DISCOVER HOW YOUR MINISTRIES WORK TOGETHER ("Balance between being separate and close." Peter Steinke)

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(6-Month Consulting Engagement)



Creating a ministry map is a good way to give visual demonstration of the key ministry activities in which your church engages and how these acivities interrelate with merger proposals. In any merger strategic decisions will need to be made; such as, which ministries activities will the proposal invest and grow, keep and contain costs, close or give away, and/or water and harvest. The GISTMinistry Map will assist proposed merger plans during the feasibility study better understand: Gospel impact, financial viability, staffing configuration, cultural dynamics, and governance issues. The visual map will help prompt discussions on how to effectively avoid duplication of efforts and identify creative ministry opportunites. Ministry mapping will help the congregations speak intelligently and honestly about a partnership or merger ministry.


(Add this ministry-mapping assessment to your "IIM Toolbox".)

In "A Change of Pastors" by Loren B. Mead (an Episcopal priest) he describes the time between pastors as one of the most important times in a congregation's life; a pregnant moment, where change toward either healthy or unhealthy change will occur. Using the GISTMinistry Mapping assessment may help a congregation in transition towards healthful transformational change torward present vitability and future sustainability. The mapping process is an effective tool for a congregational self-study. It will lend to the congregation defining who they are, where they are going, and how they hope to get there. The Intentional Interim Ministry (IIM) process is that intentional effort to create a learning environment and, in many cases, "learning to learn" again. The IIM process sets the conditions for the collective congregation to be engaged in organizational learning to promote the sharing of knowledge embedded in pockets of the congration. The IIM process assists individuals in synthesizing their views and understanding current ministry activities in the larger mission. The Gospel Impact and Stewardship Tool (GIST) integrates individual ministries into a collective image to help congregations make those complex decisions necessary to better steward ministry efforts and prepare to call their next settled pastor.

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(1-Day or 2-Day Presentation with a GISTMinistry Map for all attendees.)

The GISTMinistry Map makes a complex congregational system simple by providing a visual map of the congregation's ministry landscape. Putting together a GISTMinistry Map calls for plotting your congregation's core ministry activities according to their relative Gospel impact and financial viability. This can be done in a workshop environment. The hope is by using the GISTMinistry Mapping experience church leaders will realize a sudden clarity on how the congregation's different ministry activities interrelate. Beyond helping leaders better understand each ministries' effectiveness, the GISTMinistry Map can help congregational leaders prioritze which ministries to invest and grow, keep and contain cost, close or give away, and water and harvest. A GISTMinistry Mapping event will assist leaders to be better equipped to align people and ministries in mission.


(Ministry Mapping is flexible and customizable for the local church. Map your ministries in 1 day or 6 months.)


Each step involved in the GISTMinistry Mapping process prompts the members and leaders to reflect on each ministry activity in light of the bigger mission, God's mission. In Survey One, the leaders will consider which activites they will identify as core ministries; that is, where the church spends the majority of their time and resources. Survey Three explores how each ministry aligns with God's mission and the congregation's vision and values. Survey Four evaluates how the congregation has allocated God's resources (e.g., staff time and church budget) to advance each ministry. Having plotted the results of the relative Gospel Impact Survey and Assigning True Cost Survey a picture will emerge of how the ministry activities relate to one another and are in/or out of alignment with the congregaiton's mission. Depending on where a ministry activity is placed on the map, strategic imperatives become explicit and can be placed on the Gospel Imperatives Decision Table