test takingDoes Your Church Need to Revitalize? Assessment: 1 of 4

by: Rev. Ed Schneider, M.P.Th.

Below is a short “initial evaluation” that you can print out and freely use. Grade each statement below separately from 1-10.   (10 being fantastic and 1 being “we’re failing miserably.”)  Circle the number next to each of the 25 statements that best reflects your personal impressions of how your local congregation is actually experienced at this moment.    (revitalizeyourchurch@gmail.com)


Today’s date __________________   

Print church’s name ______________________________________ City _________________________

Please check the following:  

I am:   male________  female _______  

I am currently:     Married______ Single_______ Widowed______ Divorced________

I have children who are younger than 18 living with me?   Yes_____ No_____ 

I am:  employed (FT) _______  (PT) ________ retired _________ looking for work ________

I have been a member of this church for (check one)

1-5 yrs ________  6-12 yrs ________ 13-20 yrs ________ 21+ yrs ________


HERE WE GO……  There is an on line automated version of this assessment.

Most of our adult members are actively involved in some level of consistent Bible Learning.   

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We have lots of members actively involved in our Praying & Visiting Ministries.

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Our congregation is a place that provides worshiping experiences which are vibrant regardless of outward style.  

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We are authentically loving to others who are different and new to us.   

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Our congregation has a strong history of freely giving money and other support to others, in and out of our existing congregation.   

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Beyond Sunday morning, our church family and the structure we have in place, enjoys multiple financial revenue streams that support the work of the church.   

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We have an open financial planning and reporting system that is easily accessible to most of the congregation.   

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We are a congregation that consistently adds new working adult members or regular attendees every year.   

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People who visit us once have a tendency to return several times.   

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Women have a vibrant, respected and open path to serving in multiple levels of leadership.          

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There are multiple examples of visible, sustainable, and growing men’s ministries.    

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Families with children actively engage in weekly, non-Sunday morning Ministries that are well attended, supervised and enjoyable.  

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Our leaders and many of our core members enthusiastically share Christ and the gospel message with others in some way.    

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There are a significant percentage of current leadership who are involved in parish based social, service, or recreational groups.    

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Our church is a place our community would feel welcome holding a non-church related meeting.    

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Our church demonstrates vibrant discipleship training and personal mentoring that continually prompts new leadership candidates.   

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Other than Sunday morning, we have several methods of communicating to all those who are on the membership rolls.    

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We have multiple ways of web based communications for non-members.  

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I frequently remember important points of each worship sermon and have a habit of sharing that information with others.   

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The musical expressions within our worship times accurately reflect the customs and culture of the people who live within a 10-15 minute drive from the church.  

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Our general membership feels encouraged, empowered and supported in trying new ministries.  

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Our lead pastor is well known and significantly involved within the community outside of our membership.  

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Our building and grounds are clean, attractive and welcoming to both first time visitors and the parish we serve.  

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We are well known as a place where the Life & Mission of Jesus are experienced in many ways throughout the week.  

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We are a local Church where any person can…and often does….transform their life for the better.    

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Please print what you believe are the TWO BIGGEST CHALLENGES facing your local church as of today? 

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Add up the circled numbers from each of the 25 statements.

Put that total score here.                                   ________________

Divide the total score by 25 to find the average overall grading.

The Average grade is                                           ________________

How many of your responses were between 1-4?

Put the total lower graded total here                ________________

How many of your responses were between 7-10?

Put the total lower graded total here                ________________

imagePlease remember…..The “perfect church” (which doesn’t exist) would score 250 points. The horrendously horrible church would score 25.  Also, unlikely.

Also note…..This total score is just a snap shot of one person’s informed impressions.  A more clear and accurate evaluation, and sometimes uncomfortable truth, will start to emerge as more and more surveys are gathered from all the members of your local congregation.  

There are few more assessments, plus an on-site personally interactive evaluation that will have to happen PRIOR TO starting the 2-3 year process of a revitalization project. 

Let me know if I can help with rest of the evaluation process.   Blessings.   

Click Here to Contact Pastor Ed. 

(All material is proprietary and solely owned and licensed by Ed Schneider. This initial survey is only the first of four assessments necessary to accurately determine the likelihood of a successful Revitalization outcome) 

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