NextSteps Spiritual Formation, by AssessME.org is now available. The NextSteps Spiritual Formation Program is a real game-changer for your church. Signup for a 15 day test drive now. 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.
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:
- Audio Teachings
- Bible Study
- Book Study
- Classes – Complete with user sign-up
- Courses – Complete with user sign-up
- Groups – Complete with user sign-up
- Mentor – Complete with user sign-up
- Program – Complete with user sign-up
- Service – Complete with user sign-up
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. For example, 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.
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.
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.
Sample Report – See a sample NextSteps report below….