When discussing what to do next in a ministry area, these discussions often sound much like previous conversations. A way of changing the dynamic is to ask the group (or, even better, divide and use multiple groups) to pretend that they are consultants engaged by the congregation to do an analysis of the ministry topic at hand. They are to prepare a response to this question:

Given what you have learned about our church, what are your most objective observations and what are your best recommendations for the next steps our church might take?


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Ian Urriola