(Contact bob@ChurchHealth.net to discuss your personalized plan)
Bob Whitesel D.Min., Ph.D. and his colleague Mark DeYmaz D.Min. are regarded as the nation’s leading experts on transitioning churches into healthy multi-cultural congregations. They have authored the definitive book on this process published by Abingdon Press and titled: re:MIX: Transitioning Your Church to Living Color (2016).
In addition, Dr. Whitesel is the founder of the leading academic network for the study of healthy multicultural churches, titled The Academy of Intercultural Church Research.
This consultation with Dr. Whitesel develops a planning process for a church that is wrestling with the implications of change in order to reach multiple cultures in growth and harmony.
- 1 or 2 year Implementation Assistance
- In-depth Interviews with: Pastors and Staff, Key Lay Leaders, Group Interviews with Senior Members
- Employing (among other data-gathering instruments):
- Leadership Questionnaires
- Congregational Questionnaires
- Each culture’s concerns and opinions.
- Basis of cultural conflict and unity strategies.
- How to create growth with several cultural groups at the same time.
- How to foster greater unity during growth.
- Strategies and programs that will work in your specific situations to reach and unite multiple cultures.
A Growth Strategy (custom-tailored), that will:
- Balance the cultural make-up in you planning.
- Unite multiple cultures under one roof and one leadership.
- Plan and evaluate changing cultural needs.
- Employ healthy and realistic growth projections.
- Broaden the church membership base.
- Increase the church’s community impact.
7 on-site visits with 6 Custom-tailored clinics. Proposed schedule (this schedule is customizable):
- Visit 1: Data-gathering and focus-group meetings. Dr. Whitesel will meet with focus groups (usually five  groups of 7 -18 people) including:
Group 1: Long-standing members.
Group 2: Newer members (attendees), e.g. those who have started attending in the last three years.
Group 3: Members of volunteers who have become less involved in the church over the last three years.
Group 4: Church staff has their focus group over lunch with consultant (onsite, please provide food)
Group 5: Focus group of your choosing. However, the above focus groups are customizable to your needs and situation.
In addition, Dr. Whitesel will meet with the pastor and any senior leaders for a debriefing after the focus group meetings.
- Visit 2: Usually 30-60 days later this is a presentation of the analysis via a Diagnostic Workshop. You can open this workshop up to all congregants or a select group of leaders. This workshop will identify:
“The 7 Marks of a Growing Church.” Here you will see your congregational scores in areas you are doing well and areas we will work together to improve. This applies insights from the largest survey of healthy churches in America: The American Congregations Study.
“The 8 Steps to Church Change.” Here we will apply Kotter’s research-proven 8-step process to improve any of the areas we identify as in need of change or improvement.
Attendees will participate by forming short-term “task forces” to each look at one of the areas that needs to change. This creates input from your congregation and its leaders.
- Visit 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7: Usually every 3-4 months, these are customizable follow-up clinics where Dr. Whitesel will be onsite to help:
Answer questions from leaders.
Adjust strategies as needed.
Provide more information.
Meet with any leaders/congregants that want more input or assistance.
Keep the process moving forward so real change takes place.
- PLUS visits 1, 3, 5 and 7 include an analysis of weekend services including an analysis of:
People flow before and after the services,
Facility improvements or adjustments.
Liturgical/order of service and flow, etc.
Cost: $5.800 (2 years) or $4,200 (1 year) … Our fee structure is 1/2 to 1/3 the fee most church growth consultants charge.
AND this consultation is Eligible for:
- Fee Support (reduced cost based on need).
- A low monthly payment plan.