issues

God’s Guarantee Card

“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this," says the LORD Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.” Malachi 3:10

My part: By God’s grace I will contribute 10% of my income for the next 90 days to Community Church.

God’s part: To bless me according to Malachi 3:10.

Community Church’s part: If at the end of 90 days I feel that tithing has been a mistake, has not resulted in the blessing of God, or has created a financial hardship, Community Church will refund to me all that has been contributed during that period of time.

---------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------

Signature Date

Printed Name: _______________________________________

Phone number: ______________________________________

Email: ______________________________________________

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Delivery Options

Sermon series (annually)

Membership classes

Small groups

Leadership retreats

Leadership meetings

Fear and Neglect of Money Issues
our efca mission
Our EFCA Mission

The Evangelical Free Church exists to glorify God by multiplyinghealthy churches among all people.

efca vision
EFCA Vision

The EFCA church planting vision is to mobilize a church planting movement in the United States where every healthy EFCA church will reproduce at least two daughter churches and no EFCA church planter will be left alone.

reproducing vision
Reproducing Vision
  • Reproducing Reality: Sterile Churches
  • Reproducing Clinics: Blow up CP Myths
    • Hurt mother church
    • Enough churches
    • Large church
    • Most plants fail
  • Reproducing Vision: Plant two
    • One daughter church to replace itself.
    • One daughter church to advance the kingdom.
    • Reproduction normal & natural outflow of health.
planter vision
Planter Vision

ACTS

  • Planter reality: Stranded
    • No Planter Left Alone
  • EFCA System: ACTS
    • Assessment
    • Coaching
    • Training
    • Supporting
efca bootcamp
EFCA BootCamp
  • Built on a life-cycle model
  • Built on a 4R model
  • Principle centered
  • Trainers are practitioners
  • Church Growth 101: 100, 200, Repro.
  • ABC Integration
  • Relentless refinement
efca assessment
EFCA Assessment
  • Self Assessment: On line
    • Planter Profile, MBTI, DiSC, Spiritual Gifts
  • Modified Behavioral Interview
    • Certified Assessment Team
  • District Placement
    • Drill down on doctrine, marriage, chemistry
holistic abc integration
Holistic: ABC Integration

Assess: For Potential

Train: For Content

Coach: For Implementation

2007 study
2007 Study
  • EFCA Planters
    • Coach: 94%
    • Peer Network: 53%
    • BootCamp: 87%
    • Other training: 100%
    • Assessment: 90% (my guess)
  • We work hard on our support systems!
efca and funding

EFCA and Funding

Show Me The Money!

fourth question
Fourth Question
  • Assessment: Is he a planter?
  • Training: Does he have a good plan?
  • Coaching: Does he have someone to help him stay on target, on time, and in balance?
  • Funding: Does he have adequate funding to be successful?
abc d integration
ABC-D Integration
  • Assessment
    • Vision caster- People gatherer- Fund raiser
  • BootCamp Training: Proposal
    • Good proposal: Realistic funding projections
  • Coaching
    • Know planters want to skip fund raising.
  • Development:
    • When ABC is in place, we can confidently invest in planters.
efca resources
EFCA Resources
  • National: Revolving Fund (CPRF)
    • Very small: $250,000
    • Large estate gift: 10-12 year process
  • 18 Districts: All over the map
    • Some districts have CPRF: Road kill
    • Some districts have no money
    • Most districts in-between
revolving principle
Revolving Principle
  • Encouraging districts to develop CPRF
    • Not a grant, but an investment
    • We invest in you
    • You tithe back to the CPRF
    • You invest in the next generation
funding models
Funding Models
  • Adolescent: Full Support
  • Pure Pioneer: Missionary Support
  • Combination: 90% of EFCA plants
    • Planter, Area Churches, District, National
balanced approach
Balanced Approach

