MASTER COPY FOCUS Readiness Survey
Much about your current missions approach may be excellent, and you will want to retain productive elements. But you may also feel that your present program is inadequate to move your congregation's global involvement forward with sufficient energy and excitement.
Measuring My Vision for Greater Missions Impact
The comments below represent the feedback from various churches. Check those that represent your personal perception of your congregation's current situation.
I see lots of untapped gifts in our congregation. I believe we could unleash far more resources (expertise, time, etc.) for God to use to expand His Kingdom.
I long for our church to connect more significantly with our brothers and sisters around the globe. I am excited about the explosion of the church worldwide and want to see us experience greater community with the larger body of Christ.
Our younger generations need to be challenged about global opportunites in a way that speaks to them. Too many of our young adults don't seem to relate to our current approach to missions and missionary service.
We are spread too thin. Our congregation and leaders can't keep up with what is going on in so many places, or care in-depth for workers scattered in so many ministries and locations.
We need a better way to measure which missions involvements are truly strategic and effective. How do we decide where and how to get involved?
I believe our church needs stronger personal connections to what we support. Too often our involvement goes little further than writing a check.
I would like our church to have a way to measure the effectiveness of our short-term teams. I also want to see more lasting impact on those who go.
I want our church to become a congregation that prays with greater passion.
I believe our church's giving to missions could increase substantially.
Is Our Church Ready to Consider a FOCUS?
Evaluate these questions about yourself as a FOCUS selection group. Note areas where the congregation may not be as far along and may need more assistance in being ready for change.
For more detailed explanations of questions, see page 47 in the FOCUS Manual.
We have a passion to accomplish far more for the expansion of the Kingdom and feel a "holy dissastisfaction" with our current missions impact.
We are prepared to make hard choices, saying "no" to some other good projects in order to concentrate our efforts.
We are ready to have our thinking stretched about what missions involves. We will let go of missions traditions if there are more effective ways to mobilize our congregation.
We are willing to invest the time and energy to develop in-depth relationships across cultural boundaries.
We are willing to entrust FOCUS leadership responsibilities to others in our church, even if they may do things quite differently than we would do them.
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