Posts with the category “reinvent-your-church”

Administering congregational surveys
by Jim LaDoux on September 10th, 2023
By Jim LaDoux As you begin to prepare to launch a congregational survey to create a clear picture of your congregation's current reality and future potential, use the information below to help you developed a detailed plan for promoting the survey, managing the process, and sharing with your congregations the learnings that come out of the survey experience. 1 | Identify WHO will take the survey. ...  Read More
Create a soul script
by Jim LaDoux on July 31st, 2023
By Jim LaDoux Leaders should be able to readily communicate the purpose, priorities and uniqueness of their faith communities to members as well as their neighbors and coworkers. This sample Soul Script provides a template for articulating the uniqueness of your congregation, helping you and other leaders create an “elevator speech” about your congregation.Our PURPOSEOur fundamental purpose is to ...  Read More
Use a scorecard to measure ministry
by Jim LaDoux on June 7th, 2023
By Jim LaDoux It’s important that we evaluate the impact and reach of the ministries we offer so that we know what we should KEEP doing, STOP doing, or perhaps START doing. As church leaders, being good stewards of what God has given us, requires that we must evaluate the value of our existing ministries. When evaluating ministries, we need to gather BOTH quantitative and qualitative information. ...  Read More
Tips for planning a visioning retreat
by Jim LaDoux on May 13th, 2023
By Jim LaDoux Add The purpose of the retreat is to . . .Build trust and community among retreat participants.Share data gathered during the congregational review process.Share Interpretations of the data and along with key findings.Engage participants in exercises designed to reimagine the church's future.Identify the important and urgent items to address first in the visioning process.Form projec...  Read More
Discerning God's intentions for our church
by Jim LaDoux on August 31st, 2022
By Jim LaDoux As leaders of churches, it is easy to get caught up in the day-to-day running of our congregations. We can become so focused on programs and initiatives that we forget to take a step back and discern God's intentions for our church. This is where visioning teams come in. By reviewing what's working and what's not, clarifying our purpose and identity, and rethinking where God is leadi...  Read More
Create ministry road mapS
by Jim LaDoux on May 27th, 2022
INTRODUCING ALDERSGATE’S EMERGING VISIONEarly this year, leaders from Aldersgate UMC assembled a Task Force to envision the congregation’s preferred future and respond to the following questions:·Who are we (identity)?·Who are we called to serve?·What is our primary purpose?·What is God calling us to be and do, right now, as we move forward in faith?STAGE 1: REVIEW - Describe what isOnce the Task ...  Read More
Forming vision teams
by Jim LaDoux on May 25th, 2022
The purpose of a Strategic Vision Team is to inspire a shared vision around God’s preferred future of your faith community that encompasses home and congregational life as well as online settings and engagement with the local and global community. Vision Teams keep the visioning process in front of the congregation by sharing stories and next steps related to the 4-step visioning process that incl...  Read More
Leading focus group interviews
by Jim LaDoux on May 11th, 2022
By Jim LaDoux The first few moments in focus group discussion are critical. The moderator must create a thoughtful, permissive atmosphere, provide ground rules, and set the tone of the discussion. A moderator introduces topics to be discussed, typically in the following order: 1. Welcome participants.2. Share why they were selected.3. Provide an overview of the topics to be discussed.A Sample Scri...  Read More
Listen to your leaders
by Jim LaDoux on April 29th, 2022
“The practice of deep listening is the practice of open inquiry, without assumption or judgement.”― Sharon Weil, ChangeAbility: How Artists, Activists, and Awakeners Navigate Change Active, engaged listening is crucial for reinvention. As we listen to God, each other, and to people in our local communities, we gather information that informs our context for ministry and inspires to greater awarene...  Read More
Reclaim your curiosity
by Jim LaDoux on March 20th, 2022
It’s easy to underestimate the power of curiosity yet I believe that it’s the bedrock of learning, imagination, and innovation. Vibrant Faith highlights the importance of curiosity in our Coaching Schools because it opens people up to new insights and opportunities. It creates space for engaging other people’s experiences and helps us more fully understand the context of our lives. Three things ha...  Read More
Forming vision teams
by Jim LaDoux on March 19th, 2022
“A Visioning Team is a small, cohesive group within an organization that provides leadership throughout the transformation process. It's guided by a capable leader who builds a positive, proactive team, positions its members for maximum impact, monitors progress, reflects on results, and celebrates short-term wins.” THE TEAM'S CHARGEThe purpose of a Vision Team is to inspire a shared vision around...  Read More
Create ministry road maps
by Jim LaDoux on February 18th, 2022
Congregational Vision Teams are charged with creating two types of road maps. A planning road map provides a detailed plan for how the work of the vision team will unfold. This includes the stages of the planning process, the specific tasks the team needs to undertake, who is responsible for each task, and when these tasks will be completed. Listed below is a sample planning road minus the WHO and...  Read More
Reframe your church's future
by Jim LaDoux on January 31st, 2022
The best congregations don’t create members. They create disciples who are passionate about creating more disciples. In Peter Drucker’s book, The Five Most Important Questions, the author helps leaders focus on doing what matters most.  These questions provide a foundation for assessing what you are doing, why you are doing it, and what you must do to improve an organization’s performance. It lead...  Read More
Is your church is stuck?
by Jim LaDoux on January 12th, 2022
Transformational leaders don’t run when they see a need for change. They embrace it and demonstrate the courage needed to navigate the required change. They realize that change happens on a macro-level as well as a micro-level and that change almost ways leads to some level of conflict.  Some leaders have a tendency  to pretend that the status quo isn’t really that bad. Listed below are a few sign...  Read More