How are we doing? The church,
that is. And how are we doing it? Congregations have long measured success by
“bodies, budget, and buildings.” But the
scorecard can’t stop there. When it does, the deeper emphasis on
accountability, discipleship, and spiritual maturity is lost. Ignoring these
details, we see fewer lives transformed, Christian influence wane, and churches
thin out – a situation that is all too familiar across North America today.
It is time to
take heart and rework the scorecard.
to Ed Stetzer and Thom Rainer, authors of Transformational
Church, “Too often we’ve highlighted the negative realities of the
declining American church but missed the opportunity to magnify the God of hope
Based on the
most comprehensive study of its kind, including a survey of over 7,000 churches
and hundreds of on-site interviews with pastors, Transformational Church takes us to the thriving congregations
where truly changing lives is the norm. Churches where:
- More people are following Christ
- More believers are growing in their faith
- More churches are making an impact on their
Based on the
research findings, the Transformational
Church Assessment Tool (TCAT) gives you a snapshot of the perceived present
reality based on seven elements: missionary mentality, vibrant leadership,
relational intentionality, prayerful dependence, worship, community and
mission. This powerful online tool can help you quickly assess where your
church is strong now and the areas that need development.
is now available through the SCBO website (www.lifeway.com/tc/ohio/).
We have fourteen trained consultants in Ohio ready to partner with you to
develop strategy recommendations for your church.
ministry of the Cooperative Program giving of Southern Baptist churches in Ohio.