Strong subsidy: Weak churches

No support: Planter alone

Strategic Partnership of Equal Sacrifice

upport building
$upport Building
  • Train planters to raise missionary support
    • Negative: Don’t cross salt water, not real
    • Positive: Short Term Commitment: 2-3 years
  • Two Support Building Resources
    • People Raising (ww.peopleraising.com)
    • Body Builders (www.thebodybuilders.net)
  • Result: Raise $100,000 to $150,000
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$upport Building
  • Credibility
    • Many of our district leaders raise support
  • Best Practice
      • GLD: Use former missionary to coach
2007 study sponsoring churches
2007 StudySponsoring Churches
  • Districts recruit sponsoring churches
    • EFCA Plants: 53% had parent church
    • Parent Church: 88% provided funding
    • Parent Church: 38% loaned lay people
  • We do have some very generous existing churches.
generosity dna
Generosity DNA
  • BootCamp Training
    • You are responsible for the generosity DNA
  • Grand Opening: Tithe
  • Fair Share: 1% District, 1% National
    • 8% Church Planting, 1:8 Missions
team church planting
Team Church Planting
  • Emerging leaders: Team oriented
  • Lead planter: Funded
  • Teammates:
    • Bi-vocational or $upported
  • Plants: Grow larger, faster
foursquare church multiplication

Foursquare Church Multiplication

Best Practices

Rod Koop

coaching
Coaching
  • Duration
    • funded for 18 months
  • Timing
    • assigned as early as assessment debrief, no later than the start of training
  • Tools
    • coaches have access to both the assessment and the church planter’s proposal
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Coaching
  • Training
    • 1 hour, 12 minute DVD and 16 page booklet – using the G.R.O.W. model
  • Reporting
    • mandatory, monthly online report that speaks to a planter’s personal life, family life and ministry life (in that order)
    • ongoing coach/planter support & training informed by the quality of monthly reports
funding
Funding
  • $20,000 per plant, or 5 churches for $100,000
  • Extraordinary funding available for proven, fruitful leaders or breakthrough opportunities, to a high of $60,000 for a single plant
process versus event
Church Multiplication systems are crucial for success. But unless they are process rather than event oriented, they will not work.

We value relationships more than we do systems. Our processes work best

through relationships.

Process versus Event
flexibility question
Flexibility Question
  • “In order to be fair, you must treat everyone __________.”
    • Dad, 52 years at Rockwell, said “the same”
    • Russ, 40 years old and a disaster relief construction manager, said “differently”.
  • Both claimed to be right, saying mutiny would happen in the workplace if they did otherwise
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Flexibility Question
  • But both were right in their context
  • The question is…what is right in yours?
  • Our process and funding theology comes from the Parable of the Talents
  • You must be ready to live in ambiguity, and have a high comfort level with conflict
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Flexibility Question
  • Fulfilling objectives and outcomes for assessment, training and coaching is required for funding
  • Flexibility allows us to accomplish this in many different ways
  • Flexibility equals TRUST in the Field. Trust comes through relationship
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Coaching
  • Objectives
    • to provide personal, family and ministry support
    • help the planter stay on track, avoiding pitfalls
    • to accelerate the progress of the church plant
    • to be the planter’s best advocate in navigating organizational culture
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Coaching

A business-like session… or flexibility in Relationship

  • Examples
    • Diane Thomas – Takes a cohort of planters to multiple site visits, looking closely at one another’s ministries
    • Pete Akins – Does phone call and email coaching appointments, then takes the planters into Zion National Park for an annual weekend canyoneering and hiking trip
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Global Church Advancement (GCA)

Training Systems

(Presbyterian)

Advancing Church Planting Movements

Through Kingdom Partnerships

Steve Childers

a church planting movement

A Church Planting Movement

A Movement is a work of God’s Spirit that produces indigenous, healthy, growing, reproducing Gospel-Centered Churches that result in the spiritual, social and cultural transformation of a community.

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The Tactical Approach

An intentional, multi-year process

that equips leaders to develop the

Essential Components necessary

for a Church Planting Network

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Leadership

Farming & Parenting

Vision

Church Planting Movement

Renewal

Recruiting

&

Assessing

Coaching

&

Training

Resourcing

Essential Network Components

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A Church Planting Movement Ecosystem

