The Family Tree is a unique professionally developed instrument that can help you as a leader at start-up

  • Get a picture of the key relationships across the entire organization
  • Identify persons who are the most influential and likely to be informal leaders
  • Discover groups of people who are closely connected to one another but not to the organization as a whole
  • Recognize persons who are the glue, without whom the organization would fracture into disconnected cliques
  • Spot those who appear to be isolated or fragile in their connections to others in the organization

Costs by Attendance for Congregations:

35-149: $415
150-499: $515
500-749: $620
750-999: $750
1000+: $1000

Frequently Asked Questions

Q   What is the purpose of the Family Tree©?

A   Using the Family Tree is like looking at a street map of a city.  Some intersections are large and carry a lot of traffic.  Others are smaller and have only a few cars passing through them.  In the same way, the Family Tree  report provides a map of the relationships within an organization, shows which ones are carrying a lot of information and which ones are connecting just a few people.  Some relationships are one-way; others are reciprocal.  Having these maps helps a leader know how to navigate the relational space of an organization.

Q   How does a leader use the Family Tree?

A.  Churches and other religious organizations find the information provided by the Family Tree to be helpful whenever they are preparing to bring a new leader on board such as a Pastor, Bishop, or Executive.  It takes time for a new leader to meet all the members and even longer to understand how they are connected to one another.  Family Tree familiarizes a new leader with those connections and helps him or her get to know the “family” more quickly.

Q   We have an organizational chart of our organization that shows how people are connected.  What does Family Tree  provide that is different from that?

A   In many situations, there are important informal leaders who do not sit in official positions.  These are not discovered in a formal organizational chart, but often through trial and error.  Family Tree helps orient a new leader to the informal structure of a church or organization in the same way that an organizational chart orients a new leader to the formal structure. 

 Q   Are there any other uses of the Family Tree?

A   Yes, it can be useful in any situation where leaders want to consult with people from every corner of the organization.  This would include preparation for a new search process, strategic planning, or developing a communication strategy.

Q   I’m concerned that members of our organization might not be comfortable sharing who their relationships are with everyone else.

A   The full maps are only shared with the new leader of an organization or with a few leaders who are trying to design a process that is inclusive of all groups.  The only maps that are released to everyone are those that have been stripped of all the names.  It is like looking at a street map without the names of the streets.  The structure can be informative itself, but no one need be uncomfortable.

Q   How might a new leader use the maps provided by the Family Tree?

A   A new leader might use the maps to reach out to those who are isolated.  Or a new leader might try to find ways to connect the Islands to everyone else.  A new leader could use the maps as a way of building consensus on important decisions rather than simply engaging in top down decision-making.

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