Faith communities utilize church consulting, the Congregation Assessment Tool, and clergy coaching for help in a variety of situations and circumstances including:
- Leadership transitions
- Personnel issues
- Internal conflicts
- Team building
- Leadership development in the church
Congregational Assessment Tool (CAT)
Establishing a baseline of information about a congregation and its clergy is a significant part of the consulting work of the Clergy & Congregation Care program. Often, the journey toward or maintaining transformation begins with the use of the Congregational Assessment Tool, or CAT, followed by a discernment process.
The CAT, is provided through Holy Cow! Consulting, provides data-driven insights based on the organizational intelligence collected through the church assessment tool. This approach helps to measure the vitality, capacity, orientation, and flexibility of congregations, and to create a plan to further develop the characteristics of a transformational congregation.
Typical situations when organizational intelligence is used within a congregation include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Your congregation is in the process of a leadership transition.
- The call committee is unsure of how to match the needs of parishioners with the skills and passions of candidates.
- Your congregation wants to plan ahead.
- Your congregation needs to update its model of governance to better fulfill its mission and enhance the church’s sustainability.
The CAT is also a great tool for providing a health check for a congregation. It flags both signs of health and potential trouble spots. Ideally, a congregation will engage in a CAT discernment process every 3 to 5 years.
Church Consulting with Regional Associations
All work with regional associations is customized and geared toward proven models of ministry with a focus on serving the needs of member congregations and clergy. In association with Holy Cow! Consulting, organizational intelligence may be gathered and used in situations such as:
- Assisting with leadership transitions.
- Establishing a foundation for planning.
- Finding a good alignment between clergy and congregation.
- Identifying congregations that can most benefit from engagement with association staff.
- Creating a map showing which congregations can mentor others.
- Revealing depleted congregations that may not be able to be turned around.
What does the church consulting process entail?
The process for church consulting and coaching may includes the following steps:
- A meeting with a leadership team to discuss the process.
- An orientation session helping leadership understand what to expect and what is involved in the process.
- When an assessment tool or church survey is used, assistance in the administration of the assessment and interpretation by a trained interpreter of the reports generated from the assessment process.
- Follow-up with leadership after implementation of consulting-related activities, including a discernment session, to look at possible next steps.
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