Season 2 Preview

Season 2 Preview

REVEAL's Church Leadership Podcast is coming back in January 2019 with all new insights into topics that matter to you. We also have some news to share about new products and a special offer for podcast listeners.

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The Surprising State of the Average Church

The Surprising State of the Average Church

In this episode, we open the REVEAL database to share some surprising information about what “average” looks like. Having surveyed more than 2,000 churches, REVEAL’s database provides a statistical profile of averages for many aspects of church life, including congregant behaviors (how often do they really read the Bible every week?) and congregant attitudes (how strongly do they believe in salvation by grace or the authority of the Bible?).

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The Benefits of Coaching

The Benefits of Coaching

In this episode we focus on how churches that take the REVEAL survey can benefit from engaging with a coach to help them plan and implement changes based on their results. We talk with one of REVEAL’s coaching partners, an organization called Ascending Leaders, to learn about their process for guiding church leaders to understand their survey results and act on them to become more effective at making disciples of Christ. 

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Leading Change in Troubled and Introverted Churches

Leading Change in Troubled and Introverted Churches

In this episode we interview Keith Doornbus, one of our first REVEAL clients in 2008 when he was pastor of Providence Church in Holland, Michigan. Providence took the REVEAL survey three times, improving from Troubled to Average. Keith shares his perspective on using REVEAL to turnaround Troubled and Introverted churches, both as a pastor who used REVEAL to understand his own congregation and as the coach for many pastors in the Christian Reformed Church who have taken the survey.

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The Troubled Church

The Troubled Church

This episode introduces you to the Troubled Church, an archetype that accounts for 14 percent of the churches in the REVEAL database. The Troubled Church is one in which congregants are both spiritually immature and unhappy with their church. This dual challenge makes turning around a Troubled Church difficult, but not impossible. In fact, 80 percent of the Troubled Churches that have taken the REVEAL survey more than once have changed archetypes.

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The Complacent Church

The Complacent Church

This episode introduces you to the Complacent Church, which is the one of the largest of the eight archetypes we described in Episode 10. Complacent Churches account for 17 percent of the churches in our database. The Complacent Church is filled with people who are happy with their church, their pastor, and their busy, active lives. But they’re going through the motions—unaware that they are on a journey to nowhere, missing out on the central purpose of being a Christian, which is to grow into a disciple of Jesus Christ

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Meet an Extroverted Church Pastor

Meet an Extroverted Church Pastor

In this episode, we talked with Robert Kelly, lead pastor of Beacon Church in Long Island, New York. Beacon Church took the REVEAL survey in 2012 and fell into the Extroverted Church archetype. Robert shares what his church has done to create a discipleship pathway to grow newcomers into missional disciplemakers. 

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The Extroverted Church

The Extroverted Church

In this episode, we talk about the factors that set the Extroverted Church apart and then use the stories of a few Extroverted Churches to give you some practical insights. The Extroverted Church is just what the name implies—it’s a church that is “turned outward.” It’s friendly; it likes to meet new people. It is also highly engaged in serving its community. However, Extroverted church congregants are weak in their core Christian beliefs and don’t engage very frequently in personal spiritual practices. Just nine percent of the churches in the REVEAL database are in the Extroverted archetype.

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Why Should Church Leaders Care About Satisfaction?

Why Should Church Leaders Care About Satisfaction?

This podcast features an interview with Eric Arnson, the market research genius behind the development REVEAL. Earlier in his career, Eric led the North American brand strategy for McKinsey and Company, one of the world’s most respected consulting firms. Cally Parkinson interviewed Eric to learn more about his perspective on why church leaders should be interested in their congregants’ satisfaction, or dissatisfaction, with the church.

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The Introverted Church

The Introverted Church

In this episode, we discussed the characteristics of the churches in the Introverted Church archetype, which compromise 17% of churches in our database, making it is one of the largest archetypes. As the name suggests, churches in this archetype tend to be inwardly focused. However, their congregants have strong beliefs in core Christian doctrines and are dedicated to their personal spiritual practices. These strengths provide a solid base for Introverted Churches to implement changes that will lead the church to become more vibrant.

