Mission Exploration Process

This process is for congregations at a critical juncture in their life together.  Maybe they’re facing a difficult decision regarding property or staffing. Or they’re in transition between pastors.  The Mission Exploration process is designed to equip congregations to make informed decisions about their future by helping them discern who they are in this moment and where God is leading them.

The six online sessions include activities to fill in a SOAR assessment table. SOAR stands for Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations, and Results. The goal is to determine which Aspirations align with the current Strengths and Opportunities of the congregation: Which of our dreams are we most equipped to pursue?  

Rev. Dr. Marj Funk-Pihl will work via Zoom with a group of leaders from the congregation who will facilitate the following activities:

  • Learn how, and then conduct one on one interviews with the congregation using appreciative questions.

  • Facilitate congregation-wide participation in a value voting exercise using what they discover in the interviews

  • Explore the demographics of the congregation’s neighborhood.

  • Create a Neighborhood Relationship Map to use with the congregation so everyone can discover both where members of the congregation live, and the relationships members already have with community stakeholders.

  • Create and present proposals to the congregation for discussion and consideration.

  • Discuss and implement the Results question: What will it look like when we achieve this aspiration? What are the baby steps we need to take to get there?


Mission Exploration Training

What if you know that many congregations in your synod/diocese need such a process- but they can’t all afford the Mission Exploration process?  How about recruiting a team to train as Mission Exploration Process leaders for your jurisdiction? 

You and a team from your synod or diocese work via Zoom with Rev. Dr. Marj Funk-Pihl to learn how to lead congregations through the Mission Exploration process.  Consider inviting another synod/diocese or two to join you and split the cost!