NOTE: The NextSteps Spiritual Formation Program is not currently available. Lord willing, the program will launch publicly in Q3 of 2016. It is currently under development and is being beta-tested by select churches across the United States
BIG NEWS! In the third quarter of 2016, E-Church Essentials, LLC will launch an additional assessment program called “NextSteps Spiritual Formation, by AssessME.org“. The NextSteps Spiritual Formation Program will be a real game-changer for your church. NextSteps is a web-based disciple-making solution that will help your leadership to:
- ASSESS people regularly for their present spiritual formation phase.
- TRACK people’s discipleship progress, formation-phase graduations, and global discipleship trends for church ministry planning.
- EQUIP people based upon three broad formation phases: Discover, Develop, and Deploy…with 3 sub-phases each, totaling 9 Phases in all.
Each of the 9 phases of Spiritual Formation supports custom strategy resources. Based upon how people score within the assessment, the appropriate Strategies will appear at the bottom of their assessment report, empowering them to take practical steps to mature to the next level. These custom strategies resources convey your church’s discipleship plan, supporting your people’s spiritual progress for each one of the nine formation phases. Strategy elements include:
- Phase-Appropriate Books
- Phase-Appropriate Videos
- Phase-Appropriate Audio Teachings
- Registration for Phase-Appropriate Small Groups
- Registration for Phase-Appropriate Classes
- Registration for Phase-Appropriate Programs
- Registration for Phase-Appropriate Service Projects
- And more!
The graphic below depicts a screen-shot of the editing interface for each of the nine strategy categories. Your ministry staff determines what resources, classes, small groups, etc. are appropriate for each Formation-Phase….
NextSteps Is Completely Editable
And catch this…NextSteps permits your leadership to edit the question pools, and all reports, so that the overall assessment tool may more closely match your church’s unique discipleship culture! In addition, the NextSteps Spiritual Formation Program can be used as a stand-alone tool, or used with the AssessME.org’s mobilization assessments. When both programs are used in concert, the data between all the assessments will completely integrate. Each program is easy to use.
However, unlike our long-established ministry mobilization assessments, which are based upon static personality dynamics and are intended to be used only once, the NextSteps program assesses Spiritual Formation (i.e. Disciple-making), which is a very fluid and dynamic process. This is why the NextSteps program can be set to automatically remind your people to retake the assessment every six (6), twelve (12), or eighteen (18) months.
Part 1: NextSteps Felt-Needs
The assessment portion of NextSteps comes in two parts. Part 1 assesses an individual’s “Felt-Need”. A felt-need is generally tied to an emotional motivation that drives people’s spiritual formation, or at times, hinders one’s spiritual formation. An example of a felt-need that may hinder spiritual formation, is if Mary is presently undergoing a painful divorce, she will be likely dealing with emotional and spiritual issues related to acceptance, guilt, anger, resentment, rejection, forgiveness, self-worth and the like. At this point in Mary’s life, it is less important that she graduates from the Develop/Participation phase to the Develop/Preparation phase. Rather, Mary needs to be loved. She needs people to walk with her through this painful time in her life. An example of a felt-need that may drive an individual’s spiritual formation, would be that of John who is hungry to learn more about the Bible. Without a solid Biblical foundation, John cannot mature in his faith relationship with Jesus Christ.
The graphic below is a screen-shot of the editing interface for the Felt-Need reports. Both the reports, and the report titles may be edited….
Part 2: Nine Formation Phases
Part 2 of the NextSteps assessment associates every user with one of nine spiritual formation phases: Three phases for “Discovering Christ”, three phases for “Developing in Christ”, and three phases for being “Deployed for Christ”. The assessment tracks every user’s discipleship history and the dates of their formation-phase graduations. User data can then be graphed globally to provide pastoral leadership with an honest perspective of their church’s spiritual development, and make appropriate programming changes to support the needs represented within the congregation.
The graphic below is a screen-shot of the editing interface for the nine Formation-Phase reports. Both the reports and their report sub-titles may be edited. The second graphic is a screen-shot of the question-pool edit interface….
Global Reports: A Snapshot of Your Church’s Spiritual Health
The NextStep’s Global Reports allows church leadership to get a snapshot of your congregation’s overall spiritual health, and armed with that information, align your budget, programming, and human resources to best address the discipleship needs of the majority. The two screenshots below represent just one portion of the Felt-Need Global Report and the Formation Phase Global Report.
NextSteps Launch: Summer 2016
Beta-testing of NextSteps has begun. We hope to release this revolutionary discipleship resource in late Summer, 2016. If you would like to receive more information regarding this program’s progress and its projected release date, please use our contact form to convey your interest. Your ministry will be added to our periodic news releases. Go to CONTACT FORM.
See a sample NextSteps report below….