Yesterday, I had the opportunity to sit around a table at Panera and talk about the future of spiritual formation in local churches. I heard the vision from Mark Bankord, the Directional Leader and co-founder of Heartland Community Church in Rockford, Illinois, and Eric Parks, the Chief Creative Officer of monvee.
Here are a few things that distinguished monvee from anything else I’ve seen to help people growth in their faith:
- It’s web-based. People can access it at any time.
- It doesn’t involve the creation of new church programs, but it connects people to their local church.
- It walks people through a discovery process to identify their personalized spiritual growth plan. This is not a one-size-fits-all strategy or program.
- It recommends resources and practices to help people experience growth through their time, their mind, their experiences and their relationships.
- Even though this is a web-based solution, it helps bring people together.
- It is built to get smarter and recommend better resources as more people use the system.
- It measures spiritual growth rather than ministry participation.
- It has helpful dashboards built into the system to help church leaders monitor their spiritual growth of their people.
- Oh…and it doesn’t hurt that guys like John Ortberg and Dallas Willard have been involved in shaping the solution.
monvee is in beta right now. In fact, your church may be interested in participating. If so, church leaders can learn more about the beta phase and apply to join.
I’ll try to keep you posted as I learn more about this new tool to help churches help people grow spiritually.