Hinge Training Events are a great way to begin transforming your church. During our one-day Hinge Training events, we discuss the eight “hinge factors” for church revitalization and help churches discover creative ways to open new doors into their communities. Hinge Training Events Now Available:
- Introduction to Revitalization
- Starting New Life Cycles in the Church
- Empowering God’s People
- Visioning Process
- Bridging to the Community
- Inspiring Worship
- Focused Prayer
- Community Outreach
- Functional Boards
At this one-day event, you will learn about the eight hinges that our research has shown to open doors from the church to the community. As you discover how these eight hinges work, you will see practical ways to:
- Release their creative genius as God’s people
- Connect with others on the same journey
- Begin a new Life Cycle for your church
- And get involved with what God is doing in the community to touch lives
What’s the Big Deal about Hinges? Hinges are important because:
- Jesus is the only Door to salvation (John 10:9), i.e., the only way into The Church;
- Sometimes churches struggle to get their people out of the pews and into the community;
- There are many doors out of the church and into the community;
- The best way to “make disciples” is by going through those doors; and
- Hinges are necessary to get the doors open!
What are the 8 Hinge Factors for Church Transformation?
Our research shows that missional churches are strong in some important ways. Since 2009, we have conducted surveys with over 3,000 worshipers from over 70 congregations, identifying 8 factors or “hinges” for opening the doors of the church to the community. A Hinge Factors Assessment Survey reveals the congregational perception for each factor. The results of this assessment inform the church in developing strategic plans for best impacting its community with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The 8 Hinge Factors are:
Empowering God’s People
The Pastor (and other leaders) spends significant time developing leaders through coaching, mentoring, and training.
Leaders demonstrate a commitment to their own physical, mental, spiritual, and relational needs and development. Great leadership begins with leading yourself well first.
Leaders communicate the vision of a preferred future and a healthy sense of urgency about the direction and focus of the congregation.
Leaders dedicate some of their time (several hours per week) toward connecting the church to the community by assessing needs, meeting leaders, and forming connections with unchurched and unreached people.
The church has a strategy for reaching the community that results in increased conversions and worship attendance.
The church develops an emphasis on prayer, that incorporates intercession for those who need to know Christ.
The church has an Executive Board that governs through guiding principles and regular reviews of progress.
The church has a worship service where the preaching, music, and atmosphere engage the culture with biblical and theological integrity.