This Gospel Impact and Stewardship Tool (“GISTMinistry Mapping”) addresses congregational stewardship deficits from a systems perspective, with a shared-stewardship imperative for all leaders and members of a congregation, instead of focusing stewardship on the individual in isoloation. The GIST Ministry Map provides a visual picture of how individual ministries are interconnected. The GIST visual ministry mapping process can help improve strategic decision-making so that a congregation may better partner in the mission of God to make disciples and to seek and save the lost. Through a “dual bottom line” (Gospel impact and financial data) the GIST can help align core ministry efforts for the advancement of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Ministry mapping is a quick, easy, and very effective way to see what your ministries are really doing in relation to each other. Ministry mapping enables leaders to monitor (steward) ministry alignment with the congregation's mission. The mapping process is intuitive. The visual map will foster healthy conversations. 



  • Provide a pathway for congregations and non-profits to speak intelligently and honestly about stewardship challenges and opportunities.
  • Prompt discussions on how to effectively address the stewardship problems in a comprehensive and integrated manner.
  • Motivate leaders and ministry teams to partner and collaborate in ministry.
  • Depending on where a ministry activity is placed on the map, identify Gospel imperatives; that is, which ministries to grow ("The Star"), contain costs ("The Heart"), increase impact ("The Money Tree"), and close or give away ("The Stop Sign").
  • Align resources according to God's mission and the ministry vision.
  • Encourage church and ministry team partnerships to adopt, as routine practice, the use of the Gospel Impact and Stewardship Tool (GIST) in monitoring and reporting mission progress.
  • Assist leaders in formulating ministry descriptions for church workers and lay leaders based on insights from the "true cost" data worksheets.
  • Encourage the emergence of new leadership.
  • Create spiritual growth opportunities.
  • Develop strategies to promote ministry partnerships.
  • Clarify and promote minstry, staffing, and lay-ministry alignment with the congregational mission, vision, and core values.
In summary, the ultimate desired outcome will be improved participation in God's mission to feed the sheep and reach the lost without borrowing against future generations.