Since our beginning in 1998, CHR has had a strong commitment to working with the ministries of local churches. We share the same mission as the local church—to help people know Christ and to become more like Him (Romans 8:29a).
ChurchStrong exists to compliment, not compete with, the local church. We work to help churches become more effective in ministering to the whole person—emotionally, relationally and spiritually. We are a paraCHURCH ministry, not a PARAchurch ministry, which means we are here to serve the church.
ChurchStrong partners with pastors and church leaders, to help churches move from places that talk about the importance of healthy relationships to places that are known for healthy relationships and reflect the visible difference that Jesus Christ can make in a heart, in a home, in a congregation and in a community.
How Does ChurchStrong® Serve Churches?
We do this through Consulting, through our Strong Marriages, Strong Churches workshops and through our Church Relationships Assessment (CRA). We equip church leaders so that they can better “equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ” (Eph. 4:12 ESV).
ChurchStrong helps leaders develop a Theology of Relationships that enhances their foundation for ministry. We then help them identify specific ways to equip teams of individuals and couples to lead relationship, marriage and family ministry initiatives in their own churches, in their community, and to increase their impact in the marketplace.
The Evangelistic Impact of Healthy Relationships
One of the most powerful apologetics for the truth of who Christ claimed to be is the degree to which Christians demonstrate strong, healthy and loving relationships. Christ prayed, “May they be one as we are one, to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me (John 17:23).” Based on the clear teaching of Scripture, the ultimate evidence that demands a verdict is our ability to love others as Christ loves us. According to John 13:34-35, this is how they know that we’re one of His disciples.
We believe that to “lift Christ up” (John 12:32) is to live and love like He lived and loved. When people see the practical day-in and day-out difference that Christ can make in our marriages, families and friendships, they are much more likely to want to know the one who transformed our lives.
The ChurchStrong ministry helps leaders and congregations understand, in very practical ways, how growing emotionally and relationally is a core component of our spiritual growth. Through our Emotional and Relational Intelligence (ERQ™), workshops we demonstrate how becoming more emotionally and relationally intelligent is a powerful way to model maturity. We specialize in helping churches more effectively encourage, educate, enrich and equip individuals, couples, and leadership teams in Biblically-consistent living, loving and leading.
The Great Commandment & The Great Commission
ChurchStrong helps churches become more effective in educating, encouraging, enriching and equipping their members to live out the Great Commandment and to influence the relationships of others. As God’s people live out and demonstrate the Great Commandment, they are better able to fulfill the Great Commission.
In 2 Timothy 2:2, we’re told that “the things which you have heard from me…entrust to faithful men and women who will be able to teach others also.” This rippling effect of “multiplication” is how real growth takes place. It is the essence of the Great Commission: “Go and make disciples of all nations…teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matt. 18-20).
C.S. Lewis said it well:
This is the whole of Christianity. There is nothing else. It is so easy to get muddled about that. It is easy to think that the Church has a lot of different objectives — education, building, missions, holding services. The Church exists for nothing else but to draw men into Christ, to make them little Christ’s. If they are not doing that, all the cathedrals, clergy, missions, sermons, even the Bible itself, are simply a waste of time. God became Man for no other purpose. It is even doubtful, you know, whether the whole universe was created for any other purpose. It says in the Bible that the whole universe was made for Christ and that everything is to be gathered together in Him.
C. S. Lewis, ”