The Healthy Church Initiative (HCI) was formed to help transform churches and aid them in fulfilling the Great Commission. Through a combination of continuous learning from all the churches involved, coaching and consultation through our own experienced and trained people, this process helps congregations more effectively join God in God’s mission.
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There are two distinct initiatives within HCI, this is to address the unique needs of varying sized churches:
- LARGER CHURCH INITIATIVE – The Larger Church Initiative (LCI) focuses on mid- and large-membership churches to help pastors and lay leaders work together in transforming their congregation.
- SMALLER MEMBERSHIP CHURCH INITIATIVE – The Smaller Membership Church Initiative (SCI) addresses the unique obstacles faced by small membership churches.
THREE KEY COMPONENTS
Continuous Learning Communities: The key characteristic Leaders are made – not born – therefore the first step in the HCI process revolves around the training of pastors and laity. Through Pastoral Leadership Development (PLD) and Lay Leadership Development (LLD) groups in LCI and combined lay and clergy workshops in SCI, Healthy Church Initiative trains individuals to become leaders that are truly mission-focused. This is the step that prepares pastors and laity for the consultation process where true change begins to occur.
Coaching: Pastors going through the leadership development will be assigned a trained coach from the conference to coach them on the phone to hold them accountable and guide them to the next steps of their leadership journey. Moreover, for the churches who accept prescriptions from a consultation are assigned a coach who will work with the church to give 18 months of on-site directive coaching to hold them accountable for completing the consultation prescriptions.
Consultation: Churches who have had leadership involved in continuous learning communities can vote to have a team of trained consultants work with their church to identify strengths and concerns and provide prescriptions to address those areas of concern. These consultations involve elements of self- study, analysis of key demographics, interviews with leaders, focus groups, congregational training, mystery guest worshiper visits and more.
If you are intrested in this process please contact:
Gloria Fowler (972-526-5000) or firstname.lastname@example.org