Sprinter Task Ideas

Small steps lead to big change.

Living into your preferred future involves taking a series of small steps that are directly connected to your desired outcomes and intentions.  Below, you'll find a variety a actionable sprints that take less than 1-3 hours to complete.

Sprints that Support Ministry Initiatives.

Connect

Develop trusting, authentic relationships.
  • Equip people how to invite, welcome & befriend.
  • Begin regularly sharing our life and faith stories.
  • Make God the subject of our conversations.
  • Deepen connections among all generations.

Learn

Explore ways to live and love like Jesus.
  • Demonstrate ways people can practice their faith.
  • Help people list next steps for following Jesus.
  • Equip people to talk about Jesus and their faith.
  • Help people create rituals for forming faith.

Give

Use your time, talents and treasures to serve others.
  • Help people name and embrace their callings.
  • Help people serve at & beyond the church.
  • Help people grow their financial generosity.
  • Help people steward their time, talents & treasures.

Celebrate

Celebrate God's presence in our daily lives.
  • Worship weekly with others online or onsite.
  • Celebrate turning points in life as sacred moments.
  • Create life-giving, faith-forming rituals & traditions.
  •  Make worship a way of life; not just an event.
PHASE 1 | DEVELOP your Vision/Transformation Team (2-3 months)
KEY RESULTS: Recruit and orient your team; introduce your team to the congregation.
  • Survey staff and elected leaders; interview staff and elected leaders; Create SCORE report. 
  • Determine each team member's roles and responsibilities; introduce project management tools.
  • Assemble customized Transformation Toolkit; distribute to leaders.
  • Create Learning for Leaders schedule; schedule email campaigns or blog postings.

PHASE 2 | DISCOVER your ministry context (2-3 months)
KEY RESULTS: Create an Our Congregation & Community Report; share findings with congregation.
  • Conduct interviews and Congregational Vitality Assessments (online survey, focus groups, etc.). 
  • Create a Congregational Soul Script that summarizes the uniqueness of our faith community. 
  • Compile a Community Context Report that summarizes learnings about our local community. 
  • Produce an Our Congregation & Community Report; host listening sessions with members.

PHASE 3 | DISCERN a preferred future (2 months)
KEY RESULTS: Host a visioning retreat to clarify our preferred course, capacities, and culture.
  • Develop a pre-work packet for retreat participants.
  • Facilitate a vision-casting retreat to address core values, primary goals and strategies. 
  • Identify norms and key messages that reflect emerging goals, values and strategies.
  • Write a Vivid Vision narrative describing God’s preferred future for our organization.

PHASE 4 | DESIGN a strategic road map (2 months)
KEY RESULTS: Design a Strategic Plan (Road Map) highlighting key goals, strategies and action steps.
  • Transfer ideas and intentions from visioning retreat to digital road map.
  • Work with staff and Vision Team to develop tasks, timelines and accountability for key initiatives.
  • Meet with elected leaders to review/update lines of authority and timeline for all goals and tasks.

PHASE 5 | DO what matters and DEVELOP better systems (3+ months)
KEY RESULTS: Build better systems that support and sustain transformation efforts.
  • Refine planning, meeting and implementation systems.
  • Refine staffing, structure, leadership development, and decision-making systems.
  • Refine communication strategies, approaches, platforms and practices.


PHASE 1 | DEVELOP your Vision/Transformation Team (2-3 months)
KEY RESULTS: Recruit and orient your team; introduce your team to the congregation.
  • Survey staff and elected leaders; interview staff and elected leaders; Create SCORE report. 
  • Determine each team member's roles and responsibilities; introduce project management tools.
  • Assemble customized Transformation Toolkit; distribute to leaders.
  • Create Learning for Leaders schedule; schedule email campaigns or blog postings.