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The Self-Motivated Church

The Self-Motivated Church

In this episode, we discussed the characteristics of the churches that fall under the Self-Motivated Church archetype, which compromise 10% of churches in our database. Its existence is less intuitive and may be harder to understand at first than many of the other archetypes—like the Vibrant Church or the Complacent Church. Yet this archetype is one of the strongest, and Self-Motivated Churches are well-positioned to move toward greater vibrancy. Their congregants are on a spiritual journey that is, in fact, “self-motivated.” They have strong beliefs, well-established personal spiritual practices, and impressive rates of serving and evangelism. The church plays a more limited role in their spiritual lives than it does for congregants in other types of churches.

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The Energized Church

The Energized Church

In this episode, we discussed the characteristics of the churches that fall under the Energized Church archetype, which compromise 12% of churches in our database. This archetype is the most likely “next step” for churches that are in some of the weaker archetypes (like Complacent, Average and Extroverted Churches). We have seen many churches move to the Energized archetype after they address issues that show up in their first survey, making the Energized archetype an important one for all churches to get to know.

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An Interview with a Vibrant Church Pastor

An Interview with a Vibrant Church Pastor

In this episode, we talked with Jeremy Yancey, lead pastor of Timber Creek Church in Lufkin, Texas. Timber Creek has taken the REVEAL survey twice—once in 2013 and a second time in the spring of 2017. Both times the church fell into our strongest archetype—the Vibrant Church.

Jeremy served as Timber Creek’s Executive Pastor for nine years before becoming the lead pastor three years ago. Timber Creek is a 90-year-old church with its roots in the Assembly of God denomination. Like many Vibrant Churches, it’s large—more than 1200 adults attend weekend services—and it’s also young—one out of five of the people who took the survey were in their 20s, which is well above our database average.

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The Vibrant Church

The Vibrant Church

In this episode, we discussed the characteristics of the churches in the REVEAL database that fall under the Vibrant Church archetype. The Vibrant Church, which is the strongest of the eight archetypes we described in Episode 10, is also the smallest archetype, accounting for 8% of churches compared with the Complacent and Introverted Church archetypes, which each account for 17% of churches in our database.

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The Eight Church Archetypes

The Eight Church Archetypes

In this episode, we talked about our discovery of eight types of churches. We call these “archetypes” and they are akin to church “personalities.” Finding the archetypes was a huge breakthrough, not only because it gave us a framework for understanding differences among churches, but because it provided a focused lens to view each church. These archetypes help us see more clearly how a church is wired, so we can understand their results and prescribe a path to greater vibrancy.

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Unlocking Spiritual Growth in Your Church

Unlocking Spiritual Growth in Your Church

In this episode, we talked about what we have learned about the process of spiritual growth based on responses to the REVEAL for Church survey. One key finding of REVEAL’s research is the Spiritual Continuum: four stages of spiritual maturity identified in our earliest research: Exploring Christ (10% of churchgoers on average); Growing in Christ (40%); Close to Christ (25%) and Christ-Centered (25%).  Our goal with the Spiritual Continuum is not to put people in boxes. Once we discovered these four groups, we set out to learn what triggered movement from one segment to the next to help pastors determine the best next steps to help their people grow in their relationship with Christ. We call these drivers of spiritual growth “catalysts” because they speed growth much like a catalyst speeds a chemical reaction.

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Five Best Practice Principles for Churches

Five Best Practice Principles for Churches

One of the most influential findings from REVEAL is its discovery of five best practices for churches—specifically, best practices for developing disciples of Jesus Christ. This was a discovery the REVEAL Team intentionally pursued. After we developed the Spiritual Vitality Index (SVI), we were able to identify the top 5% of churches in our database and find out what they were doing to be so effective at discipleship.

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