Introducing the LEAD Journey – Joining God in Mission

THE LEAD JOURNEY provides learning seminars, coaching, and resources for congregational leadership who want to develop new behaviors and tools to join in God’s mission.

LEAD JourneyThe LEAD Journey includes:

  • LEAD Congregational Assessment: a 20 question digital assessment designed to locate your congregation on the Leadership Landscape as a starting place for growth based on LEAD’s Four Growth Indicators: Listen, Center, Explore, and Connect. (Paper version is available.)
  • 3 Two-day Learning Seminars: teaching the Four Growth Indicators as Vital Behaviors, offering workshops for deeper learning and leadership skills, and face to face time with your congregation’s coach to work on a customized plan for building on your assets during the next year.
    • Seminar 1: Introduces your congregational team to the process, to the coach, and to new behaviors that increase success.
    • Seminar 2: Focuses on spirituality of the leader, adds new skills, and shares learning across cohorts.
    • Seminar 3: Celebrates and problem solves to make a strategic plan for the next year or two.
  • LEAD Coaching: meeting with a trained coach to accompany your congregational leadership in completing the customized plan. The coach’s role is to strengthen the success factors on the journey.
  • LEAD’s Action-Research Process: joining your synod and LEAD in a research project to discover best practices with and from others on the same journey across the country.

OUTCOMES FOR THE LEAD JOURNEY

Success includes equipped leaders with deepening faith, capacity to lead adaptive change, and a renewed energy and passion for the Gospel. The real results will depend on your congregation’s commitment to following through and practicing new behaviors.

The LEAD Processes

Listen—The Tune In Process

Calling people of faith into the neighborhood and world

  • Listen to God in scripture, in prayer, in the congregation, and in the neighborhood
  • Shift from inward to outward focus
  • Launch experiments with new learnings

Center—The Wake Up Process

Calling people of faith into God’s mission

  • Clarify congregational purpose and values
  • Align congregation for mission
  • Articulate congregational identity

Connect—The Work Out Process

Calling people of faith into meaningful relationships

  • Create trust to extend hospitality with openness for diversity out of a theological lens
  • Understand history and memories for widening relationship circles
  • Expand comfort zones exploring faith, intersectionality, and diversity

Explore—The Dig Down Process

Calling people of faith into a growth mindset

  • Deepen Christian frame and theology through Bible Study
  • Streamline systems for strategic ministry, includes staffing and governance
  • Increase commitment and generosity

LEAD ASSESSMENT

This digital assessment measures LEAD’s Four Growth Indicators as vital behaviors. This includes a Congregational Overview to be completed by the pastor or council president.

COHORTS

Networked leaders entering into a two to four year journey to transform their congregations through intentional processes. This pilgrimage walks a congregation into their local neighborhood, clarifies purpose and values, seeks to align ministry, explores staffing, governance, and stewardship, and finally connects learning groups, hospitality, outreach, and communication over the course of a few years. You set the pace.

COACHING

Making new behaviors normal takes practice and is faster with a coach. These behaviors are a lot like a workout program—they are easier to commit to if we have a coach alongside us. Think of this as a perfect Continuing Education opportunity. Most leaders admit they seldom use what they learn at conferences but evidence is clear: a coaching session, one hour a month in the midst of your real congregational and personal life, is transformative. This is learning in the context of the ups and downs of ministry, customized for your own goals or using one of our LEAD Processes.

LEARNING SEMINARS

The LEAD Journey includes three strategic seminars.

  • Seminar 1: Introduces the 10-step process identified for your congregation through the LEAD Assessment, makes a coaching plan and launches this experience.
  • Seminar 2: Shares stories, adds leadership skills needed for the 10-step process at the mid-point of year one, and builds intentional faith practices for leaders.
  • Seminar 3: Shares stories, continues to add leadership skills, and results in a strategic plan for the next few years.