The NextSteps Discipleship Program is fully editable. Why? Because we wanted NextSteps to reflect your church’s distinct discipleship culture. This video shows you how you may edit the default question pool.
How To Videos for the NextSteps Disciple-Making Program
AssessME.org How-To Videos
The following how-to videos address many of the commonly asked questions novice users of our Mobilization assessments, and our new fully integrated NextSteps Disciple-Making program, have raised. To that end, each video will walk the viewer step-by-step to show how easy it is to accomplish the selected software function. Our Mobilization Assessment Videos are in the bottom half of this page.
How To Videos for Our Volunteer Mobilization Assessment Program
Frequently Asked Questions
Common Questions Asked by AssessME.org Users.
This FAQ addresses questions related to both our Volunteer Mobilization Assessment Program and our NextSteps Disciple-Making Program. Select your questions from the list below. If this FAQ does not address your questions, please do not hesitate to call us at 1-800-724-1159, or email us.
Is There an Abbreviated Summary of the Assessment Reports?
Yes, we offer our free downloadable “Cheat Sheets”. Church staff will commonly print the Cheat Sheets and post them on their wall for quick reference. Download the Cheat Sheets at – assessme-cheat-sheet.
Can I change Plans or cancel at any time?
Change Plans or Cancel Subscription?
Your ministry’s subscription rate is driven by the quantity of members within your account. The rate will change automatically as your member-rate exceeds each prior price bracket. There is no price management on your part whatsoever. You may unsubscribe at any time.
Am I Able to Export My Ministry Data?
Yes. AssessME.org supports CSV and XML data export options.
To export your data , complete the following steps:
- Log into your ministry’s administrative account, or if your personal account has been promoted to Admin status, use your own log in ID and password. Then,
- Once logged in, select “Settings” from the left sidebar menu.
- Select “Account” from the left sidebar menu. Finally,
- Locate the Export interface and select either “Export to CSV”, which opens into your default spreadsheet program, or “Export to XML”.
NOTE: We offer a downloadable XML Schema Definition (XSD) so that programmers may create a custom data import interface between your church management software and AssessME.org. In addition, some but not all ChRM software solutions are capable of importing our data. Our “Integrations” page lists some of the available programs. So, if the ChMS program your church uses has a data import capability that includes custom fields, please let us know and we will add that program to our webpage.
May We Retake Our Assessments Without Creating Additional User Accounts?
Yes. To reset a person’s account, log into your Admin dashboard and select “People” from the left sidebar menu. Enter the person’s name into the search field if they are not readily visible. As you type, the person’s information will display. Select the person’s name and several options will display. Select the small box containing three dots. Once selected, these options display:
- Ministry Admin.
Select “Reset” to reset the person’s account. Then select “Yes, Reset”. This will wipe all assessment results while retaining login information and skills profiles.
Can Non-Computer Users Still Take the Assessment?
Can Non-Computer Users Use AssessME.org?
No. Your church will need to facilitate Sunday lobby kiosks, or computer labs open during the week, so that people who do not use computers may visit and work with a volunteer to complete their assessments. The reason for this restriction is that internal and external validation systems exist online to ensure the data results are accurate. These safeguards do not exist with paper assessments.
Does AssessME.org Offer A Test Drive?
Our Test Drive
No. A test drive is no longer necessary. With our new subscription model, ministries may register for $25/month, and assess up to twenty-five people within that month, and then cancel/pause their subscription. This is a much better deal than our previous test drive system offered that only assessed five people for $25.
Do I Have to Use Both the NextSteps Discipleship and Ministry Mobilization Programs?
Do We Have to Use Both Programs?
While our traditional Volunteer-Mobilization Assessment Program, and the NextSteps Disciple-Making Program are designed to work together, your ministry may elect to turn off the NextSteps program, either while editing its systems, or permanently if you do not wish to use this powerful ministry-support tool. But this would be disappointing since NextSteps can totally revitalize and revolutionize your disciple making efforts.
What is New About the NewAssessME.org
New features include:
- A monthly subscription payment system which is actually less expensive that our previous platform.
- New Mobilization Reports which provide the most validated and trustworthy people across our numerous assessments for the following categories:
- Content Teachers
- Relational Teachers
- System Designers
- Team Leaders
- New reports and graphical displays for each of our assessments.
- The addition of our NextSteps Discipleship Tracking & Equipping System.
- 100% mobile friendly across the entire platform.
How Do I Get Started with AssessME.org?
AssessME.org is automated software. So all you need to do is CLICK HERE to begin the ministry registration process.
I Have Registered My Ministry, But Cannot Find My Assessment Center
Log Into Your Admin Dashboard
- Log into your Admin dashboard
- Locate “Settings” in the left sidebar menu
- Locate “Your Assessment Center” info-box displaying: “Your assessment center is located at https://www.assessme.org/XXXX (Your code number)”
- Send this URL, exactly as displayed, to each person to be assessed.
How can I Notify My People to Register and Take the Assessments?
Our Mass-Mailing Feature
AssessME.org includes a mass-mailing feature located within our “People” interface…simply paste-in email addresses, then click “Send”. Your mass email message will include a dedicated URL link for your church’s assessment center. Then, your people will be prompted to click the link and begin registration a their user accounts. Once the user account is created, the user is prompted to login and complete the assessments. Please note, our mass-email program has enabled both small and very large churches to completely assess the majority of their church members within only a few weeks.