PHASE 2 | DISCOVER your ministry context (2-3 months)
KEY RESULTS: Create an Our Congregation & Community Report; share findings with congregation.
  • Conduct interviews and Congregational Vitality Assessments (online survey, focus groups, etc.). 
  • Create a Congregational Soul Script that summarizes the uniqueness of our faith community. 
  • Compile a Community Context Report that summarizes learnings about our local community. 
  • Produce an Our Congregation & Community Report; host listening sessions with members.

PHASE 3 | DISCERN a preferred future (2 months)
KEY RESULTS: Host a visioning retreat to clarify our preferred course, capacities, and culture.
  • Develop a pre-work packet for retreat participants.
  • Facilitate a vision-casting retreat to address core values, primary goals and strategies. 
  • Identify norms and key messages that reflect emerging goals, values and strategies.
  • Write a Vivid Vision narrative describing God’s preferred future for our organization.

PHASE 4 | DESIGN a strategic road map (2 months)
KEY RESULTS: Design a Strategic Plan (Road Map) highlighting key goals, strategies and action steps.
  • Transfer ideas and intentions from visioning retreat to digital road map.
  • Work with staff and Vision Team to develop tasks, timelines and accountability for key initiatives.
  • Meet with elected leaders to review/update lines of authority and timeline for all goals and tasks.

PHASE 5 | DO what matters and DEVELOP better systems (3+ months)
KEY RESULTS: Build better systems that support and sustain transformation efforts.
  • Refine planning, meeting and implementation systems.
  • Refine staffing, structure, leadership development, and decision-making systems.
  • Refine communication strategies, approaches, platforms and practices.


Sprints that Support the Development of Ministry Systems.

Lead Well

Create systems for developing leaders and teams. 
  • Equip people how to invite, welcome & befriend.
  • Begin regularly sharing our life and faith stories.
  • Make God the subject of our conversations.
  • Deepen connections among all generations.

Staff  Well

Create systems to select, support and supervise staff.
  • Demonstrate ways people can practice their faith.
  • Help people list next steps for following Jesus.
  • Equip people to talk about Jesus and their faith.
  • Help people create rituals for forming faith.

Manage Well

Create systems to work smarter and faster
  • Help people name and embrace their callings.
  • Help people serve at & beyond the church.
  • Help people grow their financial generosity.
  • Help people steward their time, talents & treasures.

Communicate Well

Create systems to communicate what matters most.
  • Worship weekly with others online or onsite.
  • Celebrate turning points in life as sacred moments.
  • Create life-giving, faith-forming rituals & traditions.
  •  Make worship a way of life; not just an event.
PHASE 1 | DEVELOP your Vision/Transformation Team (2-3 months)
KEY RESULTS: Recruit and orient your team; introduce your team to the congregation.
  • Survey staff and elected leaders; interview staff and elected leaders; Create SCORE report. 
  • Determine each team member's roles and responsibilities; introduce project management tools.
  • Assemble customized Transformation Toolkit; distribute to leaders.
  • Create Learning for Leaders schedule; schedule email campaigns or blog postings.

PHASE 2 | DISCOVER your ministry context (2-3 months)
KEY RESULTS: Create an Our Congregation & Community Report; share findings with congregation.
  • Conduct interviews and Congregational Vitality Assessments (online survey, focus groups, etc.). 
  • Create a Congregational Soul Script that summarizes the uniqueness of our faith community. 
  • Compile a Community Context Report that summarizes learnings about our local community. 
  • Produce an Our Congregation & Community Report; host listening sessions with members.

PHASE 3 | DISCERN a preferred future (2 months)
KEY RESULTS: Host a visioning retreat to clarify our preferred course, capacities, and culture.
  • Develop a pre-work packet for retreat participants.
  • Facilitate a vision-casting retreat to address core values, primary goals and strategies. 
  • Identify norms and key messages that reflect emerging goals, values and strategies.
  • Write a Vivid Vision narrative describing God’s preferred future for our organization.

