Calling people of faith into meaningful relationships


is a ten-step program undertaken by a congregation to accompany leaders as they deepen their theological understanding, expand relationships beyond their comfort zones, and recognize the gifts, resources, assets, and humanity of all people. A Connecting Team will lead the process in the congregation by first moving through the steps themselves and then preparing to lead others in small groups through the Work Out Experience.

The 3 units include:

  • Thinking Theologically – seeing God in scripture calling people to expand their understanding of who is welcomed
  • Looking Back to Move Forward – using history to provide a framework for where we have been and where we are going
  • Sacred Interdependence – exploring shifts from an individualistic way of thinking to a collective way of being

LEAD offers these FREE resources, training, and coaching to help congregations successfully move through the process.

LEAD offers the following resources, trainings, and coaching for the Work Out Process that can be customized for your unique context.

Work Out guide

  • step by step timeline for the Work Out Process
  • detailed explanations for each of the ten steps
  • training activities
  • Bible studies
  • questions for listening and reflection
    and more

Online training by a LEAD coach

  • to equip the Connecting Team facilitator and the pastor to lead the Work Out Process

Coaching with experienced coaches

  • to accompany your congregation through the process

Congregational Assessment

  • also available separately

Work with LEAD to design a package to meet your specific needs.

By committing to the Work Out Process, you are making the decision to listen to and follow God into the future.

Individual copies of Work Out: An invitation to connect
 are available for purchase from Amazon.


tuning in to God’s call, to God’s mission, doing justice in our own
neighborhood and the

The Tune In


waking up to a deeper relationship with God, purposeful community, and our own identity

The Wake Up Process


digging down beneath the surface to ask questions, opening our mindset to create systems that reflect God’s love

The Dig Down Process