The Fall Roadmap

a 7-step process for setting congregational goals – right now

Designed for council, staff and pastors

Are you making adjustments to your vision for 2020 based on the pandemic, or hoping to carve out a clear path for the next few months?

You don’t have to imagine a full year right now. This 2-session Fall Roadmap course will help you focus on the next 100 days.

Think how great you’ll feel in December after launching a few crisp goals in September!

You will leave the Fall Roadmap course with:

  • a short list of actional goals for the rest of 2020
  • online access to the Fall Roadmap tools and resources


Date & Times

Session 1: Thursday, August 20th
9:00 – 10:30am (Central)

Session 2: Thursday, August 27th
9:00-10:30am (Central)

FALL ROADMAP - webinar & online tools



Registration Includes

  • 2 90-minute webinar sessions

  • Online access to the Fall Roadmap tools and resources

Indivdual – $150

Congregation – $200 

(bring up to 3 members of your church leadership)


Fall Roadmap Outcomes

The Fall Roadmap course is a hands-on, digital workshop. During the two webinar sessions, you (and your team, if you’ve brought one) will:

  1. Name 4 values to guide ministry for the next 100 days
  2. Identify immediate stakeholders
  3. Build on current congregational strengths
  4. Set a short list of actionable goals for the rest of the year



Especially during times of uncertainty, it is critically important to set aside time to discern what matters most to you as a congregation within the context of your unique community and to develop goals for moving forward.

At the end of the Fall Roadmap course, you will:

  • Name 4 values to guide ministry for the next 100 days
  • Identify immediate stakeholders
  • Build on current congregational strengths
  • Set a short list of actionable goals for the rest of the year

Why do the Fall Roadmap?

As your congregation looks ahead to the next few months, the Fall Roadmap course provides you and your congregation with the structure, the time, and the support to set actionable goals for the next few months. 

Time is not spent focusing on the overall purpose of the congregation or discerning the congregation’s unique values (or those of the faith formation ministry). While we at LEAD hope you will do that—this course skips over that deeper work in order to create some forward movement.

The Fall Roadmap provides a great starting place that can easily lead to more integrated planning in the future.

How is the Fall Roadmap structured?

The Fall Roadmap is a 7-step prcoess that includes:

  1. Clarifying Values—a quick plan
  2. Identifying Stakeholders—a fresh look
  3. Recognzing Strengths—realistic capacity
  4. Discovering Opportunities—with focus
  5. Naming Aspirations—hope is everything
  6. Setting Goals/Results—forward movement helps
  7. Developing Communication Plan—more important than ever


Does the Fall Roadmap really work?

The Fall Roadmap is based on LEAD’s  highly successful Annual Roadmap. It has been redesigned specifically for this fall.

Read what people have to say about the Annual Roadmap below:

Tammy Jones West-Assistant to the Bishop, North Carolina Synod, ELCA

It’s always good to have a plan and a way to make it happen. The Annual Roadmap gives you both. Plus, it gives congregational councils a way to celebrate the wins. We don’t do that enough. The Annual Roadmap is ready to go with all the pieces. I’m a huge fan of not recreating the wheel. Here’s the wheel.

Pastor Katie Lyon- Christ Lutheran Reading, PA

We did our retreat with LEAD’s annual roadmap yesterday. What a wonderful process. Everyone loved it and said it was the best retreat we have ever done. Thank you so much for providing us with such a great resource. People are excited about the future again. They want to be better at reaching out to the community and thanks to you we now we have concrete ways to get there!

Bishop Sue Briner- Southwestern Texas Synod, ELCA

In the Southwestern Texas Synod, we got a lot of requests from church councils to facilitate their annual council retreat. We decided to use LEADs annual roadmap, and we invited council leaders from different congregations to come together on a Friday night and Saturday to work through the process together. It was so beneficial doing this with clusters of congregations – they learned from each other and drew strength and energy to develop bold goals for the coming year.

set your goals with the fall roadmap!