Once a congregation has decided to embark on the adventure of congregational mapping, each member will be asked to complete a brief survey that will identify your demographic information, your participation and function in the congregation, and the significant relationships that define your social space. Once these surveys have been completed, we can create a map of the congregational network and begin to take a deeper look at what makes your congregation unique and how the body might be able to function better based upon its relational realities.
The reports can be delivered all at once. But we recommend moving through the process step by step so that members can develop their “congregational intelligence” as the body reflects on each report and works on enacting the recommendations we make for improved congregational life in each area.
The following reports represent the areas in which we focus our analysis.
1. Community composition (demographics, teams, groups, communities)
Develops the basic congregational map, illustrates distribution of demographics and church structures and naturally occurring communities. This phase is meant to introduce the concept of the network map and to give a basic understanding of the relational composition of the Body. This phase will also give a first-glance assessment of some basic network health measures.
2. Community reach for formal leadership and informal key players
This report focuses on a comparison between formal leadership roles and informal sources of influence. Network analysis often reveals key players in the network whose importance to the community might not otherwise be visible (hubs, liaisons, role models, etc.). It can be particularly helpful to see how these key players might overlap (or not) with formal leadership roles and to compare their reach to the whole network.
3. Competency, collaboration and change agency
If collaboration and teamwork within the congregation is of interest, this analysis can be particularly useful. It shows which groups (groups are defined per congregation by the pastor) are best positioned within the community to effect change, to access and act upon new ideas, and which groups are more and less likely to collaborate with one another.
4. Body awareness, skills and giftedness
This report takes the traditional gifts or skills inventory and turns it on its head. Instead of asking each respondent to describe themselves, it gauges awareness of gifts and skills distributed throughout the congregation. This report works particularly well when paired with teaching on the purpose of spiritual gifts for enabling the Body of Christ to function in coordinated diverse ministries.
5. Resources, opportunities & partnerships
Here we gauge respondents’ involvement in ministries outside the church and will map out potential sources of future organizational partnership for wider missional impact. This is also a helpful report for comparing official organizational partnerships with the congregational network of community involvement.