One of the largest-scale research projects ever undertaken in the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches (FGBC) is in progress to help participating congregations index their relative health in seven “transformational church” categories and to assist pastors in identifying and developing their leadership styles.
The study, whose lead researcher is Terry White of BMH Books and a member of the Leadership Development team in the FGBC, involves two parts. Participating pastors are asked to complete a short online survey which identifies their primary leadership style, and they also choose three or more “raters” who are familiar with their leadership to complete the questionnaire, as well.
Congregation members are encouraged to log on to a dedicated website and complete a 15-20 minute Transformational Church Assessment Tool survey which indexes the church’s relative strength in seven areas. Paper surveys may be completed for those unfamiliar or uncomfortable with the online versions.
Thom Rainer and Ed Stetzer of Lifeway Research are the developers of the instrument. Stetzer addressed the FGBC national conference several years ago in Columbus, Ohio.
The Transformational Church Assessment Tool, which is usable by churches of any size, is seen as a “better report card” of a church’s ability to transform lives and to transform the community in which it is placed.
According to the developers, it measures, “How are we doing? And how are we doing it?” Congregations have long measured success by “bodies, budget, and buildings” –a certain record of attendance, the off ering plate, and square footage. But a better scorecard helps the church determine its deeper emphasis on accountability, discipleship, and spiritual maturity. The seven areas measured by the instrument include worship, community, mission, missionary mentality, vibrant leadership, relational intentionality, and prayerful dependence.
Th e study is open to all FGBC churches whose lead or senior pastor has been in position for at least three years. It is anticipated that at least 30 churches will ultimately participate.
There is no charge, except for a data processing fee that accompanies the TCAT tool.
To inquire further, or to volunteer to be part of the study, contact Terry White at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the BMH office at (574) 268-1122.