Why Choose HGC?

I know this may sound a bit bias or even on the verge of arrogant, but I am convinced most churches need a Healthy Growing Churches consultation. Well, maybe not specifically a HGC consultation, but they need an outside set of eyes to help them see what they currently cannot see.

Every leader has blind spots. Every church eventually bumps up against some lids that are keeping them from reaching their full potential. It’s a proven reality for both pastors and the churches they lead.

We have seen these truths proven time and again in churches of all sizes and age. It doesn’t matter if a church is averaging 50 or 500 in weekend attendance. We have observed it in churches two years old and one hundred years old. All pastors and all churches eventually encounter barriers that are impeding maximum ministry impact.

When those barriers are encountered and ministry impact has stalled or is in decline, it is time for what we call “a look under the hood.” That is the core work of a HGC consultation. We help churches pop the lid and determine what might be keeping their engine from running at maximum output.

Over the past decade of working with churches of all shapes and sizes, we have identified seven lids to church health that show up most often in our looks under the hood. We call them the 7 S’s of church health. They are staffing, stewardship, structure, strategy, systems, spiritual state, and space.Below is a quick way for you to do some self discovery of where one or more of these lids might be showing up in your ministry or church. Take a few moments to ask yourself how you’re doing on each of the 7 S’s below.

Lid Extremely Poor Extremely Good
Staff
staff
Little or no catalytic leadership on pastoral staff or leadership core. Right people (pastor staff and leadership community of the church) on the bus in the right seats on the bus.
Stewardship
staff
Lack of funding for effectively of reaching people for Jesus. A spirit generosity in the congregation and leadership that is providing more than enough funding to effectively reach people for Jesus.
Structure
staff
A church structure that impedes the staff from leading and lacks accountability for setting and reach ministry goals. A church structure that frees the staff to lead with a governing board that holds the staff accountable for reaching ministry goals.
Strategy
staff
No strategy for effectively reaching people, making reproducing disciples and church multiplication. Clear and compelling vision for reaching people, making reproducing disciples and church multiplication.
Systems
staff
No systems present or functioning for things like new member follow up, congregational care, or volunteer recruitment. Various system present and functioning for things like new member follow up, congregational care, or volunteer recruitment.
Spiritual State
staff
Sin or disobedience in the congregation that is impacting ministry effectiveness. Staff, church leadership, and congregation are following God’s will and doing ministry out of a deep burden for lost people.
Space
staff
Church facility is dated and not functional for reaching its community. Church facility is well maintained and fully functional for reaching its community.

So, now what? I am glad you asked! If you would like to talk with us about any of these ministry lids, please contact us by completing this simple contact form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Please indicate which of the seven lids you would like to discuss most.

StaffStewardshipStructureStrategySystemsSpiritual HealthSpace

Our dream is to help 1,000 churches get healthy, to be disciple makers making disciple makers, church planters that plant church planting churches! We would love to help guide you all through that process. Better than 80% of the churches that walk out our complete consultation process experience the creation of a new life cycle and a significant increase their ministry effectiveness.

The links below will provide deeper dive into each of the 7 S’s.

Tom Planck – HGC – 7 S’s of Church Health

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