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A complete visioning process designed for smaller churches

Thriving Congregations
Initiative

A complete visioning process designed for smaller churches

Maybe it’s a change in the neighborhood. Maybe your congregation is beginning to age out. Maybe you’ve hired a new pastor and are looking for trusted advice as you explore strategies for your next season of vibrant ministry.

But as a smaller congregation, you don’t have the same resources and needs as the larger church across town.

With initial seed money from Lilly Endowment Inc., Leighton Ford Ministries’ Thriving Congregations Initiative is a complete visioning process designed exclusively for smaller churches. Leveraging the power of teamwork, we bring small groups of like-minded churches together in a three-year cohort to help smaller congregations navigate societal change, identify and strengthen their strategies and values, and thrive based on their theological traditions and unique code (DNA).

One size does not fit all

The Thriving Congregations Initiative is not a video series, book club, or off-the-shelf solution. It’s a customized, multi-year consulting relationship designed to help your church identify key strengths, potential roadblocks, and a transformational roadmap built upon your church’s unique foundation.

Typically, three to four churches from the same region and with compatible denominational/theological backgrounds join together in a cohort led by one of LFM’s experienced ministry advisors. The initiative includes regular coaching sessions, on-site retreats, and step-by-step guidance.

To learn more, please visit LFM’s Transforming Church: A Visioning Roadmap Page.

Affordable and flexible

We understand church budgets! All of LFM’s coaches, advisors, and consultants have served on the pastoral staff.

The Thriving Congregations Initiative was launched with the realization that small churches in need of visioning and strategic planning support often don’t have room in the budget. We would be honored to explore several options with you:

  • Grant-funded cohorts
  • Denominational or association-funded cohorts
  • Self-funded cohorts (costs shared by each church, reducing the cost by up to 75%)

If you are interested, please don’t let funding stop you from starting the conversation. Let us know of your interest, join us in exploring options, and then pray with us for the right opportunity.

If you are interested, please don’t let funding stop
you from starting the conversation.

Let us know of your interest, join us in exploring options, and then pray with us for the right
opportunity.

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