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Essential Resources for Pastors, Staff & Lay Leaders....

by David A. Posthuma


by David A. Posthuma

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Your People Complete the Assessments

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...from the Comfort of their Home or Office,

...Using the Device of their Choice!

What is is not a church management solution (ChMS)…at least not in the traditional sense. is unique in that we support what is really important to your congregation: 1) Your people’s spiritual development, 2) as well as their mobilization into ministry service. We accomplish these objectives through two separate, but integrated, assessment programs. Each program may be used independently, or used in concert with one another. Only offers such a full-featured disciple-making AND disciple-mobilizing capability. is unique in that we support what is really important to your congregation: 1) Your people’s spiritual development, 2) as well as their mobilization into ministry service.

Ministry Mobilization Assessments – The assessments used within the Ministry-Mobilization Program were developed in 2002, and first incorporated within our E-Church Network platform. In 2005 we ported-out the assessment module to serve as a stand-alone program called, We now serve thousands of ministries in over 36 countries worldwide. Our clients  range from small church plants to mega-churches with approximately 25,000 people in regular attendance. We also support church plant associations, denominations, para-church ministries, Christian businesses, and church growth consultants.

Spiritual Formation Assessments – The assessment utilized in the NextSteps Spiritual Formation Program is the result of fourteen years of alpha-testing assessment models with many diverse churches across the country. NextSteps is a real game-changer for the local church. For the first time ever, your church will be able to ASSESS, TRACK, and EQUIP the spiritual development of every person within your church over a period of many months or years. And don’t miss this important point, the NextSteps Program is 100% editable, enabling you to tweak the questions, reports, and equipping strategies, so that they better reflect your ministry’s unique discipleship culture!

Our Assessments

Our NextSteps Spiritual Formation Assessment Program Includes: (Tap Logo to Learn more)

Our Ministry Mobilization Assessments Includes: (Tap Logo to Learn more)

Essential Support Resources

BOOK: Made for a Mission


David A Posthuma authored Made for a Mission to serve as the main training tool for pastors, staff, and lay leaders. This book will address important subjects such as: 1) How to interpret the assessments, 2) Team building, 3) Succession planning, 4) Leadership development, and 5) Red flags to watch for in the assessment data. If your or your team desires additional training or consultation on how to implement within your church, our team provides such support in 10-hour blocks.

CLC Publications, $13.60 each

What Leaders Are Saying About Made for a Mission…. “What intrigued me most was how one could use the assessments you provide to help someone identify their life mission, form teams, and provide mentoring for ministry mobilization… I found your book intriguing and probably the most useful tool I’ve ever been exposed to.” Dennis Moore, Trinity Church, Lansing, MI

BOOK: eShift

eshift_120eShift, by David A Posthuma, published by CLC Publications, will radically alter your understanding of how to do-church in this post-television culture. in fact, the book focuses upon the decline of the television-culture, which has to date shaped much of how we construct our church services, and the rise of the internet-influenced church. These two cultures do not blend well. In fact, in many ways, the people of the internet-influenced culture are hostile to the values and practices of television-influenced people and organizations.

CLC Publications, $11.90 each

What Leaders Are Saying About eShift…. “The church has been choking for decades on the naive assumption that the world hasn’t changed. eShift provides the necessary Heimlich Maneuver to clear her throat so that the fresh air of life and relevance can return. If you are over 40 this writing will be a wake up call. If you are under 25 you will shout Hallelujah that someone has finally stated things as they truly are. Either way, eShift is a gift to the church. Let’s hope it’s one that is opened and applied, not ignored.” (Dan Webster – Authentic Leadership Inc., Willow Creek, Crystal Cathedral)

Our Ministry Organization

  • Made by Ministry Professionals

    David A Posthuma has served as a church planter, church revitalizer, and new program developer since 1987. David is a graduate of Calvin College, and Trinity International University in Chicago. David also received clinical counseling certifications from Mac Neal Hospital, Chicago.

  • Our Priority is Ministry

    David and his team are passionate about helping people be as effective as possible in serving Jesus Christ. This is why we seek to train and support leaders, resourcing them with the tools required to help them assess, equip, and mobilize their extensive human resources pool God has given their ministry.

  • We Seek Kingdom Expansion

    Many years ago, God laid upon David A Posthuma’s heart, that he could be most effective in expanding Christ’s Kingdom, if he was able to provide a means for many thousands of churches around the world, to develop the spiritual maturity of their people, and then unleash mature Christ followers into Kingdom service. The result:

  • Our Ministry is Supporting Your Ministry

    The staff of take seriously our role to train and support the leadership of our client ministries. For us, this is not a business nor a job, it is a global mission passion. Whether your ministry contracts staff for formal leadership training, or you simply have a few questions on how to best use our program, our staff will respond to your needs quickly and professionally.

Our Key Staff



David A Posthuma


David holds a B.A. in Education from Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI; an M.div. from Trinity International University, Chicago; and two certifications in Clinical Counseling from Mac Neal Hospital, Chicago. The Lord has used David to start a singles group in a large RCA church, restart a dying Chicago church, plant two churches; and since 1998, design software solutions for the church market. David has authored scores of pastoral magazine articles, and three books which are featured in our Resources webpage.


tamara2Tamara D Posthuma


Tamara holds a B.A. in Education from Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI; and a Masters degree in Communications from the University of South Florida. Tamara has served as a Communications Specialist in numerous Fortune 500 companies. Tamara’s husband is David A Posthuma. Together they have two children, Alyssa and Joshua. The Posthuma’s reside in the greater Holland, MI area.


SkipSkip Nagelvoort, Sales Nagelvoort


Skip is a graduate of Hope College in Holland, Michigan, and the University of Michigan. Some additional educational experiences (non degree) include Investment Strategies and Theory at the Tuck School at Dartmouth University and Far East Asian business Studies at the Institute at Harvard University.

