Church Mobilization

Volunteer Mobilization Assessments for Your Church

Intro Video to Volunteer Mobilization Human Resource Assessments

Mobilization Assessment Objective: All three assessments, plus organic skills tracking, are designed to convey a consistent picture of a person’s God-given temperament for ministry service.

1) Mobilization Assessments Prioritize Accuracy

Our volunteer mobilization assessments make use of both internal validation within the assessments, and external validation across multiple assessments to help ensure accuracy of data result. So, we begin with the ePersonality assessment, a Christian version built on the proven Myer-Briggs construct. This historic construct has a proven accuracy rating of 89% across over eighty years! Indeed, cross assessment validation between our assessments even improves our accuracy rating from that basis. Therefore, if you want accurate data results, you want

2) Mobilization Assessments Protect Your Church

As one pastor explains: his struggle with having people-problems…that they were either serving or not serving in the proper way nor in their proper positions…

“I sensed a growing misalignment among my people. There was a growing sense of dissatisfaction…..That’s when I remembered a leadership principle from Jim Collins. “Good to Great” is my all-time favorite business book. One of his foundational principles is: “First Who, Then What.”

To use his metaphor, the church is like a bus. Collins says you have to prioritize getting the right people in the right seats on the bus first. Only then should you determine the destination together. That sounds counter-intuitive, but it’s very wise.

So here are the steps of applying the “First Who, Then What” principle:

  1. Get the right people on the bus (and the wrong people off).

  2. Get the right people in the right seats.

  3. Only then, you can determine the destination together.

I realized that I didn’t have a destination or vision problem. I had a people problem. While I believed that I had the right people on the bus, no one was sitting in the right seats.”

Our Response

Even though I appreciate this pastor’s frustration and the council he received from Jim Collins, in business we can fire people. However, firing volunteers is a dangerous business in the church. However, in the church we must begin by assuming that God has placed all our people on the bus. Now, it is our responsibility to discern what seats each person should take. protects your church from ministry damage, church splits, and attacks against pastors and staff, simply by helping you identify the best people and the exact “seats on the bus” they should assume. The wrong people in the wrong positions can have devastating results within your church body.

SPECIAL NOTE: Team Based Leadership Offers Protection

Most churches make use of the classic point-person leadership model. Herein, programs are assigned a leader, and then that leader is given a group of helpers. This model is easy to implement. It also has the advantage of super-star-status that can be attractive in the short run. But in the long run, this model almost always proves to be destructive. Leadership Style assessment provides the data your church needs to formulate leadership teams. Team based leadership models are long lasting and have the advantage of catching pride or other sin issues within leaders, that could could do damage to the church, if they were not discovered and addressed at an early stage.

SPECIAL NOTE: Mobilization Assessments & Volunteer Emotional Health

Volunteers need to be emotionally healthy in order to prevent the cycle of abuse. Our ePersonality and Leadership Style assessments can help identify unresolved pain in individuals who may have been abused in the past. Churches should respond with support and offer free Christian counseling to those in need. These individuals should not be involved in ministry until they have properly recovered and received approval from a professional counselor. Still, in these cases, we recommend never leaving them alone with vulnerable children or young adults. David’s book, Made for a Mission, discusses these assessment responses in more detail.

3) Mobilization Assessments Protects Your People

There is so much pressure on church staff to plug their programming holes, that often they will take any willing person…without assessing if that person is the right person for the position. Volunteer mobilization in many churches today is like throwing people into a programming pool. If they can swim, great! If they can’t swim, then churches find the next victim to throw into their programming pool. This is an unhealthy dysfunction practiced by many churches, but is committed to putting a stop to it. All Christians have been called by Christ to love and equip, but this approach does neither. As an example, read the next section regarding what one congregant wrote on her blog…

One congregant’s story of church service abuse:

“But as we became more involved, some of the patterns and behaviors that we began to observe, particularly among the leadership, began to make us feel uneasy. We noticed people around us who we respected and cared for being mistreated and hurt. There was a recurring pattern where lovely, high-capacity people would start attending the church and become actively involved, only to leave a few years later in a disillusioned or broken state. It troubled us — but little did we know that our turn would come.”

Our Response: Temperament First, Giftedness Second emphasizes understanding God’s design for each individual within a church before focusing on their spiritual gifts. By putting temperament first and giftedness second, these tools provide a clear picture of how individuals can fulfill God’s ordained purposes. These tools caution against solely relying on spiritual gift tests, urging churches to also consider temperament assessments to avoid mis-mobilization and causing potential harm to the church and to other people. aims for churches to thrive by ensuring a well-rounded understanding of each person’s design, enabling them to effectively utilize their gifts in alignment with God’s purpose and design.

4) Mobilization Assessments Include:

Our online Volunteer Mobilization Assessments consists of the following: assessments are all-inclusive. We provide your church members all these assessment tools because they each look at their God-given temperament from differing perspectives, yet each assessment serves as an external-validation to one another that the data is indeed trustworthy. For this reason we do not split-out assessments because we believe each of our assessments, plus skills tracking, are essential for effective Volunteer Mobilization.

The program is a monthly subscription service costing as little as $25/month to assess twenty-five people. That is only $1/month/person. You may pause your subscription at any time.

TRAINING BOOK: Made for a Mission, $12.79

Made for a Mission aims to assist church leaders and individuals in comprehending their purpose in God’s plan and ministry. By guiding individuals in crafting a life mission plan and illustrating their role in team-based ministry, this book is valuable for pastors, church staff, and lay leaders seeking to enhance their skills in team building and ministry mobilization. Discover how our God-given temperament influences every aspect of our lives, from personal discipleship to serving Christ. Our unique temperament reflects a part of the godhead, with each member of the Trinity embodying a distinct temperament and purpose. Understanding our individual mission design enables us to grasp our place within the Body of Christ and serve Christ more effectively. Identifying the right ministry partners who complement our strengths allows us to excel in our service while receiving support in areas of weakness.

Made for a Mission book by David A Posthuma.

Checkout Our New Software Interface

Human Resource Assessment Interface for volunteer mobilization.

More Than Assessments

Our Volunteer Mobilization program includes more than just Assessments. It also includes:

  1. Organic Skills Tracking
  2. A powerful Candidate Search Engine
  3. And Data Integration options to incorporate data into your church’s ChMS.

Please consider the following helpful information…

  • ChMS Integration: Automatic data-sync with the Church Community Builder by PushPay ChMS  [ learn more ], as well as optional data sync with Planning Center Online [ learn more ].
  • Data Import/Export with many church management programs  [ learn more ].
  • References: To read reference letters from some of our long-time client ministries, [ learn more ].