Review | Rethink | Reinvent

Reinvent Your Church . . . everyday!

Vibrant, fruitful, growing congregations create a cycle of ongoing innovation and reinvent. It's a Spirit-driven process that involves asking powerful questions, the art of noticing, a willingness to experiment and prototype possibilities, and learn from our results. This training address reinvention from the mindset of discerning and developing a strategic vision and as a process embed reinvention into our daily lives and routines.  Join the conversation, share your wisdom, and learn from others.


  • Define your purpose.
  • Rank your priorities.
  • List your passions.
  • Note your trajectory
  • Know your why.
  • Review your scorecard.
  • Assess staff & structure.
  • Assess leadership.
  • Assess communications.
  • Obtain member feedback.
  • Obtain community feedback.


  • Start "what iffing" your norms.
  • Connect "why' with what you do. 
  • Combine or infuse rather than add.
  • Embrace simplicity as a value.
  • Make reviewing results your norm.
  • Measure impact & reach for all activities. 
  • Develop your leaders.
  • Raise the bar on membership.
  • Introduce new norms/practices.
  • Design better meetings.
  • Ask more questions, more often.


  • Share Kotter's change article.
  • Connect whats to whys.
  • Start sharing your stories.
  • Create 1-page ministry plans.
  • Assign individuals to projects.
  • Help teams set bifocal goals.
  • Set faithful next steps.
  • Learn from your results.
  • Know why change efforts fail.
  • Amp up your storytelling.
  • Set quarterly vision events.

1 | FORM a visioning team

  • Create job descriptions for team members.
  • Establish criteria and process for selecting vision team members.
  • Assign roles to individual members.
  • Commission vision team members.
  • Position members for greatest impact.
  • How often do your leaders dream?
  • Who are your primary vision casters?
  • How far into the future do you dream?
  • Who is invested in your present & future mission?

2 | Define your reality

  • Conduct a congregation-wide survey.
  • Review the church's current mission, vision, and values.
  • Gather information about the church's history.
  • Interview members and community leaders.
  • Review programs and ministry activities.
  • Create a roster of current ministry leaders.
  • Gather current data regarding local demographics.
  • Does your church have a current strategic plan?
  • What's the status of your ministry teams/committees?
  • What's working? What's not working?
  • What's for process for onboarding members? Leaders?
  • Are we staffed for the past, present, or future?
  • List expectations you have for members.

3 | Rethink what's possible

  • Complete Celebrate, Tweak, Add & Delete exercises.
  • Compile a Ministry Site Profile base on info gathering during step 2.
  • Host a visioning retreat to develop an emerging vision.
  • Assembling short-term teams to create one-page ministry maps.
  • Share emerging vision with members; schedule focus groups.
  • What prevents people from befriending others?
  • What norms can be create help people befriend?
  • Is it safe for people to let their guard down?
  • Do your leaders regularly befriend?
  • Which church events are idea for befriending?

4 | Create annual road map

  • Create a 4-page plan summarizing goals, strategies and steps.
  • Address staffing and structural issues to be addressed in year 2.
  • Align committees, teams and task forces with purpose and priorities.
  • Develop infrastructure plan to support ministry goals.
  • Set & celebrate short-term milestones; communicate progress to members.
  • Where can members access information about our plans?
  • How will we sharing our findings and successes with others?
  • Have we built feedback loops into planning processes?
  • How often will we review and update our plans?
  • Who will be the keeper of our plans?
  • How will we hold each other accountable?

TOOLS to try

VIDEOS to watch

BOOKS to read

  • Advanced Strategic Planning
  • Agile Engagement
  • Agility Shift
  • Analog Church
  • Be Mean about the Vision
  • Beyond Maintenance to Mission
  • Beyond the Idea
  • Beyond the Prototype
  • Black Box Thinking
  • Building the Bridge as You Walk on It
  • By Design or Default
  • Change
  • Change: How Organizations Achieve Hard to Imagine Results in Uncertain and Volatile Times
  • Change and Conflict in Your Congregation
  • Change the Culture, Change the Game
  • Change Your Church for Good
  • Changing the Conversation
  • Charting Change
  • Choosing Change
  • Church Leadership Essentials
  • Church Leadership
  • Church Revitalization Checklist
  • Church Transfusion
  • Church Unique
  • Clarity First
  • Cracking Creativity
  • Cracking Your Church's Culture
  • Creating Your Church's Culture
  • Discerning God's Will Together
  • Discerning Your Congregation's Future
  • Disruption
  • Doing Action Research in Your Own Organization
  • Doing the Math of Mission
  • Dream Big, Think Small
  • Everywhere You Look
  • Holy Conversations
  • How to Thrive in Chaos
  • Kingdom Innovation for a Brave New World
  • Leveling the Church
  • Making Shifts without Making Waves
  • Making the Shift Field Guide
  • Mapping Innovation
  • Memories, Hopes, and Conversations
  • Missional Renaissance
  • Missional Worship, Worshipful Mission
  • Navigating the Future
  • Nine Marks of a Healthy Church
  • Open Source Church
  • Paid to Think
  • Pursuing God's Will Together
  • Quietly Courageous
  • Re: Vision
  • Recreating the Church
  • Reframation
  • Reframing Hope
  • Reframing Organizations
  • Reimagining Collaboration
  • Renew
  • Sailboat Church
  • Shift 2.0
  • Shift: Three Big Moves for the 21st Century Church
  • Start This Stop That
  • Strategic Planning: A Pragmatic Guide
  • Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard
  • Ten Types of Innovation
  • The Agile Church
  • The Anticipatory Organization
  • The Creativity Leap
  • The Five Faces of Genius
  • The Five Most Important Questions
  • The Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations
  • The Four Lenses of Innovation
  • The Gathered and Scattered Church
  • The Kingdom Connected
  • The Power of Asset-Mapping
  • The Power of Moments
  • The Post-Quarantine Church
  • The Practice: Shipping Creative Work
  • The Road to Better Habits
  • The Shaping of Things to Come
  • The Strategy Visioning Workshop Journal
  • Thriving Communities
  • Transformational Church
  • Transforming Congregational Culture
  • What Got You Here Won't Get You There
  • Whole Church: Leading from Fragmentation to Engagement

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