How Will I Receive My/People’s Assessment Reports?
Individuals create and manage their own user accounts, associated with your church’s administrative account. Individuals may log into their account at any time to view or print their reports. Likewise, Administrators may look-up people’s reports through the People Reports, or by using our Candidate Search Engine. Note: Because most email security systems now block automated emails, and email is not secure, the AssessME.org software will NOT email your people’s reports.
Alternatively, if use an integration option such as Planning Center, you can configure automated reporting and notification features within Planning Center to address your notification needs outside of AssessME.org. Likewise, we offer data export features that enable you to input our data into your church management software, and notifications again can be addressed through your church management software.
I Am Having a Technical Problem, What Do I Do?
Call our toll-free phone number, 1-800-724-1159, and select option 1 or 2 for support. Or, you may also use our contact form to send us a message requesting help. We typically respond to appeals for assistance on the same day as the request is made.
Is AssessME.org Apple Compatible?
Yes. AssessME.org is browser-based software, so any device with an internet browser should be able to use AssessME.org without any issues. All major internet browsers are supported.
Is Support Included?
Free Basic Support
Basic questions and technical support are offered free of charge.
Is the NextSteps Program Truly Editable?
Is NextSteps Editable?
Yes. We understand that your discipleship culture is unique. This is why NextSteps is designed to be editable, so that your version of NextSteps may truly reflect your discipleship values and process.
Your ministry administrators may edit all reports and question pools. In addition, you may edit the sub-titles used in our nine phases of spiritual formation. Finally, each one of the nine formation phases has a corresponding “Strategy Page”. The Strategy Pages are 100% editable and are intended for your ministry to define programs, courses, classes, etc. that are perfectly suited to each discipleship phase.
The only part of NextSteps which is not editable, is the three global assessment movements: Discover, Develop, and Deploy.
What about Refunds?
Due to royalty obligations, AssessME.org does not offer refunds for our registered ministries nor registered individuals.
What References do We Offer?
To view reference letters from long-time client ministries, CLICK HERE.
Why Does AssessME.org Provide Separate Assessment Reports Rather than Blend all Assessments Results into One Concise Report?
Report Checks & Balances
AssessME.org makes use of both internal and external validation systems to ensure that your data is highly trustworthy. For this reason, AssessME.org does not blend the results of each assessment into one concise report is so that the various assessments provide a check-and-balance to one another. For example, if two assessments show a person to be highly relational, and the third assessment shows the individual to be highly task-driven, then this discrepancy should raise a red-flag in minds of account Administrators. Discrepancies among the reports can occur for any number of reasons, including but not limited to:
- Assessments may have been taken on different dates, and as a result, the individual may have been experiencing differing life-stresses from day-to-day.
- The person being assessed did not properly understand the questions being asked, or the individual read into the questions more than was being asked within an assessment.
- The individual may have been consciously or subconsciously responding to assessment questions based upon what he or she perceived church leaders were looking for.
- The individual lacks sufficient life-experience to discern between activities he or she prefers and those activities he or she distains.
- Some people, for various reasons, may fall into a category commonly called “People-Pleasers”. People-pleasers often lack focus on what they prefer to do or be since most of their life they have tried to re-shape themselves to please others. This is a distortion of their true personality-type. The assessment that generally best reflects this problem is the Leadership Style Assessment…in such cases this assessment report will be characterized as relatively flat-lined across the continuum.
Will AssessME Email Me When My People Register or Complete Assessments?
About Email Notification
Not currently. Most email security systems now block automated emails from arriving within your inbox. You can log into your AssessME.org dashboard. Here, you can generate reports that will list the people who have registered recently (quantity of days is user definable), as well as generate reports on who has completed assessments recently (quantity of days is user definable). You can also generate reports for people who have not completed their assessments.
If you use an API, such as when integrating AssessME with Planning Center Online, you can use the Workflow interface to trigger automated notification when people first register, when they complete assessments, or even direct specific report types to differing departments. This is a far superior method of notification than email.
Does AssessME Translate into different Languages?
SPECIAL NOTE: Multi-Language Support – Today, Churches in 36 countries use AssessME.org. In the past, many non-English speaking churches had simply used Google Chrome with its built-in translator to provide an adequate translation of our question pools and reports. However, Google has intentionally changed how their translator interacts with software, requiring us to now build an API integration between the Google translator and our software. Building the API would expose all our data to Google, which is a violation of our privacy agreement with our church clients. Sadly, this means for the moment, AssessME.org is an English-only program.
Google translate does work section-by-section within our software, requiring periodic relaunch of the translator. A bit frustrating, yes, but it does work with a little effort on the user’s part.
How to Cancel Subscription
CANCEL SUBSCRIPTION INSTRUCTIONS
If your ministry wishes to discontinue your subscription, login to your administrative account and complete the following directions:
- Select the Admin Dashboard
- Select “Settings” from the left sidebar menu
- Select “Account” from the left sidebar menu
- In the Subscription content field, select “Manage Billing”
- Select “Cancel Plan”
- Confirm selection