PHASE 4 | DESIGN a strategic road map (2 months)
KEY RESULTS: Design a Strategic Plan (Road Map) highlighting key goals, strategies and action steps.
  • Transfer ideas and intentions from visioning retreat to digital road map.
  • Work with staff and Vision Team to develop tasks, timelines and accountability for key initiatives.
  • Meet with elected leaders to review/update lines of authority and timeline for all goals and tasks.

PHASE 5 | DO what matters and DEVELOP better systems (3+ months)
KEY RESULTS: Build better systems that support and sustain transformation efforts.
  • Refine planning, meeting and implementation systems.
  • Refine staffing, structure, leadership development, and decision-making systems.
  • Refine communication strategies, approaches, platforms and practices.


PHASE 1 | DEVELOP your Vision/Transformation Team (2-3 months)
KEY RESULTS: Recruit and orient your team; introduce your team to the congregation.
  • Survey staff and elected leaders; interview staff and elected leaders; Create SCORE report. 
  • Determine each team member's roles and responsibilities; introduce project management tools.
  • Assemble customized Transformation Toolkit; distribute to leaders.
  • Create Learning for Leaders schedule; schedule email campaigns or blog postings.

PHASE 2 | DISCOVER your ministry context (2-3 months)
KEY RESULTS: Create an Our Congregation & Community Report; share findings with congregation.
  • Conduct interviews and Congregational Vitality Assessments (online survey, focus groups, etc.). 
  • Create a Congregational Soul Script that summarizes the uniqueness of our faith community. 
  • Compile a Community Context Report that summarizes learnings about our local community. 
  • Produce an Our Congregation & Community Report; host listening sessions with members.

PHASE 3 | DISCERN a preferred future (2 months)
KEY RESULTS: Host a visioning retreat to clarify our preferred course, capacities, and culture.
  • Develop a pre-work packet for retreat participants.
  • Facilitate a vision-casting retreat to address core values, primary goals and strategies. 
  • Identify norms and key messages that reflect emerging goals, values and strategies.
  • Write a Vivid Vision narrative describing God’s preferred future for our organization.

PHASE 4 | DESIGN a strategic road map (2 months)
KEY RESULTS: Design a Strategic Plan (Road Map) highlighting key goals, strategies and action steps.
  • Transfer ideas and intentions from visioning retreat to digital road map.
  • Work with staff and Vision Team to develop tasks, timelines and accountability for key initiatives.
  • Meet with elected leaders to review/update lines of authority and timeline for all goals and tasks.

PHASE 5 | DO what matters and DEVELOP better systems (3+ months)
KEY RESULTS: Build better systems that support and sustain transformation efforts.
  • Refine planning, meeting and implementation systems.
  • Refine staffing, structure, leadership development, and decision-making systems.
  • Refine communication strategies, approaches, platforms and practices.


Sprints that Support "4 D" Design Steps.

STEP 1 | Discover

Discover who we are, and what we have to offer. 
  • Equip people how to invite, welcome & befriend.
  • Begin regularly sharing our life and faith stories.
  • Make God the subject of our conversations.
  • Deepen connections among all generations.

STEP 2 | Dream & Discern

List pathways that point our our preferred future.
  • Demonstrate ways people can practice their faith.
  • Help people list next steps for following Jesus.
  • Equip people to talk about Jesus and their faith.
  • Help people create rituals for forming faith.

STEP 3 | Design

Create road maps for moving forward to guide leaders.
  • Help people name and embrace their callings.
  • Help people serve at & beyond the church.
  • Help people grow their financial generosity.
  • Help people steward their time, talents & treasures.

STEP 4 | Deliver

Do what matters every day to deliver desired results.
  • Worship weekly with others online or onsite.
  • Celebrate turning points in life as sacred moments.
  • Create life-giving, faith-forming rituals & traditions.
  •  Make worship a way of life; not just an event.
PHASE 1 | DEVELOP your Vision/Transformation Team (2-3 months)
KEY RESULTS: Recruit and orient your team; introduce your team to the congregation.
  • Survey staff and elected leaders; interview staff and elected leaders; Create SCORE report. 
  • Determine each team member's roles and responsibilities; introduce project management tools.
  • Assemble customized Transformation Toolkit; distribute to leaders.
  • Create Learning for Leaders schedule; schedule email campaigns or blog postings.

