Ministry Toolbox


Church Health

  • Ministry Mapping Church Health Assessment
  • MissionInsite Demographics
    (including Experian Community Components)
  • Congregational Coaching
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Leadership Transitions
Leadership Development

  • Leadership Learning Communities (Live and Virtual)
  • Pastor Coaching
  • The Birkman Method
  • Polity and Governance

Congregational Expansion 

Church Health

It is our belief that the Church is God’s primary instrument for fulfilling His mission or purpose in the world today. The Church brings glory to God as it incarnates its identity as the Body of Christ by making more disciples and fulfilling its Kingdom mandate of loving God and loving others.

Church Health, like your physical health, is essential for success and longevity.  When a church is healthy, ministry vitality is attractional and efficacious. But the church as a body is prone to disease from within and without.

The Mission Northeast seeks to assist churches in establishing and maintaining ministry vitality. We have multiple resources to assess, develop and maintain congregational health.

Ministry Mapping  Church Health Assessment

Charting a course for the future of your church requires intentionality.  One of the most effective, and proven tools that offered any church is the Ministry Mapping Health Assessment.  This involves gathering historical data, staff and leadership’s observations, and insight through an in-depth Congregational Survey.

During an onsite weekend, a team of ministry experts will hold interviews and training, concluding with a report to the congregation of the findings with specific prescriptions to addressing any concerns discovered.

  MissionInsite Demographics

(including Experian Community Components)

MissionInsite empowers your church with the information and tools they need to visualize and cultivate their current and prospective members, donors and volunteers. With application to church development, strategic planning, and mission context analysis MissionInsite can assist the congregation in addressing the communities’ unique identity, opportunities, and needs.

The Experian Community Component can assist you in profiling the geographic areas’ prominent population segments’ characteristics that might be addressed through communication, ministries, and programs.

    Congregational Coaching

Every church deals with the change both within their congregations and in their communities. As society changes the context of every church, congregations have the opportunity to not only respond to this change but to allow the new environment to enable brand new models of ministry.

Wise is the congregation and its leadership that seeks an outside source to help navigate these changes.  Our coaches have vast ministry experience to help your church address these ongoing needs.

Here are some of the areas where we can assist your congregation through coaching:

  • Assimilation Strategies
  • Missional Implementation (Community Impact)
  • Facilities Review

Conflict Resolution

Conflict resolution is a way for two or more parties to find a peaceful and Biblical solution to a disagreement among them. The disagreement may be personal, congregational financial, or emotional. Our coaches can assist individuals or groups in a church deal with conflict “in a manner worthy of our Christian calling to promote the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:1-4)

  Leadership Transitions

Given time every congregation will experience staff transition. This is a critical juncture in a church’s life and future.  In this technological era, the process has become more demanding and challenging for congregations.  We offer the following tools, resources, and training to assist your congregation in finding a good fit for your staffing needs.

  • Pulpit Supply
  • Interim Pastor Placement
  • Pastoral/Staff Search Training & Coaching
  • Vanderbloemen – Criminal/Educational/Credit Checks

  Leadership Development

Leadership development, including pastoral, staff and board level leadership, is essential to church health and effectiveness. As one author stated, “While it may be helpful to view leadership development as advanced discipleship or as a subset of discipleship, it is detrimental to view leadership development as distinct from discipleship.” Designed to Lead: The Church and Leadership Development Eric Geiger & Kevin Peck

  Leadership Learning Communities (Live and Virtual)

As the name implies these groups focus on leadership development.  Leadership as a cultural component is a part of every church. Whether they are called the pastor, elders, deacons or something else, pastors must help shape a church’s leadership culture to best support the mission of the church.
President Harry Truman once stated, “Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” It follows that leaders are also life-long learners. Learning from effective leaders of religious and non-religious background helps pastors grasp the importance of their ongoing personal development.
As “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17 (ESV) Learning in community provides support, insight, and accountability.

Leaders Book Summaries

Leaders Book Summaries brings you summaries of the best books on leadership, management, and church life to help you become the best leader you can be.

  • Clear & concise 12-15 page book summaries
  • 2-page super-summary of each book
  • Perspectives from veteran church leaders
  • Christian and secular authors
  • Nearly 200 books in the library with 30 new issues per year
  • Save time and money: read less but learn more

A free one-year subscription is available for all Mission Northeast Pastors.

Pastor Coaching

Every pastor needs a coach.  A coach can assist a leader to bring clarity to their leadership role and ministry goals.  They help leaders look at themselves and their ministry from the outside. You don’t always see what you’re doing outside of your perspective. From Ministry experience and tools like the Birkman Profile Assessment, we can assist you in the development of things such as a Strategic Leadership Plan or Turn-Around Pastor Coaching.

  The Birkman Method

The Birkman Method is a multi-dimensional assessment that provides personality and occupational insight to help understand individuals’ unique behavior and work satisfaction. The Birkman Method reaches further into personality than any other assessment, allowing for individuals to truly understand not only who they are, but why. The Birkman Method is the only assessment that measures an individual’s underlying Needs, which, when fulfilled, provide comfort and motivation for them to be productive and satisfied in their careers and lives.

 Polity and Governance

Polity or governance forms the foundation for organizational health.  It helps answer the managerial question of who, how, and what.  An effective polity will promote unity and focus by defining leadership roles, clarifying ministry responsibilities and supporting leadership development.  An Accountable Leadership Model brings clarity of authority, responsibility, and accountability to the board, pastor, ministry staff and congregation.

 Church Board & Staff Training

Training of boards and staff is an essential element often neglected in the local church.  We are persuaded that leadership is defined in the context of stewardship of identity, purpose, and fruitfulness. Areas where we can assist your congregation include:

  • Board Coaching
  • Birkman Team Building
  • Board & Staff Retreats

 Congregational Expansion

God is the Lord of the harvest, and he has called us to pray earnestly for workers. There is a contrasting and inequitable ratio – great harvest and few workers (Matthew9:35-38).  We are seeking both church planters and planting opportunities throughout one of the most dynamic regions of the United States.

  • Church Planter Assessment
  • Community Profile
  • Multisite Coaching