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Individual Member
Affiliate
Member

Provisional Partner 
Full
Partner


For Individuals or Congregations?
Individuals  Congregations   Congregations  Congregations
Pricing   Variable   Per Attender or
% of Budget
 % of Budget % of Budget
Core Services Discount None  20%   100% 100% 
Covenant Required 
Personal Covenant
Evana Events    

Targeted Resourcing 
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Monthly Huddles      ^
Community Mapping
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Vital Impact Assessment
(vitalimpact.church church survey)
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Bylaw Changes        Partner congregations will need change their bylaws to require their Core Leaders (main governing board and pastors) to commit to the Personal Covenant. The exact wording is not required, but here is a suggestion for changing the constitution or bylaws to reflect EVANA’s requirements for joining. [Name of Church] desires to affiliate with Evana, an Evangelical Anabaptist Network. Evana is a ministry community of followers of Jesus Christ with a heart to see lives transformed by the Gospel. Its vision is to connect and resource leaders to start and strengthen churches from an evangelical Anabaptist perspective. Affiliation with Evana requires [Name of Church] to commit to Evana’s Congregational Covenant and for [Name of Church]’s leadership to commit to Evana’s Personal Covenant, each of which are attached to [these Bylawsthis Constitution] as Attachments A and B, respectively. Accordingly, [Name of Church] affirms the Congregational Covenant and also requires all pastoral leaders and members of [name of the governing body that has authority over the pastors] to commit to the Personal Covenant.
Delegates        
Regional Networks           + 
Credentialing          +
^Additional Fee
+Partner congregations without other affiliations

Pricing

These fees are guidelines to help begin the conversation. Each congregation will have unique circumstances that affect the level of contribution. Every congregation will be required to contribute something.

Individual Members

$1/month minimum with a suggested donation of $4/month or more.

Affiliate Members

$12 for the first year for all churches.  After the first year, fees are based on average weekend attendance:

Less than 100 Regular Attenders: $120/year

100-200 Regular Attenders: $360/year

200-400 Regular Attenders: $720/year

400-750 Regular Attenders: $1440/year

Provisional Partners

2% of church budget.

Full Partners

2% of church budget (does not include credentialing) or 3% of church budget (includes credentialing).

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Covenants Required


Individual MembersPersonal Covenant

Affiliate Members - Provisional Covenant for main governing/oversight board and Personal Covenant for Lead Pastor and Governing Board Chair

Provisional Partners - Provisional Covenant for main governing/oversight board and Personal Covenant for Lead Pastor and Governing Board Chair

Full Partners - Congregational Covenant and Personal Covenant for Core Leaders (active pastors and main governing/oversight board)

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Events

Each type of membership includes opportunities to participate in the following Evana events:

-pastor/spouse retreat in January

-family, youth and adult convention the first week of July (held every other year)

-a variety of learning labs and regional equipping meetings

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Targeted Resourcing

Learning labs, learning communities, accelerator groups, and customized coaching bring high quality educational modules to you, focused around specific challenges that church leaders are encountering.  Some will be free, and others will have a variable fee structure based on membership levels.

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Monthly Huddles

Monthly huddles are the basic entry point for Evana's partners. Once churches become partners or affiliate members, they are invited to start or join a regional network. Monthly huddles are small groups of churches that partner together for church planting, community engagement, and leadership development.

Monthly huddles will form around the processes of community mapping, prayer & discernment, and strategic compassion. After the community mapping process is completely, congregations will join together to pray and fast for God’s leading to bring healing to the brokenness they’ve seen. This will then provide the basis for developing a plan for strategic compassion; a plan with real, clear, empowering ways to change the outcomes for those in need of deliverance and freedom.  These plans will include things like church planting and new ministry initiatives housed in the local church.

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Community Mapping

The community mapping process is a careful qualitative and quantitative assessment of your local community that identifies economic, health care, housing, education, and child welfare needs.

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Vital Impact Assessment

The Vital Impact Assessment is designed to help churches measure what matters, both in the church and in the community you are called to reach.  VIA's church survey explores respondents' personal health, quality of relationships, spiritual formation practices, and perceptions of the church.  You can also add questions to your survey.  Once the survey is completed, we conduct a detailed descriptive and predictive analysis of the data and share the results in two primary ways: a church summary and an interactive dashboard.  

For more information, visit Vital Impact Assessment Church Survey >

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Bylaw Changes

Partner congregations will need change their bylaws to require their Core Leaders (main governing board and pastors) to commit to the Personal Covenant. The exact wording is not required, but here is a suggestion for changing the constitution or bylaws to reflect Evana’s requirements for joining.

[Name of Church] desires to affiliate with Evana, an Evangelical Anabaptist Network.  Evana is a ministry community of followers of Jesus Christ with a heart to see lives transformed by the Gospel.  Its vision is to connect and resource leaders to start and strengthen churches from an evangelical Anabaptist perspective.   Affiliation with Evana requires [Name of Church] to commit to Evana’s Congregational Covenant and for [Name of Church]’s leadership to commit to Evana’s Personal Covenant, each of which are attached to [these Bylaws/this Constitution] as Attachments A and B, respectively.   Accordingly, [Name of Church] affirms the Congregational Covenant and also requires all pastoral leaders and members of [name of the governing body that has authority over the pastors] to commit to the Personal Covenant.

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Delegates

Delegates are Evana’s voting body and can only come from Partner Congregations who have completed and maintained all the requirements for joining Evana.  Delegates would also need to meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Pastors active as pastoral leaders in a Partnership Congregation in good standing are all eligible to serve as delegates if they have signed and are upholding the Personal Covenant.

