MINISTRY SUPPORT Ministry Clarity We believe in an intentional and continual devotion to seeking God’s will for ministries. For our partners, this often means beginning with our Ministry Clarity process where we assist you in discerning God’s vision for your congregation.

The path to clarity varies for each church, but our end goal is clear: Your leadership is confident in the path and purpose God has lain before them.
HELPFUL DOCUMENTS GET STARTED

  2 Months

Discovery

Every partnership begins with discovering the opportunities God has laid before your congregation and designing custom solutions that work for you. Our Discovery process brings your DVP and a support process consultant to both learn about your ministries and present what we offer as your ministry partner. Whenever possible, this is done in person with your congregation’s called and elected leaders. A one-day visit includes a ministry and facility tour and a presentation by your LCEF team.

GOAL
You understand what LCEF offers as your ministry partner.

  3 Months

Visioning

Visioning is a facilitated process to discover God’s vision for your people. It often is the first process for congregations because it honors the truth that God gathers congregations for His purposes. The result of this ten-week process is a clear and concise vision statement that answers the question: God, who do You say we are? This gives your congregation its identity and purpose, which drives everything you do.

GOAL
Your congregation knows God’s vision for them and is inspired to pursue it.

  3 Months

Ministry Planning

Traditionally a clarity process would include strategic planning. While effective in some instances, LCEF employs a different approach where we equip the leaders of a congregation to be the strategic planners as we build the first iteration of the plan. This will create a strategic plan that is dynamic and continually evaluated and updated by the people called to lead the ministries, not an outside consultant. Our Ministry Planning process includes leadership training, Ministry Planning tools development and a facilitated creative session that both models the Ministry Planning process and creates the first plan.

GOAL
Your leaders are equipped to lead your congregation and generate a dynamic strategic plan to move ministries forward.

  3 Months

Campus Master Planning

“Facilities Facilitate.” This simple phrase guides our work with congregations looking to match their facilities to their current and future ministries.

GOAL
Your congregation has a Campus Master Plan that works to match your facilities to your ministries.

  3 Months

Financial Planning

Just as “facilities facilitate,” finances facilitate. In our process of clarity, we first want your leaders to have a solid understanding of current finances and be working with modern tools and practices. Then as ministry plans come together, a clear financial plan is built leveraging annual offerings, special accounts, endowments, planned capital campaigns and the loan resources of LCEF.

GOAL
Your leaders have a clear vision of your congregation’s financial future in support of your ministries.

  3 Months

Communication

As the clarity process comes to a close, our final goal is to support your communication of findings and plans to your congregation. Solutions will vary and can include designing sermon series, forums, and special presentation events. When applicable, we help bring together a final presentation for your voters assembly so that together your congregation can step forward with confidence.