What if your next big step toward impact and effectiveness has been under your leadership team's nose all along?

Let’s face it: leading a church is not for the faint-hearted. There’s no shortage of roadblocks, whether it's plateauing, staffing, mission drift, leadership development, financial stress, succession or any other host of challenges. You’re not alone: according to recent surveys, over half the pastors in the U.S. find the job overwhelming.

That’s why we developed The Elemental Churches Inventory. The Inventory is a revolutionary web-based assessment system that combines individual and team learning through online tools and videos with sage coaching. It not only gives a focused snapshot of where you are, but provides a comprehensive report with recommended action steps that can be turned into your strategic plan. It’s a roadmap that's based on your own uploaded reports, assessments, and surveys as you and your team work through the personal and group exercises.


The Elemental Churches Inventory

The Elemental Churches Inventory guides your leadership team through a multi-faceted review of strengths and opportunities in four vital elements of your church’s life: Integrity (systems, processes, infrastructure), Passion (commitment to the mission), Servanthood (outward-focus), and Imagination (innovation, openness to change) using the Earth, Fire, Water, and Air metaphor. And because of its unique web-based approach, it’s a third of the cost of typical consulting!

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.


The complete Elemental Churches Inventory is seriously affordable. No kidding.

We believe that with the right tools, pastors can take their staff and key volunteers through a team-based, self-guided organizational-development curriculum that is transformational. The Elemental Churches Inventory guides leadership teams through a thorough online inventory of church health in dialogue with us. Combined with our interactive analysis, church leaders receive an in-depth report complete with recommendations and action steps.

From the beginning, our dream has been to provide high quality coaching/consulting at a price the average church can afford. Our mission is simple: To help your church grow as healthy and effective as God intends.

What Other Leaders Are Saying…


“Our time and money invested in an evaluation with Elemental Churches was well spent. The recommendations at the end of the process were spot on to give us a clear path forward in pursuing our stated mission. Partnership Advisors is an economical and effective consulting group who offer a wealth of insight and experience to move your church forward.” ~Bart Steever, Senior Pastor Parkside Christian Church (600 attendance)

“This has been an excellent process, informative, revealing and has given us a great way forward as a team and church.” ~John Wright, Senior Pastor and Vineyard UK National Director, Trent Vineyard Church, Nottingham UK (1700 attendance)

“Working with Partnership Advisors has been a tremendously helpful experience. Through their insights, observations and coaching we were able to better identify barriers to growth and create an action plan to address them. We would recommend them to any organizational leader who wants to not settle for the status quo.” ~Jonathan Bricker, Executive Pastor Indianapolis IN (1200 attendance)

“(The Elemental Church Inventory) has been a very valuable process…we could have used this 15 years ago.” ~Nathan Hardesty, Senior Pastor Bridgetown Church of Christ (250 attendance)

“I would describe our partnership more as a cooperative friendship with a true practitioner who understood us and asked real questions in order to lead us to real solutions.” ~Paul Baldwin, Executive Pastor Miami Florida Vineyard Church (2500 attendance)

“Dave Workman has been around the block . . . The four elements that he describes in his helpful book are insightful and useful. I'm thankful he is helping all of us to be better leaders.” ~Brian Tome, Senior Pastor Crossroads Community Church (22,000 attendance)

“Elemental Churches was a Godsend! Our staff is excited about future possibilities, and even though the work will be demanding, we are looking forward to the challenge. God bless you and Elemental Churches as you work with other churches in our city, our country and across the pond. We look forward to working with your leadership team again in the future.” ~Matt Holman, Senior Pastor Landmark Baptist Church (500 attendance)


FOCUS: The Ultimate Strategic Planning Tool…Disguised as a Game

A unique, “strategic-planning-in-a-box” experience for your church leadership team! With cleverly designed, self-facilitating exercises, your team will go through a one-day process that creates a 12-to-24 month strategic plan to move your church forward. See it in action at FocusStrategyGame.com.



Four Essentials Every Leader Needs…And Every Church Must Have

by Dave Workman


ELEMENTAL CHURCHES Inventory Field Guide

by Tom Thatcher

Available only through the Elemental Church Inventory.

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.

This is a comprehensive assessment and will take about 15 minutes.

Go Deeper


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

Contact us for more information.

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 Inventory” 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. 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 Dean of the Russell School of Ministry and Cincinnati Bible Seminary and professor of Biblical Studies. 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.


Al Buchweitz

Dr. Tom Thatcher

Al's experience is a unique blend of pastoral leadership and church-planting as well as innovative entrepreneurial endeavors in the marketplace. After graduation from Wheaton, Al planted churches in Boston and Chicago and later served on the executive team at Vineyard Cincinnati Church during a time of explosive growth, overseeing the development and management of Assimilation, Communications, Outreach and Celebration Support.

In the marketplace, his roles included sales and partnerships for LexisNexis and sales and facilitation for Building Healthy Teams Curriculum, Open Mentoring & Leadership/Innovation Simulations at Triple Creek Associates. Al owns several patents, has created brands and successfully launched three unique product lines.

Al's catalytic role with Partnership Advisors is shaping the organization's growth through networking, relationships with individual churches, movements, denominations, alliances, product messaging, and marketing strategies.

Al and his wife Stephanie live in Liberty Township, Ohio and enjoy a full life with seven children, three sons-in-law, Jack the dog, and life in the community of Crossroads Church in Cincinnati, Ohio.


Comprehensive Services

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

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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