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CHAMPS is a consultation process—Coach/Consultant relationship—with the Church Health Group of the South Carolina Baptist Convention.  The process works well with most churches but is targeted for churches of 400 or more, in attendance for their morning worship service(s).  CHAMPS is an acronym for Church Health Assessment and Mobilization Planning Strategies.

This coach/consultation process assists the church in: 1) discovering its present state of health, 2) studying various areas of measureable data, 3) developing a strategic plan, 4) setting Kingdom goals, 5) determining strategies for present and future growth and 6) assisting in the development of implementation steps to move the church forward with goals and strategies.  The Church Health Group calls this type of process a comprehensive consultation.

 A. Three key pieces of strategical data are used to determine the present state of the church:

  1. A demographic analysis:   A three, five or ten mile radius analysis will help the church understand her community better.
  2. A thorough analysis of the growth patterns of the church will be determined from Annual Church Profiles of past years (five, ten, fifteen or twenty year) statistical data to look at the implications of the past and future growth for the church.
  3. Strength Development Index (SDI): This survey will reflect how the congregation perceives the church to be doing in the six functions of the church which are found Acts 2:42-47. The six functions are:
      1. Worship—worship that glorifies God

      2. Evangelism and Missions—where people are reached regularly for Christ

      3. Discipleship—where disciples are growing in spiritual maturity and reproducing

      4. Prayer—born out of a deep burden for God

      5. Ministry—that produces life-changing touches throughout the church, community and beyond

      6. Fellowship—where believers are united and joyous in their relationships with members and non-members

These three key pieces of statistical data are used as the conversation starters for the Collaborative Retreat. The Collaborative Retreat is where the key church leaders will enter into conversation and discussion of what the current church status is, clarification of the congregation’s perceptions and seek God’s vision for the future. The Collaborative Retreat is led by the consultant.

B. The Consultant’s Role and Responsibilities

  1. The consultant will make an analysis of the current physical facilities and acreage. This evaluation assesses the adequacy of the present campus for future growth. Suggestions are made on how to best use the present facilities for church growth and community impact.

  2. The consultant works with the pastoral staff and the Church Health Task Force to assess current programs and ministries, to analyze the current health of the church. Once there are an affirmed and accepted vision and mission statements developed, the consultant works with the pastoral staff and the Church Health Task Force align the church’s current ministries with the new Vision and Mission statements.

  3. Attention is given to the financial history and pattern of giving and spending. This provides a financial and stewardship analysis to assess potential and needs for the future.

  4. The consultant works the pastoral staff and the Church Health Task Force in analyzing the current staffing structure with a view to recommend an optimum staffing structure. He will make recommendations for thefuture growth.

  5. The consultant works with the Church Health Task Force to provide a specific and exciting strategic plan, understanding that such plans are subject to annual progress review and revision. This strategic plan is comprehensive. It takes into account the facilities, finances, staffing, location, ministries, programs, and vision for new opportunities.

  6. The consultant process lasts from six to eight months. The consultant walks with the church during the entire process.

  7. Each month the consultant will present a teaching lesson to the pastoral staff and the Church Health Task Force based upon one or more of the twelve principles of church health and strength. The Church Health Group provides the teaching material to the consultant. This teaching session is a part of the monthly meeting with the pastoral staff and the Church Health Task Force.

  8. The consultant conducts at least one consultation or teaching session per month. An additional session can be conducted if agreed upon by the pastoral staff and the consultant.

  9. At the end of the consultant process, the consultant shall provide unto the pastoral staff and the Church Health Task Force his Executive Report. A sample Executive Report is included in this material. It is referred to as “Attachment B”.

  10. The consultant assists the pastoral staff and the Church Health Task Force in developing an assimilation plan for those who contact and connect with the church.

C. The Coach’s Role and Responsibilities

  1. The coach/consultant serves as a coach to the pastoral staff.
  2. The coach/consultant conducts at least one monthly coaching session. The coaching session will last one and half to two hours each. The coach/consultant and pastoral staff will decide to conduct an additional coaching session each month, if desired and needed, and agreed upon by both parties.
  3. The purpose of the coaching component is to assist the pastoral staff to discover God’s vision and mission for the church. It also assists the pastoral staff to implement the various teaching points presented in the equipping portion of the monthly consultation.

Because this is a ministry of the South Carolina Baptist Convention churches have given generously through the Cooperative Program, the Church Health Group is able to offer this process to your church for a fee of $500. Independent consultants charge fees of $5,000 to $10,000 for a similar process. Other costs to the church relate to the Collaborative Retreat, special meetings, and meals as determined by the leadership team.

If the church accepts this proposal, a mutual agreement of the time schedule will be approved by both parties. A document list of the data needed from the church is found in Attachment A, included in this packet.

In addition, the pastor, church leadership, congregation and consultant will agree to a proposed schedule of events. As soon as this proposal is accepted, a day and time will be established for the first on-site visit.

For further information or questions, please contact the Church Health Group.

Joe Youngblood
Director of Church Health Group
Office - 803.227.6037
Mobile - 803.215.3841

Jerry Sosebee
Associate Director of Church Health Group
Office - 803.227.6038
Mobile - 803.448.5986

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