  2. Partnership Congregations in good standing may appoint Delegates, one per 200 average attenders, not to exceed six additional delegates per Congregation. These delegates are in addition to the pastors who are eligible to serve as delegates. Each delegate must sign and uphold the Personal Covenant and must be an active member of the Congregation that appointed them.

  3. If any delegates are not members of Facebook at Work, it will be the responsibility of the other participants in the congregation to forward delegate materials to these individuals in a timely way.


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Regional Networks

Regional Networks are for partner congregations who desire credentialing and other support services typically given by conferences. Regional Networks are led by Regional Pastors who provide these four areas of support:

  1. Care for churches and pastors through prayer and presence as a person with oversight responsibilities.
  2. Credentialing pastors
  3. Conflict management
  4. Calling of new pastors
Congregations that are already affiliated with an existing conference may not be dual-affiliated and receive these specific services from a Regional Pastor.

Since Evana Network was proposed, the question of supportive structures has been an important one. Evana chose to start by emphasizing and building out of movement and challenge, focusing on bringing together evangelical Anabaptist congregations that want to deeply engage with their communities.  Evana will continue with the Partnerships, Core 4 Training and other ways to focus on community engagement. Regional Networks will sit alongside this.

Here are some of the characteristics of these Regional Networks:

  1. Flexible - This is a simple and nimble structure, and Regional Networks and Regional Pastors are free to add other functions as they feel called to do so. It is also a space in which other kinds of local associations can participate, like existing conferences or districts.
  2. Focus - The focus of energy and time for the Regional Pastor is to do care, credentialing, conflict leadership, and calling of new pastors. Evana provides back end support to minimize the administrative load as much as possible to release the Regional Pastor into that work.
  3. Support - Regional Pastors participate in a monthly huddle for mutual support and training. Leaders of other local associations connected with Evana also join and participate in these huddles.
  4. Singular - A congregation cannot have dual-affiliation with two credentialing bodies, whether within or outside Evana. The Regional Pastor’s work is focused around the kinds of things a conference typically provides so it would not be prudent to have dual affiliations in this case.
  5. Covenant - A local congregation must still commit to the covenant to participate in a Regional Network. It would not, however, need to join as a Partner Congregation and engage in the monthly Huddles.
  6. Scale - Regional Pastors would be paid by a percentage-based funding model by the congregations that join. Congregations who desire credentialing would have a 3% requirement with one-half of that amount going directly to supporting the Regional Pastor.

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Credentialing

Preliminary credentialing is the first stage of the credentialing process and is a shared process between the congregation and Evana through a Regional Pastor. During the preliminary stage, the Regional Pastor will have the primary responsibility in determining the candidate’s theological perspective, and the local congregation will have the primary responsibility for assessing the pastor’s spiritual maturity and character. The preliminary designation will be removed once the Regional Pastor has had an opportunity to learn to know the pastor through active involvement in Facebook at Work, participation in Evana events, and engaging in mission with other congregations.

Active Pastors from Partner Congregations. Any congregation that signs up as a Partner Congregation can receive preliminary recognition of an existing license or ordination  once the following steps are completed by the congregation on behalf of the pastor.

  1. Congregation completes the partnership signup process and submits a request for provisional recognition of credentials

  2. Evana does a background check on the pastor.

  3. The pastor fills out the Evana profile and becomes an active contributor.

  4. The congregation submits references from the current credentialing bodies that affirm the credentials are in good standing. If the pastor is not currently licensed or ordained, they will submit three letters of reference from other pastors, other than a family member, affirming the candidate’s character and spiritual maturity.

  5. Arrangements are made for a phone call or face-to-face interview with the Regional Pastor.

  6. Preliminary credentials are granted.

Inactive Pastors or Potential Pastors. Individuals who sense a call to leadership and are not in an active ministry assignment have two ways of receiving credentials through Evana.  The preferred method is that they seek out an internship with a partner congregation and go through steps 1-6 of the process above for active pastors. Once a pastoral placement in a partner congregation is found, preliminary credentials will be granted in partnership with the placement congregation.

If circumstances make it difficult to do an internship at a partner congregation, the focus should be on developing relationships through active involvement as a Facebook at Work member and participation in Evana events.  If there is interest in finding a pastoral assignment, this should be designated on the Evana profile. The pastoral candidate can complete steps 3-5 ahead of time  and steps 1, 2, 6, and 7 will be completed at the time of a pastoral placement.

Retired Pastors. We deeply value and honor retired pastors who participate with Evana. Retired pastors who are members of a partner congregation and affirm the Evana covenant will have their credentials recognized without preliminary status. A retired credential recognizes their ordination status for limited ministry involvement, such as officiating at weddings and funerals. We also value the participation of retired pastors in the life of Evana as an encouragement and prayer support for active pastors.  We will provide access to Facebook at Work at no cost.  One of the pastors from the partner congregation will carry the primary responsibility for retired pastors’ credentials.

  1. An active pastor from the partner congregation accepts this responsibility.

  2. The partner congregation submits the names and email addresses of retired pastors.

  3. The congregation provides references from the previous credentialing body.

  4. The retired pastor fills out the Evana profile. If circumstances make that difficult, a paper covenant can be completed and returned instead.

  5. The retired pastor's ordination is recognized upon condition of their continued membership in a partner congregation and commitment to the Evana covenant.



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