ADAPT is designed for churches that seek to become adaptive communities that engage their mission fields effectively.
Sessions call for shifts from:
- Maintenance to Mission
- Fellowship to Relationships
- Preference-Driven to Purpose-Driven
- Attractional to Invitational
- Consumer to Servant
- Tradition to Transformative
- Preference to Strategic
- Volunteer to Staff (paid and unpaid)
ADAPT is based on five fundamentals identified for church vitality and transformation, which are:
- Continuous learning communities
- Consulting (outside eyes)
- Laity involvement
ADAPT includes these elements to provide the best possible opportunity for transformation. If a congregation enters into Phase 1 it may choose not to continue with the Consultation and Phase 2; however, the best chance of continuous vitality and transformation to reach new people involves the whole process.
Phase 1: Learning and Assessing
Phase 1 involves the pastor and laity learning together at the local church level. This phase 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.
- Learning and Assessing Orientation – The eight sessions will help the congregation 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 main resource for Phase 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.
The Consultation allows for a set of outside eyes to help congregations and leaders identify key gaps in the life of the church. It 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. The Consultation 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).
Phase 2: MAP Implementation
During this phase, churches implement the MAP from the consultation. 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. This phase 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 this phase.