A church needs to decide which process they plan to take to evaluate, communicate, and act on the results of their church's NCLS survey. The deeper a church's commitment to a culture of planning, the greater will be their need for a planning team of some sort, occasional outside consultants and experienced facilitators. NCLS Research encourages churches to look to denomination for planning support and any processes already in place. Jack De Vries (CRCA Ministry Formation) is prepared to support and assist churches in their NCLS planning process.
NCLS offers three planning options for churches to consider. A church may decide on their own process, which might to a hybrid of the one of the following, or one that is unique to their particular church and ministry context.
Option 1 - A Short Session
A single, 1.5-2 hour session. This session is designed to encourage churches to reflect on the strengths they bring to ministry. It will also help churches engage the Summary Profile. This session is suitable for any
Option 2 - A Reflection/ Action Process
This planning process is designed to assist churches to move directly from their Church Life Profile to action. It involves two sessions of 2-3 hours each. It is intended for those churches who are already strongly pursuing a vision; are presently unable to launch into a long planning process right now; and do not have the people or resources to carry through a thorough planning exercise.
Option 3 - A Comprehensive Process
Four to six sessions over a few months. This planning process is designed to assist churches to develop a vision for the future and to develop action steps that will enable the vision to become a reality. The process can help churches to rediscover their sense of purpose, to cast a vision and pursue the vision to its fulfilment. (Adapted from "Enriching Church Life" by John Bellamy et al (2006), NCLS Research)
Refer to the Workbook pages attached below regarding your church's readiness and record your choice of process.