On this page we will provide links and resources to help your congregation maintain it's health and growth.
A good place to start is to assess where the congregation is on the bell curve.
For a description of the phases on the life cycle click on this page
If you are interested in having a coach walk your congregation through a life-cycle assessment this will give you an idea of the process.
If your congregation is on the incline side of the bell curve, and you need to revisit a visioning process. Here are some resources for a visioning process. You might also consider a Ministry Action Plan (MAP) process.
Another great resource for congregations on incline is Natural Church Development (NCD). An NCD assessment measures your congregation against eight qualities characteristics of a healthy church. This objective assessment will identify a congregations strengths and weaknesses. If you would like to know more about NCD and you think this would help your church, this is what the process looks like: Introduction to NCD
RECLINE AND EARLY DECLINE
For a description of this stage of the life cycle see this page.
A congregation in this stage of their life cycle will require a coach to journey with them to re-claim the incline side of the life cycle. This is what the journey will look like and what it will cost you in terms of time and money. Click here
The first step to redevelopment is to take the Readiness For Redevelopment Assessment.
For more information about the process you can call the Regional Office at 780-672-0772.
For a description of this stage of the life cycle see this page.
A congregation in this stage of their life cycle will require deep change. Deep change will create a lot of anxiety in the congregation. You are advised to engage the services of a coach to help keep the leadership and congregation on course through this anxious journey. Here is what the process looks like and what it will cost you in time and money (Decline PPT).
LIFE CYCLE OF A NEW CHURCH
Click on the power point presentation for further explanation: this page
CHURCH PLANTER ASSESSMENT
The Canadian Church of God Ministries takes advantage of Church Planter Assessment Centre to determine readiness to plant. A preliminary assessment will be done with Regional Office Staff along with the use of outside assessments. Here is a link that will explain a little more what an assessment centre is and what is involved: arcchurches.ca
TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES FOR CHURCH PLANTERS:
CHURCH PLANTING POLICIES & REQUIREMENTS
Here are some policies that guide our development of missional communities:
1. The Church Planter must pass the Church planting assessment process.
2. The Church Planter is expected to avail him/herself to the resources/training provided by the Regional Office.
3. The Church Planter will have their credentials approved by the Division of Ministerial Credentials.
4. The Church Planter must be willing to serve within a system of accountability.
5. The Church Planter must submit a comprehensive Church Planting proposal to the Regional Office for acceptance.
6. The Church Plant (Missional Community) will agree to tithe its general income to the General Assembly.
Church Planting Policies - POSSIBLE STAGES OF RECOGNITION
A new work often goes through various stages of development before becoming a viable congregation. The Canadian Church of God Ministries wishes to encourage and partner with congregations as they develop new ministries.
1. Core nucleus - A group of 6-25 can be viewed as a bona fide group with which the Regional office will hold exploratory conversations concerning the process of church planting.
2. Church of God Fellowship - A group of 25 or more committed adults meeting with some regularity for edification may be considered for some “pre-natal” assistance: The assumption is that the character of the group in doctrine and practice, would be congruent with the Church of God. Assistance may include: -Consultation in developing a viable church plant project plan
-Funding for training and conferences
-Specific grants for research and exploring interest
-Providing of resources to enable increasing the numbers in the group prior to going public
-Recognition as a constituent part of the General Assembly though not as an approved congregation with delegates
-Provided that a budget is prepared for functioning as a Fellowship and accurate giving records are kept and reported, tax receipting can be provided by the Regional Office.
3. Church Plant Project - When a group has reached the strength of 50 committed adults it may be considered as a possible Church Planting Project. The following details would need to be in place to have this status:
-An approved set of by-laws adequate for a viable congregation
-A governing board composed within CCRA rules (arms-length membership)
-Ability to meet the requirements for incorporation and receiving a CCRA receipting number
-A recognized leader/pastor. The pastor must qualify to hold credentials with the Church of God.
-A proper system for financial management.
Upon meeting the above conditions, the group could apply to be considered as a project under the Regional Office. The level of financial support would be evaluated on a case-by-case basis with an agreement drawn up with all the particulars.
CONGREGATION IN CONFLICT
Conflict is natural normal and neutral. Conflict is a part of life. Conflict was a part of the New Testament Church. Every pastor and church board would do well to educate themselves on the dynamics of conflict.
Here are some book resources:
Jim Van Yperen, Making Peace, Moody Press 2002
Speed B Leas, Discover Your Conflict Management Style, Alban Institute 2002
Ken Sande, The Peacemaker, Baker Books 2002
Peter L Steinke, Congregational Leadership in Anxious Times, Alban Institute
Here are some agencies or websites to check out:
The Canadian Church of God Ministries will help a congregation in assessing if their conflict is normal, acute or chronic. Once the assessment is completed, and if the conflict is deemed acute or chronic appropriate referrals will be made to organizations or persons trained in conflict management.
TRANSITIONAL MINISTRIES INFO
IF YOUR CONGREGATION IS IN-BETWEEN PASTORS:
A congregation in transition between pastors is in a very important and strategic place. It is a place of assessment so that the congregation can embrace the future. There are eight goals for the congregation in transition . You can review those eight goals by reviewing this article .
** One of the first contacts by a congregation without a pastor ought to be the Regional Office of the Canadian Church of God Ministries. One of the main roles of the office is to guide a congregation through the transitional process. Here is a document ( Part 1 & Part 2 ) that describes the process. It can assist in finding interim ministers; guide the search process for a new pastor; help in screening possible candidates; and provide guidance in building a pastor's pay package . See Salary grid.
In addition the office can administer the Ministry Match, a tool that helps identify a pastors gifts, passions, and leadership style. Here is a link to the Uniquely You resources.
MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES - CANADIAN CHURCH OF GOD MINISTRIES
Pastors looking for a new church, please contact the District Office and speak with the Director of Ministry Services.