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. Assessing congregational vitality can help focus mission plans to capitalize on strengths and address challenges within congregations. On this page, you’ll find resources that have been created across the ELCA as well as by other sources to help you assess congregational vitality and 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.
Do-it-yourself planning tool well-suited to congregations new to or experienced with mission planning. From the Northwest Synod of Wisconsin.
Narrative step-by-step process for congregations seeking to develop a mission plan for their setting. From the Northwestern Pennsylvania Synod.
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.
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.
Evangelism resource designed to help readers discover God's Story/My Story/Your Story and where they meet. From the Northwestern Pennsylvania Synod.
This missional planning workbook helps congregations begin, develop, review or redefine their unique mission plans. From the Southwestern Minnesota Synod.
Guide outlines a process for developing a congregational Mission plan. for Congregational Mission Planning document. From the Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod.
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.
A model for listening to Scripture. From the Southwestern Texas Synod.
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.
Story Matters helps congregations discover and articulate, in a deep and biblically based conversation, their unique identity and mission.
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.
Paradigm shifts that provide a concrete way of imagining the breadth and depth of congregational renewal. From the Saint Paul Area Synod.
Resource lists provide you with suggestions of how to learn more about mission planning and missional leadership for your ministry.
Resources examining our relationship with one another, focusing on disipleship and community building. From the Montana Synod.
Resources concerning our relationship with God, emphasizing spiritual formation and practice. From the Montana Synod.
Mission planning resource list. From the Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod.
Mission planning resource list.
Resources for exploring our relationship with the world, specifically engaging and serving neighbor and world. From the Montana Synod.