Faith Assets. Assessment Tool for the Congregation and Youth Ministry. Using the Assessment Tool

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1 Using the Assessment Tool Faith Assets Assessment Tool for the Congregation and Youth Ministry Use this assessment tool with your congregational staff, leadership councils, and youth ministry leadership team (adults and youth), to reflect on the priority and practice of the 44 Faith Assets in the life of your congregation and youth ministry. Developed from the research findings of the Exemplary Youth Ministry Project, the Faith Assets are organized into two major areas congregational life and youth ministry with four asset groupings in each area. Congregational Assets Faith Maturity Pastoral Leadership Strength Congregational Characteristics Youth Involvement Youth Ministry Assets Youth Minister Strength Youth and Adult Leadership Youth Ministry Effectiveness Family Involvement The Assessment Tool is organized into two sections. A congregation can use Part 1. Congregational Assets with congregation staff, key leadership, and/or leadership councils to conduct an overall assessment of the congregation s impact on young people. Part 2. Youth Ministry Assets can be used by the youth ministry team, as well church staff and key leaders, to assess the effectiveness of the youth ministry effort. The tool is used best in group settings where there can be discussion and shared analysis. Begin by giving people time to complete the assessment individually. Then, use the following process to share reflections and analysis for each asset grouping under the two asset areas. For example, if you were assessing Congregational Assets, discuss the Faith Maturity assets and then move on to Pastoral Leadership Strength, and so on. 1. Take each asset and develop a composite score of the group s assessment of the priority of each Faith Asset in the asset grouping. 2. Explore the reasons for people s ratings: Is this an accurate picture of our congregation s priorities in this asset area? Why do we believe it is accurate or inaccurate? Should this asset or asset grouping be a higher priority? 3. Take each asset and develop a composite of the group s assessment of the practice of each Faith Asset in the asset grouping. 4. Explore the reasons for people s ratings: Is this an accurate picture of our congregation s practices in this asset area? Why do we believe it is accurate or inaccurate? Which assets do we need to develop more fully? 5. Discuss what the congregation or youth ministry is doing to promote this asset and what needs to be done in the future. 6. Use the Planning for Improvement worksheet to strengthen Faith Assets that you have targeted as important areas for growth. Session Four: Faith Assets Assessment Tool - 1 -

2 Part 1. Congregational Assets Priority of this asset in our congregation 1=low, 5 = high Theological Character 1. God s Living Presence: possesses a sense of God s living presence in community, at worship, through study, and in service 2. Centrality of Faith: recognizes and participates in God s sustaining and transforming life and work 3. Emphasizes Prayer: practices the presence of God as individuals and community through prayer and worship 4. Focus on Discipleship: committed to know and following Jesus Christ 5. Emphasizes Scripture: values the authority of Scripture in its life and mission 6. Centrality of Mission: consistently witnesses, serves and promotes moral responsibility, and seeks justice Practices that Promote Assets 1-6 Effectiveness of our congregation 1=low, 5=high Session Four: Faith Assets Assessment Tool - 2 -

3 Pastoral Leadership 7. Spiritual Influence: knows and models the transforming presence of God in life and ministry 8. Interpersonal Competence: builds a sense of community and relates well with adults and youth 9. Supports Youth Ministry: understands, guides, and advocates for youth ministry 10. Supports Leaders: affirms and mentors youth and adults leading youth ministry Practices that Promote Assets 7-10 Session Four: Faith Assets Assessment Tool - 3 -

4 Congregational Qualities 11. Supports Youth Ministry: youth and ministry with young people are high priorities 12. Demonstrates Hospitality: values and welcomes all people, especially youth 13. Strives for Excellence: sets high standards, evaluates, and engages in continuous improvement 14. Encourages Thinking: welcomes questions and reflection on faith and life 15. Creates Community: reflects high quality personal and group relationships 16. Encourages Support Groups: engages members in study, conversation, and prayer about faith in daily life 17. Promotes Worship: expands and renews spirit-filled, uplifting worship through the congregation s life 18. Fosters Ethical Responsibility: encourages individual and social moral responsibility 19. Promotes Service: sponsors outreach, service projects, and cultural immersions both locally and globally 20. Demonstrates Effective Practices: engages in a wide variety of ministry practices and activities Practices that Promote Assets Session Four: Faith Assets Assessment Tool - 4 -

