Introducing the LEAD Processes


LEAD provides comprehensive tools for healthy congregations that want to make a commitment to grow deeper in faith and wider in mission. The landscape has changed making it harder than ever to be in congregational ministry. It will take new behaviors to thrive in a changing world. LEAD invites congregational leaders into an intentional journey to learn new behaviors that have had a positive outcome in congregations of all sizes and contexts.

LEAD offers four different 10-step processes to meet the specific needs of your congregation. Each process (see descriptions below) provides a pathway forward, recognizing that every congregation will have a unique destination. Resources, training, and coaching are available to help you successfully move through the process.

Is my church ready? Can we successfully do the Tune In (or another) Process?

We are glad you asked! There are seasons in a congregation’s life that are right for leading transformation. There are also seasons where making changes in the system may be unhelpful, or worse, cause extreme conflict and crisis. Where is your congregation right now?

Take this short quiz to assess your congregation’s readiness to enter into a LEAD process. (Print ready version available here.)

What are the four LEAD Processes?

Click on the titles below to learn more.

Need help choosing the LEAD Process that is right for your congregation? Contact LEAD.

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

The Tune In Process is a ten-step program undertaken by a congregation to listen to God in scripture and prayer, in the congregation, and out in the neighborhood. A Listening Team guides the process which includes periods of active listening followed by reflection.

Regardless of size or geographic context, congregations can utilize the plan to breathe new life into their ministries and deepen their connection to the neighborhood as they follow the Holy Spirit’s call.

Congregations in transition will find the process particularly helpful as they prepare to call a new leader.

The Wake Up Process

Calling people of faith into God’s mission

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

The Wake Up Process is an effort to more fully align our own lives and our congregation’s life with God’s mission. It is an effort to catch up to some of what the Holy Spirit is doing in our changing world and to shape our missional identity.

The Wake Up Guide presents a 10-step program that draws on ancient Christian prayer practices, faithful discernment, and strategic thinking to clarify congregational Core Values and Purpose in alignment with God’s mission. It’s about missional identity formation.

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

The Work Out Process 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.

Working through the process, the team will see God in scripture calling people to expand their understanding of who is welcomed; use history to provide a framework for where we have been and where we are going; and explore shifts from an individualistic way of thinking to a collective way of being.

The Dig Down Process

Calling people of faith into a growth mindset

  • Deepen theology
  • Streamline systems for strategic ministry including staffing and governance
  • Increase commitment and generosity

The Dig Down Process is an adventure in thinking theologically, exploring governance and staffing, and maximizing resources. Making shifts in these three important areas can empower a congregation to move forward in mission. This 10-step Guide is designed for deep thinking and action. Each step includes reading, conversation, and discernment towards the larger goal of evaluating and making changes as needed within the congregation.