PHASE 2 | DISCOVER your ministry context (2-3 months)
KEY RESULTS: Create an Our Congregation & Community Report; share findings with congregation.
  • Conduct interviews and Congregational Vitality Assessments (online survey, focus groups, etc.). 
  • Create a Congregational Soul Script that summarizes the uniqueness of our faith community. 
  • Compile a Community Context Report that summarizes learnings about our local community. 
  • Produce an Our Congregation & Community Report; host listening sessions with members.

PHASE 3 | DISCERN a preferred future (2 months)
KEY RESULTS: Host a visioning retreat to clarify our preferred course, capacities, and culture.
  • Develop a pre-work packet for retreat participants.
  • Facilitate a vision-casting retreat to address core values, primary goals and strategies. 
  • Identify norms and key messages that reflect emerging goals, values and strategies.
  • Write a Vivid Vision narrative describing God’s preferred future for our organization.

PHASE 4 | DESIGN a strategic road map (2 months)
KEY RESULTS: Design a Strategic Plan (Road Map) highlighting key goals, strategies and action steps.
  • Transfer ideas and intentions from visioning retreat to digital road map.
  • Work with staff and Vision Team to develop tasks, timelines and accountability for key initiatives.
  • Meet with elected leaders to review/update lines of authority and timeline for all goals and tasks.

PHASE 5 | DO what matters and DEVELOP better systems (3+ months)
KEY RESULTS: Build better systems that support and sustain transformation efforts.
  • Refine planning, meeting and implementation systems.
  • Refine staffing, structure, leadership development, and decision-making systems.
  • Refine communication strategies, approaches, platforms and practices.


PHASE 1 | DEVELOP your Vision/Transformation Team (2-3 months)
KEY RESULTS: Recruit and orient your team; introduce your team to the congregation.
  • Survey staff and elected leaders; interview staff and elected leaders; Create SCORE report. 
  • Determine each team member's roles and responsibilities; introduce project management tools.
  • Assemble customized Transformation Toolkit; distribute to leaders.
  • Create Learning for Leaders schedule; schedule email campaigns or blog postings.

PHASE 2 | DISCOVER your ministry context (2-3 months)
KEY RESULTS: Create an Our Congregation & Community Report; share findings with congregation.
  • Conduct interviews and Congregational Vitality Assessments (online survey, focus groups, etc.). 
  • Create a Congregational Soul Script that summarizes the uniqueness of our faith community. 
  • Compile a Community Context Report that summarizes learnings about our local community. 
  • Produce an Our Congregation & Community Report; host listening sessions with members.

PHASE 3 | DISCERN a preferred future (2 months)
KEY RESULTS: Host a visioning retreat to clarify our preferred course, capacities, and culture.
  • Develop a pre-work packet for retreat participants.
  • Facilitate a vision-casting retreat to address core values, primary goals and strategies. 
  • Identify norms and key messages that reflect emerging goals, values and strategies.
  • Write a Vivid Vision narrative describing God’s preferred future for our organization.

PHASE 4 | DESIGN a strategic road map (2 months)
KEY RESULTS: Design a Strategic Plan (Road Map) highlighting key goals, strategies and action steps.
  • Transfer ideas and intentions from visioning retreat to digital road map.
  • Work with staff and Vision Team to develop tasks, timelines and accountability for key initiatives.
  • Meet with elected leaders to review/update lines of authority and timeline for all goals and tasks.

PHASE 5 | DO what matters and DEVELOP better systems (3+ months)
KEY RESULTS: Build better systems that support and sustain transformation efforts.
  • Refine planning, meeting and implementation systems.
  • Refine staffing, structure, leadership development, and decision-making systems.
  • Refine communication strategies, approaches, platforms and practices.


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