Ministry Effectiveness - Your Impact Survey Results are In
As the FCA Endurance national staff and Advisory Board continue to seek the Lord’s will regarding our specific ministry strategies for the future, it is important that we continue to learn from our individual and shared experiences regarding what has been effective in the past. To gain additional information regarding what has been effectively impacting people for Christ within the endurance community, as well as what the perceived needs are, we asked for your feedback. During the month of February, we asked each Teammate to submit a brief online survey, sharing their individual experiences about what has impacted them, where they’ve seen impact, how they have been used to impact others, and what they needed to be more effective in the future. 161 people completed the survey, and I’m writing to share a little bit about what we learned.
The first impact question asked athletes what they felt had impacted their personal faith the most within endurance sports. I was honestly a bit surprised that event-related activities had 3 of the top 5 categories, with racing being the top choice. Training solo came in sixth. Based on the relational nature of most ministry, usually including a trust and intimacy created over time, I assumed the top choices would be more fellowship based. However, there is something special about the racing environment and this shared experience. After all, this is partially what keeps us coming back, and it does make sense that we are impacted when our emotions are high.
Our next question was basically, “where have you seen impact take place?” Again, I was a bit surprised by the answers. The top answer had to do with building ministry awareness or discussing the ministry and/or faith, often sparked through using FCA Endurance gear! The next five answers had to do with events. Again, I expected results that would reflect activities allowing for a bit more intimate, deep, or regular fellowship. Admittedly, events and gear are easier to spot and are usually available in a group setting where others can view it (the nature of this question), but this still surprised me a bit. I also reference my point above about event emotions and experiences. No doubt event ministry and wearing FCA Endurance gear create opportunities for perceived impact!
The third question asked where an individual felt they had been used by the Lord to impact someone else for Christ within the endurance community. Here the answers where more what I expected: personal modeling, sharing Jesus, and fellowship. However, gear popped in as a tie for third. Again, it is creating opportunities and opening doors!
Last, we asked where you needed help in becoming more effective at impacting others for Jesus within the endurance community. I was blessed to see the Lord affirm our Unite & Equip strategies. The top choice by far was ministry training. Two, three, and five had to do with local fellowship, usually Huddle-based. Four was increased ministry resources, and six was a deeper personal walk with the Lord (or resources to help with this).
While we will continue to prayerfully process these results, here are some immediate conclusions that I’ve taken away:
1. There is a need for the Endurance Ministry Institute (EMI), and we will continue to train endurance athletes to be more effective at impacting the endurance community for Christ. The next training will take place in Phoenix later this month, and we would love to have you!
2. Huddles and the fellowship they provide are important for impact, and they are desired by our Teammates. We are so thankful that Steve White has come on staff to focus all his energies on Huddle ministry, and we can’t wait to see how this impacts the endurance world as the endurance church becomes more united.
3. Events and gear are extremely important at impacting people, and based on this survey, most of us may be unaware of the impact we’re having through these vehicles (significant difference between questions 2, 3, and 4). We need to be diligent at ministering through these opportunities, as well as capitalizing on these opportunities through effective ministry training (EMI) and plugging people in after events for long-term Christian growth (the local church and Huddles).
We will continue to prayerfully process these results as we move our ministry forward under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. As we do this, I seek your prayers, for our ministry and those charged with serving within it. Lastly, I invite all of you to check out the Impact Survey Summary Results posted under resources on the The Body.
For God’s Glory,
Wed, March 14, 2012
by Chris Anderson filed under