The FaithX Project

Helping Congregations Survive and Thrive in Turbulent Times

aka FaithX Strategic Missional Consulting   |   Germantown, MD   |  www.faithx.net

Mission

Helping faith communities survive and thrive in turbulent times through data-grounded discernment, missional opportunity assessment, and missional strategy development. FaithX serves all congregations and faith-based organizations, without regard to denomination or religion.

Ruling year info

2017

Executive Director

Rev. Kenneth W. Howard

Main address

9 Liberty Heights Court

Germantown, MD 20874 USA

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EIN

81-4488713

NTEE code info

Single Organization Support (X11)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

Nonprofit Management (S50)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In order to effectively engage the rapidly changing neighborhoods they serve in turbulent times, congregations (and the judicatories that support them) must develop the capability to rapidly learn the story of those neighborhoods and the people who live in them, in order to rapidly and experimentally develop adaptive strategies to address neighborhood needs and aspiration.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

FaithX Strategic Missional Consulting

+Missional Consulting for faith-based communities and the organizations that support them, specializing in data-grounded missional assessment and strategy development, strategic missional opportunity forecasting, congregational vitality and sustainability analysis, congregational and community development and redevelopment, and leadership transition.

+Coaching, conferences, and training for faith leaders related to the above topics.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Books and other publications dealing with the future of faith communities and organizations, including conflict transformation.

Population(s) Served
Adults

+Original and curated research dealing with emergent issues affecting religion, faith, and faith-based communities.
+Socio-Historical Examination of Religion and Ministry (SHERM Journal): a biannual, not-for-profit, free peer-reviewed academic journal that publishes the latest social-scientific, historiographic, and ecclesiastic research on religious institutions and their ministerial practices.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Academics

The official blog of FaithX (subscribe from our website or Facebook page.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Donation-based scholarships to partially underwrite the cost of consulting, coaching and other services for faith leaders and the-based communities and organizations they serve.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Datastory 2017

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of downloads of the organization's materials and explanations

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Ethnic and racial groups, Religious groups

Related Program

FaithX Publishing

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of accolades/recognition received from third-party organizations

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

FaithX Strategic Missional Consulting

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is a cumulative metric. – 7 new accolades (as of Aug 2021): Total 22

Number of multi-year contracts received

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, Religious groups, Adults

Related Program

FaithX Strategic Missional Consulting

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Ethnic and racial groups, Religious groups

Related Program

FaithX Strategic Missional Consulting

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Webinars

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Religious groups, Adults, Ethnic and racial groups

Related Program

FaithX Strategic Missional Consulting

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Congregations, Judicatories, and Denominations

Number of organizational partners

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Religious groups, Adults, Ethnic and racial groups

Related Program

FaithX Strategic Missional Consulting

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2021 partners (6 to date) currently include: Datastory, Episcopal Church Foundation, Esri, Gathering of Leaders, Journal of Socio-Historical Examination of Religion & Ministry, Jubilee Impact Fund

Number of blog posts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Religious groups, Ethnic and racial groups

Related Program

FaithXperimental Blog

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2020: 78 on FaithX blog, 26 on Episcopal Church Foundation blog

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

FaithX helps congregations survive and thrive in turbulent times by providing them with data-grounded tools and strategies for rapid, deep, and thorough assessment of neighborhood needs, aspirations, and missional opportunities, as well as their own vitality, sustainability, and resources, and rapidly prototype adaptive missional strategies.

We use tools such as MapDash for Faith Communities (by Datastory) and our own Congregational Vitality Assessment and strategic missional planning process to help congregations and judicatories better understand their neighborhoods and themselves, so the they can ground their experience-based intuitive discernment in demographic and analytic data.

One problem we face is that the congregations who need our data-grounded discernment services the most (small congregations) can afford them the least.

In response, we have made our Congregational Vitality Assessment tool available free to all congregations, and do some limited fundraising to "scholarship" some congregation. To donate to our small church scholarship fund: http://faithx.net/donate

But because our ability to fundraise is limited, we are seeking partnerships with foundations that can underwrite some of the costs to small congregations. To inquire about partnerships with your foundation or organization, contact us at: [email protected]

Our consultants each have more than 25 years experience in ministry development, congregational redevelopment, consulting, coaching, research, and resource development. We employ tools and strategies not available elsewhere.

We are now addressing issues of vitality and sustainability in more than 30 denominations, more than 70 judicatories, and more than 500 congregations. Our plan to make these services more broadly available both in ecumenical and interfaith contexts.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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The FaithX Project

Board of directors
as of 9/3/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Rev. Kenneth Howard

The FaithX Project

Term: 2016 - 2020

Darren Slade

The FaithX Project

Jonathan Howard

The FaithX Project

David Maglott

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 09/03/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability