NextSteps Felt-Need Assessment
Felt-Needs Are A Motivating or Hindering Force
At every point in our lives, we experience emotional and spiritual Felt-Needs. A Felt-Need is the emotional/spiritual motivations or hindrances that drive our spiritual maturation process. Felt-Needs may be positive or negative in nature. A positive Felt-Need, such as a desire to serve the Lord, will likely inspire spiritual growth. Negative Felt-Needs, such as when someone undergoes a divorce, can be detrimental to that person’s spiritual development unless their personal pain is addressed in a healthy manner. For this reason, it is a wise practice for your pastoral care providers to work closely with church members who are currently experiencing a negative Felt-Need. NextSteps assesses 24 Felt-Need category reports.
The 24 Felt-Need Reports
The default Felt-Need titles, bulleted summaries, and reports may be edited so that your church’s version of NextSteps reflects your unique discipleship culture. Below is a graphic of the edit interface.
Below the graphic, our 24 Felt-Need reports are listed under Positive Felt-Needs, and Negative Felt-Needs. It is important to understand that a Negative Felt-Need may be converted to a Positive Felt-Need if appropriate pastoral care is provided, and the individual’s actions and decisions are guided by the Holy Spirit and the Bible. This is why it is so very important that your church’s pastoral care ministry identifies the people within your church who are struggling spiritually and emotionally. We believe such care is a crucial component of any disciple-making ministry.