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The Elemental Churches Audit System

The Elemental Churches Audit System guides your lay leaders and staff through a multi-faceted review of strengths and opportunities in four key areas: Integrity, Passion, Servanthood, and Imagination. We represent these critical traits, and the balance between them, using the four key elements of Greek philosophy: Earth, Fire, Water, and Air.

Earth / Integrity


Build solid systems and processes.

Fire / Passion


Inspire passionate commitment for the mission of the church.

Water / Servanthood


Form a deep connection to the needs of your surrounding community.

Air / Imagination


Foster creative openness to the future and innovative ministry.


In this brief video, Dr. Tom Thatcher, author of the Elemental Churches Field Guide, describes how the Elemental Churches Audit System works and how your church can benefit from this unique self-guided, team-based learning experience combined with our external analysis.

Different price structures are available; we strive to make our system affordable for any church based on the level of interaction you desire. For pricing, contact us or email info@partnershipadvisors.com.


Four Essentials Every Leader Needs…And Every Church Must Have

by Dave Workman



by Tom Thatcher

Available only through the Elemental Church System Audit.


Becoming A Servant In A Serve-Me World

by Dave Workman

"It’s a new day, and The Outward Focused Life may well revolutionize the way we do church—and life itself"
Bill Hybels

Biblical Principles  •  Objective Analysis  •  Practical Solutions

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Take The Personal Assessment


Start Your Personal Assessment

What's your primary element?—Are you a Fire|Passion leader…or do you lean toward Air|Imagination? Would you see yourself primarily in the Water|Servanthood value…or flowing strong in Earth|Integrity? Take this free assessment and get your results immediately. Your highest total is your dominant elemental leadership strength. Typically, you’ll assess with 2-3 similarly scored elements and one that is obviously lower, which is often your blind spot when it comes situational leadership. More explanation follows the assessment, taken from the book Elemental Leaders: Four Essentials Every Leader Needs…And Every Church Must Have.

Go Deeper


The Elemental Church Assessment and the Rate Your Systems Survey are available as part of the Elemental Church System Audit.

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Who We Are

After pastoring for thirty years and stepping down from leading the Vineyard Cincinnati Church, author, speaker and mentor Dave Workman along with Dr. Tom Thatcher, a long-time professor in the Seminary at Cincinnati Christian University and trainer of hundreds of congregational leaders, created the “Elemental Churches Audit System” to engage church leaders in a process of personal and group reflection to produce recommendations and action steps relevant to their unique context, all in a creative and affordable format.

Dave Workman

Dave Workman

Dave Workman is president of Partnership Advisors, a consulting consortium of leaders devoted to helping churches and nonprofits become healthier and increase impact. He is the author of Elemental Leaders: Four Essentials Every Leader Needs…And Every Church Must Have and The Outward-Focused Life: Becoming a Servant in a Serve-Me World (Baker Books). Dave served on the leadership team at Vineyard Cincinnati megachurch since 1986 and as senior pastor for thirteen years, spearheading initiatives such as the groundbreaking Healing Center—a multimillion-dollar facility offering forty different services to holistically meet the needs of thousands of resource-challenged people every month—and the H20 Nigeria Project that has drilled over one hundred water wells. Dave regularly speaks on leadership development and building outward-focused churches nationally and internationally. He and his wife Anita have been happily married since 1978 and have two married daughters who are both involved in ministry.

Dr. Tom Thatcher

Dr. Tom Thatcher

Dr. Tom Thatcher is Professor of Biblical Studies and Chief Academic Officer at Cincinnati Christian University. As a teacher, Tom has spent more than 20 years in seminary and congregational classrooms leading courses and presentations on Biblical Studies and early Christianity. He has served on numerous research committees in the Society of Biblical Literature, has authored or edited 20 books on the New Testament, edits an academic series of books, and regularly writes mass-market adult curriculum materials. As an administrator, Tom has substantial experience in program review, strategic planning, organizational infrastructure, and outcomes assessment. He recently secured a grant of $1,000,000 to create CCU’s new Center for Church Leadership, a support network for regional congregations and their staff. Tom regularly speaks at academic conferences and a variety of congregational settings. Tom and his wife, Becky (a former public school teacher, children’s minister, and now intervention aid), have been married since 1987 and have two children.

Comprehensive Services

Partnership Advisors also provides expertise and solutions for specific problems and projects, including:

  • Strategic Planning
  • Organization Restructure
  • Leadership Development
  • Executive Search for Paid Staff
  • Succession Planning
  • Marketing and Communications Plans
  • Assimilation and Involvement Planning
  • Discipleship Development
  • Congregation Splits and Mergers
  • Multi-site Program Development
  • Multi-site Program Troubleshooting
  • Relocation Surveys and Planning

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Contact us today for a no-obligation discussion. We look forward to partnering with you!

Office Location

7547 Central Park Boulevard
Mason, OH 45040

Phone: 513-400-4595