F&F Review of CFBT - Liza & Tim F&F NYC Founders
F&F Review of CFBT - Liza & Tim F&F NYC Founders
Liza and I were recently asked to put together a proposal for a Church in Virginia. In pursuit of this program plan. Check out our proposal. If you are interested in ouf work or further support reach out to us via contact details below.
Clifton Forge Baptist Church Vision & Strategy Vision: Invest in the community through outward facing projects that utilize leadership’s gifts and skills in ‘soft’ evangelism. (I.e. building relationships with no strings attached) To come up with an innovative and effect plan to best utilize the church’s facilities for it’s future sustainability. Worship Experiences: • Maintain existing service times and styles, evaluated every 6 months. • Experiment with monthly alternative early evening/ late afternoon service, utilizing a less formal service structure, held in an alternative location to the sanctuary, with super-fun children’s church activities. This can be held in the church building, or in an alternative location such as the amphitheater. • Continue with Monthly prayer meetings • Ensure an excellent children’s curriculum is always ready at a moment’s notice to be used in event families show up to the morning service. Discipleship/Fellowship • Introduce the Alpha Course. • Review the church’s plan for small groups and begin quarterly meetings for small group leaders • Provide opportunities for members to continue with existing small groups/ bible studies or join new small group/ bible study program, such as a sport and spirituality program or an alpha course • Maintain existing primetimer’s lunch club • Hold quarterly fellowship lunches that extend an open invitation to community members to join in with, regardless of whether or not they come to church. Community Outreach • Introduce new community sports programing using Tim Cheux’s “Free & Fit” model and resources (utilizing both church facilities and public spaces) o Youth and adult opportunities for small group training o Active sports based bible studies for different ability levels o group sport activities, such as family sports days, tennis lessons, running clubs etc. • Widely promoting the Alpha course throughout town • Launching a ‘OpenTalk’ event where people can meet up in a neutral space to discuss challenging faith-based topics in a safe environment. • Taking a leadership role in inter-church programs and activities • Direct outreach to local neighbors through relationship-building, surveying what they will find useful and helpful to their lives, developing a strategy for the medium-long term based on this. • Relationship Central family life courses (pre-marriage, marriage, & parenting courses) Facilities • Completely clear out educational building, keeping only what is useful, designating no more than 2 rooms for storage and ensuring both the first and second floors are fully useable. • Review plans of entire church structure to consider improvements to the flow of the space, and where a new entrance can be made, so that the building is publically accessible with a clear side entrance. • In the short term, identify an easily accessible ground floor space to use as an exercise facility (old music room?) for free & fit programming. Invest in basic exercise equipment (mats, light weights) and cosmetic improvements (paint, wall mirrors) and creating a side door entrance. • Within 6-12 months, begin the process of planning best uses for the educational building over the long term, and budgeting the necessary investment to make the space usable and non-threatening, based on research into the community needs and church resources. Some ideas: • Daycare & after school club o Benefit: Community needs a daycare o Drawbacks: Child protection policies may make it difficult to use remainder of space • Mind/Body/Spirit Center (“The Forge”) (can be income-generating with donation-based membership fees or class fees for some activates…some, like the marriage course, should be free. Additionally, non-religious programming, such as a community health fair, can be paid for with grant funding) o General fitness classes o Free & Fit programs o Mindfulness workshops w/ Christian basis o Healthy Cooking/ nutrition programs o Kids cooking classes o Community meals o Christian Counseling / Spiritual Direction o Craft/ hobby workshops/ groups o Christian library/ study center/ quiet rooms o Community Health Fairs o Sports Days o Marriage Course, Pre-Marriage Course, Parenting Course (HTB Relationship Central Curriculum) o Beautiful space for people to rent for parties, events, etc. • Retreat center (income Generating) o Convert top floor into accommodation (obviously this will require careful consideration of building layout and controlling access to sensitive spaces) – or, alternatively acquiring a nearby house