Turnaround Synod Initiative
Helping Congregations Grow and Thrive
The Metropolitan Chicago Synod works to energize and renew congregations, supporting their efforts to “turnaround” and begin to grow and thrive. Our Turnaround Synod Initiative (TSI) is our program that invites these congregations to be inspired, challenged, and empowered to increase participation in their congregation and community and become more engaged.
Get more information and answers to questions, or a packet of information to share with your congregation’s leaders by sending an e-mail to the Rev. Sarah Stumme. If you don’t have access to the internet, phone 773-248-0021, ext. 13, to leave a message.
Congregational Assessment Tool Available
Through Tag Consulting at Reduced Rate
Through a special arrangement with TAG Consulting, congregations in the Metropolitan Chicago Synod can do a self-assessment using the Transforming Church Index, a comprehensive online survey. Any and every person who attends your church will be invited to complete the survey, so the results you get provide a full and reliable picture of key aspects of congregational life.
When your congregation signs up to do the survey, you will receive complete instructions, along with materials to help you promote the process to get the most congregational involvement. TAG recommends keeping the survey open for about a month, after which you will receive the results along with a debriefing to provide a fuller explanation.
The Rev. John Holm, a pastor in the synod and a TAG consultant, has trained volunteers to debrief congregations so we are able to have a number of congregations in the process at the same time.
TAG is offering the assessment and debriefing to synod congregations at a 20% discount (e-mail Sarah Stumme for cost information).
Congregations may choose to continue working with TAG for a fuller assessment and planning process under a separate contract.
For instructions to get you started, click here.
E-mail Sarah Stumme to let the synod office know that your congregation is going to sign up to do the survey or call 773-248-0021, ext. 13.
This program is being offered as part of the Turnaround Synod Initiative.