FCJ (Fruitful Congregations Journey) 2.0 is designed for churches that have already participated in FCJ and are looking for next steps.
FCJ 2.0 continues to be based on the same five fundamentals identified for church vitality and transformation, which are:
- Continuous learning communities
- Consulting (outside eyes)
- Laity involvement
FCJ 2.0 has three steps encompassing these transformation fundamentals. The steps provide the best possible opportunity for transformation. The congregation can choose whether they move to the next step, as each step is another decision point for the congregation. If a congregation enters into Step 1 it may choose not to go forward with Steps 2 and 3. However, for the best chance of continuous vitality and transformation to reach new people, all three steps are recommended.
Step 1: Learning and Assessing
Step 1 involves the pastor and laity learning together at the local church level. This step allows the local church and its leaders to build a culture for continuous learning in the church. There will be accountability in the form of evaluations turned in to the Conference Office.
- FCJ 2.0: Learning and Assessing Orientation - The eight FCJ 2.0 Step 1 sessions will help churches learn together, create a culture of learning, assess the current vitality of the congregation, design action steps, implement MAPs, and bring key people to the table to share in the experience. Recommended participants are key leaders, key influencers, visionary leaders, potential future leaders, key staff, and young adult leaders. The pastor and team (2-3 people willing to help lead the local sessions) will come to a central location on a Saturday from 9-4 with other churches for 2.0 Orientation.
- The main resource for Step 1 will be the book, Ten Prescriptions for a Healthy Church, by Farr & Kotan. The pastor and laity will be equipped to lead the monthly sessions in their local churches for the following eight sessions. Leaders will receive curriculum, a video, and assessment questions for each session.
Step 2: Reflection Forum
Step 2 allows for a set of outside eyes to help congregations and leaders identify key gaps in the life of the church. Step 2 also involves the transformation fundamentals of coaching, laity involvement, and accountability. It includes a process, for the leaders of the congregation, of self-reflection and preparedness. Optional service: Mystery Worshipers may be invited to share their impressions of the congregation through the eyes of a guest. Congregations that want to receive this service will need to contact Faith Perceptions directly to make those arrangements and pay for the service. The Forum Team will conduct on-site leader interviews on Friday, followed by a congregational learning time on Saturday. The congregation will propose its own action steps to congregational leaders to set the MAP (Ministry Action Plans).
Step 3: MAP Implementation
Step 3 is the implementation of the MAP from Step 2. A trained coach will be available for 18 months to assist the leaders in implementing the MAP. Additional resourcing may be provided as needed for training/equipping related to the congregational MAP. Step 3 includes the transformation fundamentals of coaching, accountability, and laity involvement. Depending on the MAP, there may also be the continuous learning fundamental at work in Step 3.
Interested in learning more about FCJ 2.0? Contact Steve Clouse.