We are committed to the health and vitality of our churches
The Northwest Conference is deeply committed to the health and vitality of our churches. After all, without healthy churches, missional effectiveness is greatly diminished.
Moreover, the salvation of those far from Christ is in jeopardy when the local church lacks energy, capacity, and commitment.
The following two congregational assessment instruments are available to aid in discerning current realities on the local level.
According to the Apostle Paul, the church is like a human body (Romans 12:4-5). Thus, it stands to reason that every living church has its own pulse, and that taking the pulse of any particular church provides a general read on the health and vitality of that unique body of believers.
The standardized set of criteria used in the PULSE Assessment Survey is the ten healthy missional markers that flow out of the material presented at the Veritas workshops that have been facilitated throughout the conference. Even though every church is different, these markers can be used to determine the general level of health and vitality of each church.
1) Centrality of the Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16)
- We believe that the Bible is the only perfect rule for faith, doctrine and conduct.
- Our preaching and teaching in all settings reflects careful preparation, relevance, and creativity.
- Our people are equipped and growing in their ability to study and apply Biblical truth in ways that lead to a scripturally integrated life.
2) Life transforming walk with Jesus (John 3:3,30; Philippians 1:6)
- We teach our people how to be attentive to Christ in all circumstances.
- Our people understand the radical nature of the message and mission of Jesus that continually deconstructs and reconstructs a person’s life.
- Our people are equipped and growing in their ability to use a variety of spiritual growth resources, experiences, and settings.
3) Intentional evangelism (Matthew 28:18-20)
- We are burdened for the spiritual condition of those who do not yet know Christ.
- We have identifiable pathways for evangelism to take place in our ministries.
- Our people are equipped and growing in their ability to build spiritual friendships and know how to share their faith as God-birthed opportunities arise.
4) Transforming communities through active compassion, mercy and justice ministries (Micah 6:8)
- We are burdened for the hurting people in our community and beyond.
- We have identifiable pathways for compassion, mercy and justice ministries to take place.
- Our people are equipped and growing in their ability to see and address the hurts and the causes of hurt in our community and beyond.
5) Global perspective and engagement (Acts 1:8)
- We raise the sights of our members beyond our congregation and community, by developing a Biblical worldview and both praying for and referencing global matters.
- We have identifiable pathways to support the cause of Christ globally.
- Our people are equipped and growing in their ability to participate in the global dimensions of our ministry.
6) Compelling Christian community (Acts 2:42-47)
- We understand that our love for one another is a powerful testimony to the deity of Jesus.
- We love each other as we are, not as we should be.
- We share life together beyond the worship service.
7) Heartfelt worship (Psalm 138:1a; John 4:23)
- We exalt and celebrate God for who He is, what He has done, what He is doing, and what He will do.
- Worship reflects careful preparation to help give voice to many dimensions of response to God such as adoration, praise, contrition, lament, and commitment.
- People leave worship knowing something more about the heart of God and about their own hearts.
8) Sacrificial and generous living and giving (Romans 12:1-8)
- We help people discover, develop and deploy their spiritual gifts.
- We regularly, graciously, and unapologetically teach on the importance of financial stewardship in the spiritual growth of the Christian.
- We have many examples of lifestyle choices being made on the basis of stewardship and the priority God plays in the lives of our members.
9) Culture of godly leadership (Hebrews 13:7)
- Our leaders at all levels serve with character, competence, and conviction.
- A spirit of collegiality pervades, with our people trusting our leaders and our leaders trusting our people.
- We continually identify and train godly leaders for all dimensions of our ministry.
10) Fruitful organizational structures (Exodus 18:13-26, Acts 6:1-7)
- We can articulate a compelling, Christ-honoring vision for our church.
- We embrace evaluation as normal and natural and work through conflict constructively.
- Our organizational structures are designed to be efficient at making decisions, while at the same time building congregational ownership for those decisions.
In order for a congregation to take the PULSE survey, they must have completed the following prerequisites:
- Participation in a VERITAS workshop
- Development of a Behavioral Covenant
- Participation in an EPIC Workshop
- Formation of a VERITAS Team
Once these have been completed, please contact the NWC office to continue the process toward completing the PULSE survey.