Workshop and Guide Journey


GriffithandStJamesA Team of clergy and lay people receive two days on intensive, practical, hands-on training on how growing congregations reach new people.  Topics include:

  • How 1955 strategies no longer work
  • A discussion about where your church is right now
  • How to understand and connect with the community around the church
  • How to re-arrange the pastor’s work week and get him/her out into the community meeting new people
  • How to develop a culture of invitation in the congregation
  • How to deal with resistance and change

Each church team comes out of the weekend with a 6-month plan of Action.

The workshop in followed by a year of implementation alongside a guide, to implement your Action Plan.

Description of the Guiding Conference Calls

Many people often ask:  “Well, what actually happens on guide calls?  What do we talk about?”   While every group is unique, below is a description of what often occurs on pastors’ calls and Team calls.

Pastor’s Calls

What-People-are-SayingThe most important feature of pastors’ calls is “Just in time implementation”; your guide will help your pastor with the issues that are front and center for your church and need timely guidance.

Other issues that often are addressed on Pastors’ calls include:

  • How a pastor’s leadership style impacts their most effective ways of reaching new people.
  • Freeing up 20% of time for networking
  • Networking strategies and how to begin to invite new people
  • The use of time around what is “important” and what is “urgent”
  • Developing more leadership for the church
  • How to deal with resistance

Team Calls

Team Coaching ClusterWhen Teams gather for guide conferences, here are some of the issues often addressed:

  • “Just in time implementation” around issues that are front and center
  • Building allies for this process of reaching new people
  • Developing regular member/guest activities and a culture of invitation
  • How to get out into the community and make connections
  • How to deal with resistance
  • How to celebrate success

The goal of all these calls (and the emails in between calls) is to help you bear fruit in your setting: to make a difference in the lives of people and the community you serve