Reality Check 101

Reality Check 101 is a book or ebook containing three basic teaching chapters and five tools to help your congregation discern a better future. It is also an ever growing body of resources, free-to-copy small group handouts, powerpoint, and media files available at

Print workbook - 267 pages - is available from for $15.85

eBook is $7.85 from Amazon (kindle) and Smashwords (epub, nook, ipad).  Print ISBN: 978-1484152966         epub ISBN 9781301924554

The three teaching chapters teach:

  1. The basic questions every church planning meeting must explore. Also, how to get your church to try new things.
  2. How to plan for sucess. Also, rediscovering your congregation's identity and purpose.
  3. How to engage in group discernment. Also, how should decisions be made in the church?

The five tools are:

  1. The Four Suits: a tool for discerning your congregation's God given calling
  2. The Roundabout: a tool for getting your congregation unstuck and back on its journey
  3. The Spiral Rule: a tool for turning your church's vision outward
  4. The Three Phases: a tool for understanding your congregation's history and what needs to be done right now
  5. The Spiritual Fuel Gauge: a tool for rekindling the nescesary spiritual passion to get the church going.

Each chapter contains group excercises that provide a step by step process for group discernment and implementation.​ The twelve excercises are available for download at

Reality Check workbook