As the transitional pastor at Church at the Butte in Elephant Butte, New Mexico, Ed Myers wanted to build off of the growth that had taken place in the 15 years since the church was planted. But also wanting to help the church move further and better develop their structure, he knew the Transformational Church Assessment Tool (TCAT) would provide that catalyst.
Having served in a similar role for several previous churches, Myers had already seen the impact the assessment could have. “TCAT has been incorporated into the, you might say, curriculum or process of a transitional pastorate,” he said.
Myers led the congregation, which reflects the surrounding community—mostly retired people, but a growing number of young families—through a sermon series on the elements that make up a transformational church. Doing this, he promoted TCAT to everyone in the church.
Getting back the results is always exciting for Myers because he is always able to point to areas of growth and celebration. “Even in a church or two that was kind of pitiful, the TCAT always reveals some positive things in all seven categories,” he said.
With the Church at the Butte, most of the results were positive. In fact, Myers said it was the healthiest church TCAT score he has seen. But the results still showed areas they could improve. He said the church “probably ended up with 45 or 50 actions plans to develop the church on all seven elements.”
After hearing the positive affirmation of the results and seeing how they could still grow, the church began to look for ways to put the plan into action. Myers said the church already maintained a food and clothing ministry once a week, but one member wanted to do more.
“One of our ladies who is retired and has a Masters in Social Work came to me and said, ‘I believe God’s putting on my heart to help our church and community of churches start a pregnancy center,’” he said. “And so our church prayed about that. She gathered information and the result has been that it has grown.”
The area that needed the most improvement, according to TCAT results, was developing disciples and having discipleship groups. Currently, the church does not have Sunday School and only a few Bible study groups, but Myers said those will almost double soon.
With the help of TCAT, Myers believes the church is moving in the right direction. “We’re taking good strides right now,” he said. “It’s a long way yet to go, but it’s improving.”
More information about the TCAT can be found online at tcat.lifeway.com.