Recruit-ment

Readiness Seminar

Appren-ticeship

Assess-ment

Basic &

Advanced Training

New Church Network

Multiplying Church Network

Preliminary

Evaluation

Six

Critical Competencies

CandidateInterview

Initial Assessment

Apprentice

Learning Contract

Developed

1-2 day

Seminar

Develop

Compet-encies

Apprentice

Learning Contract

Executed

1-2 years

Evaluate

Apprentice

Compet-encies

Church Planter

Learning Contract Developed

2-4 days

Church Planter

Basic

Training

3-5 days

Coach

Basic

Training

1-2 days

Church Planter

Trench Training

1-2 years

Coach

Trench Training

1-2 years

Develop Essential Movement

Components

Leading

Visionizing

Renewing

Coaching

Training

Resourcing

Recruiting

Assessing

Farming

Parenting

Ongoing

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GCA Training Systems

  • Recruitment (Interviews)
  • Readiness Seminar (1-2 Days)
  • Apprenticeship (1-2 Years)
  • Assessment (2-4 Days)
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GCA Training Systems

  • Basic & Advanced Training (2-5 Days)
    • Seven Seasons of Church Planting
  • New Church Network Training (2 Years)
    • Seven Seasons of Church Planting
  • Church Movement Training (Ongoing)
    • Seven Seasons of Church Planting
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10. Resourcing

9. Develop Proposal

8. New Church Network

7. Basic Training

6. Coach Assignment

5. Assessment

4. Apprenticeship

3. Readiness Review

2. Interview

1. Contact Appointment

Practical Steps Toward Church Planting

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History of Planter Assessments

  • 1980’s—Tom Graham, Charles Ridley
  • 1990’s—Allen Thompson—Ph.D Study
  • Developed Planter “Competencies”
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Planter Competency Categories

  • Personal (Character)
  • Professional (Ministry Skills)
  • Inter-Personal (People Skills)
  • Theological (Knowledge)
    • Denominational Responsibility
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Key Church Planter Competencies

  • Spiritual Vitality
  • Calling
  • Leadership
  • Evangelism
  • Preaching
  • Family Life
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Planter Assessment Process

  • Derived Information
    • Application
    • References (360 Degree Assessment)
    • Sermon Tape
    • Instruments (CP Profile, DISC, etc.)
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Planter Assessment Process

  • Observed Information (3-5 days)
    • Calling Exercise
    • Case Study Exercise
    • Evangelism Exercise
    • Philosophy of Ministry Exercise
    • Strategic Planning Exercise
    • Interviews
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DATA

• Application

• References

• Sermon tape

INSTRUMENTS

• CP Profile 360˚ Analysis

• 16 Personality Factors

• Performax (DiSC)

F

L

O

W

EXERCISES

• Call

• Case Study

• Evangelism

• P. O. M.

• Strategy

• Interviews

Church Planter

GRID

FINAL EVALUATION

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Final Evaluation Criteria

  • Self & Spousal Ratings
  • Reference Ratings
  • Assessor Ratings
assemblies of god church planting

Assemblies of God Church Planting

Steven M. Pike

National Church Planting Director

church planting bootcamp
What Does God Want To Do?

Who Am I?

What Am I Called To Do?

Who Will Do It With Me?

How Will We Do It?

How Will We Evaluate Our Progress?

Church Planting BootCamp
ministry focus group who
Ethnicity; language; cultural descriptors

Socio-economic traits

Age; gender; family distinctives

Ministry Focus Group (Who?)
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Community size

Commonly held values

Hopes and fears

Ministry Focus Group (Who?)
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Examples: working poor; blue collar workers; families of prisoners; college students; stressed out suburbanites; up and outers; first generation emigrants from Central America; hopes for a brighter economic future for their children; etc.Ministry Focus Group (Who?)
needs assets what
Spiritual

Emotional

Cognitive (Intellect)

Physical

Social

Needs/Assets (What?)
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“Needs” examples: want to find purpose in their life; desire for intimacy in their relationships but afraid of it; healthy lives for their family; improved economic status; Looking for someone who cares; Secure a better future for their children, etc.Needs/Assets (What?)
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“Assets” examples: Healthy community service agencies (shelters, youth homes, etc.), business clubs (Rotary, Lion’s, etc.), Cultural attributes (museums, performing arts, zoo’s, etc.), Schools (public, private, etc.)Needs/Assets (What?)
ministries how
Big Brothers

Car care on Saturdays

Twilight Dinners

Tutoring

Daycare

English as a second language classes

Soup kitchen

Exploring God groups

Job search service

Bible studies 

Ministries (How?)
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Church Planting

Survivability

and

Health Study

2007

Best Practices

Ed Stetzer Phillip Connor