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
IDEAS FOR NEXT STEPS
- 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
IDEAS FOR NEXT STEPS
- 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
IDEAS FOR NEXT STEPS
- 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
IDEAS FOR NEXT STEPS
- 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: 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
- 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
- Reframing Hope
- Reframing Organizations
- Reimagining Collaboration
- 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