His work experience includes 30 years of time working in New York City for Faulkner, Dawkins and Sullivan, Goldman Sachs, and Nagelvoort & Co. He later spent time in Athens, Georgia associated with the Center for International Trade and Security and other various business interests.


james1James Wiersma


James has partnered with E-Church Essentials, LLC and since 2004. James is responsible for developing all of our software systems. He is also a graduate of Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI.

James also serves Salem Media Group’s Web Division, as their Director of Development, overseeing a team of 25+ programmers who develop and manage sites such a,,,,, and more.

What others say about us

Ruth Ott, Connections Pastor

Community Bible Church, San Antonio, Texas

(36th Largest U.S. Church in 2011)

September, 2015

“We have partnered with for almost 6 years. has been very useful to help our people better understand how they have been uniquely designed by God. Based upon AssessME data, we have developed a total church volunteer book, as well as a website where people may select from over 80 different volunteer positions. We also have linked our data with Fellowship One™ (ChMS) and are able to give each member who completes the assessments a list of the top five ministries that would best fit their personality and spiritual gifts. To date, we have assessed more than 9,000 people for ministry fit. By using the selection process we have been able to consistently identify leaders to teach classes each semester. If you are looking for a process to equip your members in one easy format, I would recommend”

Ruth Ott, Connections PastorCommunity Bible Church, San Antonio, TXVisit CCB
Kande Wilson

Cincinnati Vineyard Church, Senior Director

(5,000 Member Vineyard Church)

April 29, 2011

David & the AssessME Team,

Thank you for the time, resources and energy you have put into developing the AssessME. It fills a void left open by many of the popular personality assessments and spiritual gifts tests out there. They can be helpful to a degree, but lack an overall picture of a person and how they will function in a ministry setting.

In our use of the AssessME to date, with well over a thousand in our congregation having taken advantage of the tool, the benefits have been three-fold. First, it ties a person’s personality, leadership styles, and gifts into a “real-world” scenario of how this person will function in ministry. Secondly, it provides groundwork for meaningful discipleship conversations, especially during volunteer placement and leadership development scenarios. Thirdly, it is helping us build smarter teams, as we strive to fill each ministry team with a mix of leadership styles that more accurately reflects a holistic, Body of Christ approach.

Again, thank you for the investment you have made to the Kingdom and to our church as you have walked alongside us in the implementation of this valuable resource.

Kande WilsonCincinnati Vineyard Church, Senior DirectorVisit Vineyard
Pastor Tom Elenbaas

Fair Haven Ministries, Pastor of Cultivation

(One of the Largest RCA Churches)

June 6, 2007

To Our Partners in Ministry:

At Fair Haven Ministries, we have been using for a year now, and it’s been wonderful. As we build an equipping ministry, knowing the combination of Leadership Style, Giftedness, Personality, and Skills is highly valuable. It’s so easy for ministry leaders to search in AssessMe for people whom God has already uniquely designed to fit the areas in which our ministry needs them. It’s true that God provides the people where he leads in ministry – and AssessMe helps to make the connection. The people at AssessMe have also been really helpful to us in working with our church management software and in figuring out how to use their system in our own unique way.

Many of the people in our congregation who have taken the assessments have been encouraged, and have valued them greatly. One couple found confirmation for a call to move their whole family to Texas for a new church plant through some of the information that came back on their assessments. Small Groups have used the assessments to grow deeper in discipleship and service. Ministry Leaders are helping their volunteers to better understand themselves and to help them get involved in areas which are better suited to the way God has uniquely designed them. We have even used the assessments with our youth in an intensive discipleship ministry.

We now use as a required part of our discipleship process at Fair Haven for new members and new leaders. We have also done a whole church series of sermons that revolved around the uniqueness of each member of the body that God uses to change the world, and we used AssessMe as a key piece of that series. If you haven’t used it, and particularly if you’re still doing data entry or fiddling with endless paper and binders, I suggest trying it out.

Pastor Tom ElenbaasFair Haven Ministries, Pastor of CultivationVisit Fair Haven
Susan Ketcham

Church Multiplication Division, Reformed Church in America

(Denominational Client)

July 21, 2009

Dear David:

In my position, a major responsibility is to provide dependable assessments for potential church planters for the Reformed Church in America. This assessment tool has become a standard part of our assessment process for two years now. I have found it to be very effective as it helps to paint a picture of the individual and how God has already been at work in their lives, equipping them for the work He has for them to do. I recommend it all the time! Thanks for your fine work. What a blessing to the church!

Susan KetchamChurch Multiplication Division, Reformed Church in AmericaVisit RCA
Dan Webster

Para-Church Leader

“Dave Posthuma and E-Church Essentials share my passion to train and inspire leaders to live authentic lives of great impact. Rarely do you meet someone as passionate about the church with the technological genius of Dave. I love how he is helping churches by leading them into the technological future. Pay attention to what he is doing and access his outrageous resource. It will help you as you both grow and organize your church.”

Dan WebsterAuthentic LeadershipVisit Authentic Leadership
Leonard Sweet

Para-Church Leader

“Ever wonder what it was like to have been on the ground floor with Jeff Bezos of or Pierre Omidyar of Wonder no longer. Join Dave Posthuma of E-Church Essentials and hold on –- the future of the church is forming right before your eyes and under your feet.”

Leonard SweetChurch Leader & FuturistVisit Len Sweet

Test Yourself

2 Corinthians 13:5 – “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?” Several years ago, while conducting workshops at a national pastor’s conference, I encountered a twenty-something woman who looked troubled. I struck up a conversation […]