What’s Evidence Based Discernment?

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.
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Author: mustardseedonline10

Kurt Jacobson is a trained interpretive consultant of Holy Cow! assessments serving churches across WI and beyond. An ordained pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, he served Trinity Lutheran Church, Eau Claire for 28 years. In 2016 he formed Mustard Seed Consulting. Jacobson holds a BA in Business/Hospital Administra on and Organiza onal Communication from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN and a Masters of Divinity degree from Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN. He holds a certificate in Intentional Interim Ministry from the National Association of Lutheran Interim Pastors. He is the author of “Welcoming Grace: Words of Love for All.” In addition, the book “The State of the ELCA” by Russell Crabtree, founder of Holy Cow! includes a chapter detailing the work Kurt did in making Trinity a transformational congregation. He lives near Cumberland, WI.

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