HOW HCI WORKS:
The Healthy Church Initiative (HCI) has been developed over time with significant input and guidance from individuals like Paul Borden who wrote Assaulting the Gates, Hit the Bulls eye and Direct Hit. A visionary group of church consultants and coaches passionate about the revitalization movement have worked to refine and perfect the HCI process over the years. Bishop Robert Schnase of the Missouri Conference of the United Methodist Church writes: “The Healthy Church Initiative is key to growing fruitful congregations.” The Healthy Church Initiative is intended to be implemented at the denomination, judicatory or conference levels. If an individual church is interested in participating, we encourage you to contact the appropriate individuals within your structure to find out how you can benefit from HCI.
Three KEY steps towards revitalization:
TRAINING: Leaders are made – not born – therefore the first step in the HCI process revolves around the training of pastors and laity. Through Pastoral Leadership Development (PLD) and Lay Leadership Development (LLD) programs, HCI trains individuals to become leaders that are truly mission-focused. This is the step that prepares pastors and laity for the consultation process where true change begins to occur.
CONSULTATION: If a congregation could have implemented change themselves, they would have done it already. HCI coaches and consultants arrive armed with solid data and a wealth of experience to write individualized prescriptions that will revitalize a congregation. When the consultation process is complete, the congregation will decide to accept (or reject) the prescriptions. This decision truly alters the future of the church.
COACHING: Provided the congregation accepts the prescriptions, experienced coaches will be there to help the team implement change. Coaches will help the team stay on task to fulfill the prescriptions, navigate any potential landmines and celebrate wins.
This third step is crucial to ensuring that the training and consultation processes translate into a healthy, vibrant congregation
that is focused on creating disciples for Christ.
NEXT STEPS: If your ready to learn more about this process…we are ready to help! There are a variety of ways you can get started.
We encourage you to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 573.777.1203. We look forward to speaking with you!
The Healthy Church Initiative was formed to help revitalize churches and
aid them in fulfilling The Great Commission.