5 Youth Involvement 21. Participate in the Congregation: youth are engaged in a wide spectrum of congregational relationships and practices 22. Assume Ministry Leadership: youth are invited, equipped and affirmed for leadership in congregational activities Practices that Promote Assets Session Four: Faith Assets Assessment Tool - 5 -

6 Priority of this asset in our congregation 1=low, 5 = high Part 2. Youth Ministry Assets Youth Minister 23. Provides Competent Leadership: reflects superior theological, theoretical, and practical knowledge and skill in leadership 24. Models Faith: is a role model reflecting a living faith for youth and adults 25. Mentors Faith Life: assists adult leaders and youth in their faith life both one-on-one and in groups 26. Develops Teams: reflects clear vision and attracts gifted youth and adults into leadership 27. Knows Youth: knows youth and changes in youth culture and utilizes these understandings in ministry 28. Establishes Effective Relationships: enjoys effective relationships with youth, parents, volunteers, and staff. Practices that Promote Assets Effectiveness of our congregation 1=low, 5=high Session Four: Faith Assets Assessment Tool - 6 -

7 Youth and Adult Leadership 29. Equip for Peer Ministry: youth practice friendship, care-giving, and outreach supported by training and caring adults 30. Establish Adult-Youth Mentoring: adults engage youth in faith and life supported by informed leadership 31. Participate in Training: evaluate and equip youth and adults for ministry in an atmosphere of high expectations 32. Posses Vibrant Faith: youth and adult leaders possess and practice a vital and informed faith 33. Competent Adult Volunteers: foster authentic relationships and effective practices with youth within a clear vision strengthen by training and support Practices that Promote Assets Session Four: Faith Assets Assessment Tool - 7 -

8 Youth Ministry Effectiveness 34. Establishes a Caring Environment: provides multiple nurturing relationships and activities resulting in a welcoming atmosphere of respect, growth, and belonging 35. Develops Quality Relationship: develops authentic relationships among youth and adults establishing an environment of presence and life engagement 36. Focus on Jesus Christ: the life and ministry of Jesus inspires the ministry s mission, practices, and relationships 37. Considers Life Issues: the full range of young people s lives is valued and addressed 38. Uses Many Approaches: intentionally, creatively employs multiple activities appropriate to the ministry s mission and context 39. Organized Well: engages participants and leaders in long range planning, implementation, evaluation and innovation in an atmosphere of high expectations Practices that Promote Assets Session Four: Faith Assets Assessment Tool - 8 -

9 Family Involvement 40. Possess Strong Parental Faith: parent(s) possess and practice a vital and informed faith 41. Promotes Family Faith Practices: parents engage youth and family in conversations, prayer, bible reading, and service that nurture faith and life 42. Reflects Family Harmony: expressions of respect and love create an atmosphere promoting faith 43. Equips Parents: offers instruction and guidance that nurture parental faith and equips parents for nurturing faith at home 44. Fosters Parent-Youth Relationships: offers parent-youth activities that strengthen parentyouth relationships Practices that Promote Assets Session Four: Faith Assets Assessment Tool - 9 -

10 Planning for Improvement Identify the Faith Assets that your congregation had decided to make a higher priority and/or develop more effective practices. Use this planning form to help you generate ideas for improvement and develop an action plan for implementing your improvement. Faith Asset: 1. Brainstorm potential strategies to develop this Faith Asset: 2. Select one or more strategies and develop an action plan Strategy 1: Action Steps Budget Leadership Start Date Strategy 2: Action Steps Budget Leadership Start Date Session Four: Faith Assets Assessment Tool

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