Evidence-based was a term first used in the medical field in the 1990s. It referred to the data medical professionals used as basis for treatment or intervention decisions.
Today, church leaders use evidence-based discernment to make decisions during critical times such as pastoral transition, capital campaigns, building expansions, strategic planning and more. The discernment is the work leaders do, based on the evidence gathered.
Mustard Seed Consulting provides the path to gathering evidence critical for churches to make better decisions, in less time and with more confidence. Evidence based discernment is achieved using the CAT (Church Assessment Tool – an instrument owned by Holy Cow! Consulting) administers by Mustard Seed. With the CAT all voices in the congregation are invited and gathered into data-based awareness of organizational health. The evidence includes readings on congregational culture, theological stance, flexibility, priorities, and what drives peoples assessment of energy and satisfaction at play in the church. Additionally, specific direction is attained from the evidence, making this an endeavor that has durability and immediate and lasting value.
Consider evidence-based discernment for your church in 2019.