How can we love our neighbors
if we don’t know who they are?
How do we answer the question, “Who is our neighbor?” when our neighborhoods are changing so fast that our traditional ways of learning about them can’t keep up?
How do we learn how to learn at the speed of change?
FaithX Strategic Missional Consultants helps faith communities and the organizations that support them answer these important questions...and much, much, more.
FaithX helps congregations and judicatories re-envision their future by learning to see God’s hand at work in their neighborhoods, the larger community, and the world around them by equipping leadership with tools and strategies to anticipate, identify, and effectively engage emerging missional opportunities and challenges.
We provide congregational leadership with the tools they need to learn about their neighborhoods at the speed of change. We help them delve deeply into the characteristics of the people who live there, the issues they are facing, and the human and organizational resources that are already serving there, then guide them in discovering, through data-grounded discernment, how God is calling them to respond to what they have learned.
We help judiatory leadership attain a God’s-eye view of the regions they and their congregations serve, and the vitality and sustainability of those congregations, then guide them through the challenging journey of deeply and systemically discerning and engaging the missional opportunities emerging at the intersection of faith communities, neighborhoods, and the Spirit of God.
We assist congregations and judiatories in traversing times of leadership transition by providing them with the kinds of neighborhood and regional missional intelligence needed to clarify their vision and mission, so that they might call the person most uniquely equipped to lead them.
Enabling our work in these areas and more is MapDash for Faith Communities, a online, interactive, map-based missional assessment and planning tool, co-created by Datastory and FaithX, prototyped and pilot tested with the help of dozens of actual ministry developers and redevelopers in dozens of congregations and judicatories in various areas of the U.S.
Stages of the Missional Journey
1 – Data Gathering/Provisioning the Dashboard
Gather, organize, and analyze congregational and community demographics, analytics, and diagnostic data into one place, where it can be easily displayed, manipulated, and explored.
2 – Opportunity Assessment
Enable congregational leadership teams to explore the characteristics of communities in order to identify, explore, and engage missional opportunities. Enable judicatory leadership teams to acquire a God’s-eye view of emergent missional opportunities and challenges, and assess congregations’ health.
3 – Strategy Development
Support judicatory or congregational leadership in the creation of an adaptive living missional strategy that addresses the opportunities and challenges identified in the missional assessment.
4 – Strategy Implementation
Provide as-needed video coaching and mini-consults as judicatory or congregational leadership develop and implement a pilot test of the strategy, then begin to implement the strategy incorporating learnings from the pilot test.
FaithX consultants can provide assistance to judicatories and congregations for any or all of the above stages. Cost for congregations run about half that of judicatories. Judicatory and congregational consultative assistance is often more cost-effective if the judicatory has subscribed to MapDash for Faith Communities.
What people are saying about
FaithX and MapDash
“The information available in MapDash is STUNNING. Other church data mining programs are child’s play by comparison. MapDash makes me hungry for missional work.”
– The Rev. Dr. Lucretia Mann, Priest & Clinical Psychologist
“MapDash for Faith Communities empowers our congregations for growth, helping them take an in depth look at the people living in their community and what their needs might be. MapDash helps me consult with congregational clergy and leadership, and collaborate with colleagues to think strategically about the challenges and opportunities facing our churches.”
– The Rev. Canon Kirk Berlinach, Judicatory Staff
“When our FaithX consultant helped us explore the demographics of our neighborhoods, we thought we knew what he was going to tell us. Actually, we had no idea! The information from MapDash for Faith Communities was eye-opening and called us to completely reconsider our efforts in reaching out to our community.”
– The Rev. Anne McNabb, Pastor