Transformational Church

I attended an event today about “Transformational Church” by Ed Stetzer and Thom Rainer. The book was written based on research Stetzer coordinated in churches throughout the U.S. After writing the book they developed an assessment tool and other resources designed to help churches develop strategies to become more like the transformational churches in the study. For more info, go to www.transformationalchurch.com.

In the six-hour seminar I attended, I didn’t hear anything new. In fact, I came away feeling pretty good about the church where I recently stepped down as pastor to work for the Peninsula Baptist Association. I feel our church would score rather well in these categories as they were described to us. I know most of Lifeway’s constituency is in more traditional churches, and their products reflect this. Stetzer and Rainer are probably the two most cutting edge folks working on the denominational level with the Southern Baptist Convention.

Topics covered included:

Missionary Mentality, Vibrant Leadership, Relational Intentionality, Prayerful Dependence, Worship, Community and Mission

Before passing judgement on this new tool, I’d like to get some feedback from a church that has taken the assessment survey and gone through the consultation process. I’d be curious as how it stacks up to Natural Church Development, and the Church Health assessment tools. I spoke with one of the consultants who is available to come into a church to walk them through this process. It didn’t sound like their training was as rigorous as the training for NCD (which I went through several years ago).

3 thoughts on “Transformational Church”

  1. Hey Chuck:
    I am a trained NCD coach and last November I attended the Transformational Church consultant training in Nashville. It was a little much to crowd into my little brain, but after much study, work, prayer, and soul-searching, I have come to the conclusion every church should be involved in Transformational Church.

    We too, like the church you stepped down from to serve Peninsula Baptist Association, are a church that is doing well – better than many other churches. We do a lot of missions in our community and around the world. We reach a few people here and there, and have a great discipleship ministry and numbers of people becoming “Grand Slam Disciples” every year. It is a process we are committed to. Unlike you, and your former church, my perception was different from our people. When we took the assessment tool, I saw what the true perceptions were of our people. I discovered that some of the things we do good, they scored us low, because they simply did not know we were doing those things. This is giving us an opportunity to be sure we lead our people to understand not only the “good” we do, but to get them involved and part of that mission or ministry. It also is helping us allow our people to be part of the process like never before. Boy is the training fun. I’m excited about that Discovery Retreat.

    Here is what Transformational Church did for me:
    Even though the word “revival” is not in the Transformational Church book, I am convinced transformation comes after “revival”. I have made revival the forefront of Transformational Church. I am convinced when we come before God in confession and repentance God honors that. I will never forget the deacons meeting when I challenged our deacons and asked them to confess and repent and ask God to let revival begin in us. It was a moving meeting as all those deacons prayed out loud in confession and repentance. I had never before, nor since, asked deacons to pray all at once and out loud. I felt moved to do so and it was a very moving moment in the lives of those men as we all poured out our hearts to God.

    There is no need for me to tell you what others need to do to have revival, so let me tell you about me and our church. I came home from Nashville utterly bankrupt – totally willing for God to do a work in me and in our church like never before. Boy, has the devil been mad ever since. Our people are responding to those 7 biblical elements – lives are being changed – we have seen more than the usual number of children, students, and adults trust Christ and become part of discipleship. I have been a pastor or minister of education for over 43 years. I have stayed long in churches, my last, 17 years. I became convinced that if I live out those 7 biblical elements before my people, and lead them to live out those 7 biblical elements in the home, job and community, God would honor that and we would start the process of becoming more transformational, that we would truly see our people act more like Jesus, our church become more like the body of Christ, and our community reflect the kingdom of God because of our mission/ministry in the community.

    It has been quite a journey! It is not the process (Transformational Church), it is a heart issue. Transformational Church and those 7 biblical elements help us understand the heart of God and lead our people to become transformed. By the way, if you are interested, check out my web site (www.TransformationalChurchConsulting.com).

    Blessings,
    Thomas

  2. Hey Chuck:I am a trienad NCD coach and last November I attended the Transformational Church consultant training in Nashville. It was a little much to crowd into my little brain, but after much study, work, prayer, and soul-searching, I have come to the conclusion every church should be involved in Transformational Church.We too, like the church you stepped down from to serve Peninsula Baptist Association, are a church that is doing well – better than many other churches. We do a lot of missions in our community and around the world. We reach a few people here and there, and have a great discipleship ministry and numbers of people becoming “Grand Slam Disciples” every year. It is a process we are committed to. Unlike you, and your former church, my perception was different from our people. When we took the assessment tool, I saw what the true perceptions were of our people. I discovered that some of the things we do good, they scored us low, because they simply did not know we were doing those things. This is giving us an opportunity to be sure we lead our people to understand not only the “good” we do, but to get them involved and part of that mission or ministry. It also is helping us allow our people to be part of the process like never before. Boy is the training fun. I’m excited about that Discovery Retreat.Here is what Transformational Church did for me:Even though the word “revival” is not in the Transformational Church book, I am convinced transformation comes after “revival”. I have made revival the forefront of Transformational Church. I am convinced when we come before God in confession and repentance God honors that. I will never forget the deacons meeting when I challenged our deacons and asked them to confess and repent and ask God to let revival begin in us. It was a moving meeting as all those deacons prayed out loud in confession and repentance. I had never before, nor since, asked deacons to pray all at once and out loud. I felt moved to do so and it was a very moving moment in the lives of those men as we all poured out our hearts to God.There is no need for me to tell you what others need to do to have revival, so let me tell you about me and our church. I came home from Nashville utterly bankrupt – totally willing for God to do a work in me and in our church like never before. Boy, has the devil been mad ever since. Our people are responding to those 7 biblical elements – lives are being changed – we have seen more than the usual number of children, students, and adults trust Christ and become part of discipleship. I have been a pastor or minister of education for over 43 years. I have stayed long in churches, my last, 17 years. I became convinced that if I live out those 7 biblical elements before my people, and lead them to live out those 7 biblical elements in the home, job and community, God would honor that and we would start the process of becoming more transformational, that we would truly see our people act more like Jesus, our church become more like the body of Christ, and our community reflect the kingdom of God because of our mission/ministry in the community.It has been quite a journey! It is not the process (Transformational Church), it is a heart issue. Transformational Church and those 7 biblical elements help us understand the heart of God and lead our people to become transformed. By the way, if you are interested, check out my web site (www.TransformationalChurchConsulting.com). Blessings,Thomas

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