to provide accommodation- which can also be rented on Air BnB when not in use for more income. o Hosting individuals and small groups for Free & Fit retreats or self-directed retreats. o Hosting youth groups for community service project-based mission trips (running a big VBS program over the summer, doing community projects, helping update church and community facilities…Also follow an example of another rural church that has successfully developed a program like this. If the accommodation piece is done first, mission trip groups can help with renovating and updating the remainder of the building and the cost of the mission trip to the sending church will help to cover the cost of the materials etc themselves). Pubic Image: • Remove SBC from church sign • Create a brand for evening service – Suggestion is “The Forge”- and refresh the church branding and website • Invest in bright, colorful and well-designed banners for outside the church using updated branding • Create attractive postcard flyers inviting community members to services and programs. Make sure that every resident of Clifton Forge has one, and begins to recognize the brand Proposed Timeline 0-6 Months: Begin Alpha Course, Free & Fit Programming, Messy Church, and Alternative Evening Service starts on a monthly basis. Short term building renovations on ground floor to prepare space for Free & Fit. 6-12 Months: Generate a proposal for longer-term vision for church and facilities, identify and secure potential sources of capital funding for repurposing educational building. Consider service times. Launch of the weekly ‘replant’ service. Continue to grow free & fit programming and other discipleship programming. Begin to apply for funding for a coordinator to oversee the community building. 12-18 Months: Building renovations, program development, and responsive implementation of additional programming. Secure funding for coordinator and appoint. 18-24 Months: Implementation of longer-term plans and programing. How Pastor will spend their time: 30% Prepping for Sunday services, Alpha and Bible Studies 20% Pastoral Care for existing congregation and new congregants 20% Planning and development 30% Free and Fit Programming Pastor will need two volunteers support of 8-12 hours per week supporting planning, development, marketing, and to help with public events like messy church or community meals. These plans to recruit for work to volunteer in Clifton Forge will be as development efforts at the Clifton Forge School of the Arts or to start a new program which complements existing work.
Finance Review of all Ministries, Assets, Spending and Budgetary details at CFBC. Review of all Staff, Outreach, Mission and Expenditure at CFBC Review of all Current, Past and Future Members of CFBC Review of all Building and Current Church Infrastructure Marketing New website and social media launch Local, National and International Communication with Church replant vision New branding of specific mission projects including Alpha, Youth Alpha, Free and Fit, Open Talk and Marriage Course Operations Review of Youth and Worship Ministries Review of Church Service Times and Prayer Schedule Review of Church congregation including face to face, polling and church committee meetings Human Resources Review of Church contracts with staff and local partner organizations Review of bylaws and relationship between state and Church council Review of Church membership, elders, hierarchy and leadership team
Love and Blessings F& F Team. Join Tim at Free and Fit events by signing up to our events online here at our website www.freenfit.org About the Free & Fit Challenge The Free and Fit course has been created to build strong social skills, charge healthy physical bodies and to instil a well balanced and sound mind. Participants who complete the full course over 12 sessions will learn how to work effectively with their team members to build strong values of power, love, and self discipline. Free & Fit Mission To reduce loneliness through Sports, the Arts, Social Justice and Service. Free & Fit Vision The vision of free and fit course is to engage, motivate, improve and hence find freedom in a physical and spiritual state. As such the freedom that leads to a peaceful heart; leads to a healthy body. The course is built upon the core value of learning together to be disciplined and motivated in our faith as well as our fitness. Free & Fit Website: https://www.freenfit.org/ Youtube: https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCf4gjFopw_eyr6-w7c3bxiQ Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/pg/freeandfitchallenge Twitter&Instagram: @freeandfitnyc Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Freedom // Fitness // Fellowship Free & Fit Challenge © Copyright 2017 Free & Fit NYC/NJ © Copyright 2017 Free & Fit London © Copyright 2017