Mission Planning

As people of faith, we trust that God is doing a new thing in the world and we long to be part of this work. Mission planning is the process of discovering how your congregation is called to live as the body of Christ. Equipping congregations to create mission plans is one of the highest priorities of our church. On this page, you’ll find resources that have been created across the ELCA as well as by other sources to help your ministry create a mission plan that fits your gifts and context.

Do-it-yourself tools help your ministry dig into the work of mission planning. These resources include study guides, tools for exploring Scripture in conjunction with congregational mission and processes for developing your own mission plan.

Adaptations of 1-to-1's

How-to resource provides 6 practical ways to use one-to-one relational meetings as part of an intentional listening campaign.

Adaptations of 1-to-1's

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Beyond Our Doors

Do-it-yourself planning tool well-suited to congregations new to or experienced with mission planning. From the Northwest Synod of Wisconsin.

Beyond Our Doors

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Building a Mission Table

Narrative step-by-step process for congregations seeking to develop a mission plan for their setting. From the Northwestern Pennsylvania Synod.

Building a Mission Table

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Congregation Life Cycle Question

Self-assessment tool that assists congregations in thinking about their place in the life cycle and invites reflection in identifying the challenges and opportunities for mission from that place. From the Northwest Minnesota and Eastern North Dakota Synods.

Congregation Life Cycle Question

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Discovering Approaches to Mission

One-page workshop that connects a congregation's mission to context to create a vision and strategies for moving forward. From the Northwest Washington Synod.

Discovering Approaches to Mission

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Front Porchin' Workbook

Evangelism resource designed to help readers discover God's Story/My Story/Your Story and where they meet. From the Northwestern Pennsylvania Synod.

Front Porchin' Workbook

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Growing Congregational Vitality

This missional planning workbook helps congregations begin, develop, review or redefine their unique mission plans. From the Southwestern Minnesota Synod.

Growing Congregational Vitality

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Guide to 1-on-1 Conversations

Basic background and techniques in conducting one-to-one relational meetings.

Guide to 1-on-1 Conversations

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Manual for Congregational Mission Planning

Guide outlines a process for developing a congregational Mission plan.  for Congregational Mission Planning document. From the Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod.

Manual for Congregational Mission Planning

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Process for Discerning Purpose Statement

An outline rooted in prayer and Bible study for helping congregations discover and put words to a purpose statement for participating in God's mission. From  the Northwest Minnesota and Eastern North Dakota Synods.

Process for Discerning Purpose Statement

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Read, Reflect and Respond Bible Study

A model for listening to Scripture. From the Southwestern Texas Synod.

Read, Reflect and Respond Bible Study

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Season for Prayer and Renewal

Resource provides flexible options to facilitate prayer, reflection and conversation around living out God's purpose. From the Northwest Minnesota and Eastern North Dakota Synods.

Season for Prayer and Renewal

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Some Basics for Evaluating

This paper provides some basic pointers for evaluating a ministry. Used with other simple evaluation tools it will help you ask key questions to get the most out of a time of evaluation.

Some Basics for Evaluating

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Some Basics for Planning

This paper with corresponding worksheet is designed to provide some basic pointers for planning. It will help you to identify concrete tasks needed to accomplish goals and outcomes.

Some Basics for Planning

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Story Matters

Study designed to help congregations discover and articulate, in a deep and biblically based conversation, their unique identity and mission.

Story Matters

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Essential background resources help you and your congregation think about mission planning and explore what’s needed to develop a mission plan for your ministry.

Guiding Principles for Mission Planning

Six Guiding Principles shape mission planning efforts.

Guiding Principles for Mission Planning

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Marks of a Missional Congregation

Conversation starter to think about mission planning.

Marks of a Missional Congregation

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Model for Thinking About Mission

Discern God's mission by examining identify, context and purpose through 3 great listenings.

Model for Thinking About Mission

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Paradigms for Mission Renewal

Paradigm shifts that provide a concrete way of imagining the breadth and depth of congregational renewal. From the Saint Paul Area Synod.

Paradigms for Mission Renewal

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Worship and Mission

One-page paper examines the mutuality of worship and music in congregational life.

Worship and Mission

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Resource lists provide you with suggestions of how to learn more about mission planning and missional leadership for your ministry.

Deep

Resources examining our relationship with one another, focusing on disipleship and community building. From the Montana Synod.

High

Resources concerning our relationship with God, emphasizing spiritual formation and practice. From the Montana Synod.

Missional Leadership Books

Augsburg Fortress resources related to missional leadership.

Missional Leadership Books

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Resources for Going Deeper

Mission planning resource list. From the Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod.

Resources for Going Deeper

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Web site Links

Mission planning resource list.

Web site Links

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Wide

Resources for exploring our relationship with the world, specifically engaging and serving neighbor and world. From the Montana Synod.


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