EDGE: The Signpost Series
EDGE's Signposts are independent learning opportunities for communities of faith ready to take a change journey, beginning with the first step of assessing your situation and articulating your story and culminating with a review of your changed ecosystem and framework for visioning the future. Look to the 8-part Signpost Series for assistance with (bolded titles currently available).
The Finding Your Place on the Map Signpost contains activities that help a community of faith to:
- Assess its current situation and articulate its story
- Identify and orient the team that will work together on this journey
- Recognize that its experience is part of a larger shift
- Begin to identify both the underlying issues and the shifts required for the journey
The Getting Ready for the Journey Signpost contains activities that help a community of faith to:
- Find out how God is working within it and discern potential next steps on its journey of change
- Tell its story from both the perspective of both the congregation and its wider community, and then place it within God’s larger story of work in the world
- Explore new spiritual practices as a community of faith that deepen its relationship with God
The Travelling Companions Signpost contains activities that help a community of faith to:
- Develop the capacity to initiate and to engage in new relationships in its neighbourhood
- Become aware of what’s happening in the neighborhood and to what it's being called.
- Understand what a good partnership looks like and which ones to explore?
- Decide who might be a neighbour and what it looks like to be a good neighbour?
- Gather its neighbours and unusual suspects into a conversation about common goals and the abundance that everyone involved brings to collectively achieve them.
The Innovation Cohort Signpost contains activities that help a community of faith to:
- Reflect on how innovation is ministry
- Determine the components of a good idea and how to create a good idea
- Consider why church is gifted to do this work (or not)
- Understand the nature of collaboration and its critical role in the process of innovation
- Understand ‘nothing about us without us’ and social justice
- Learn about the stages of an idea and how to get it off the ground
- Learn how to validate a good idea
- Identify where God is in this work and reflect upon Jesus as an entrepreneur (the creative!)
- See new ways to move towards greater justice and identify gifts that make this possibility a reality
The Marketing and Communications Signpost contains activities that help a community of faith to:
- Build out its confidence that its story is worth telling, and practice its storytelling.
- Focus on its offering and grow into its "how" and "what" of the story, recognizing how critical it is to build this skill as a story people
- Incorporate storytelling into qualitative and quantitative pieces of our stories, adding credibility to its work.
The Building Sustainability Signpost contains activities that help a community of faith to:
- Think differently and critically about how it works in relationship to its neighbourhood
- Fill a deep yearning, common in communities of faith across the network, to be relevant in its community and a backbone organization in its neighbourhood as it becomes increasingly vibrant.
- Support the fundamental tools it needs to start along this path
The Future Directions Signpost outlines a dreaming and strategic planning process that help a community of faith to:
- Create a space to discover what might be possible in its context
- Start building the skills that will enable it to flex creative muscles
- Rediscover its purpose, mission, and vision
- Consider its short-term and long-term goals?
- Discuss its strengths and weaknesses?
- Examine opportunities that it might not have considered before
- Take its learning and exploring back to stakeholders?
- Ensure that all contributed ideas truly reflect the direction in which it sees itself moving in the future
- Explore best practices that other communities of faith have found useful as they’ve considered moving in new directions?
"In Case of Emergency" is a an emergency toolkit containing information for communities of faith in crisis looking for quick, easily-implemented tools and strategies to pivot in a new direction (some available with EDGE support and/or coaching), including:
- Learning about the Community and Building Relationships --> Partner and Stakeholder Analysis, Community Round Table, Prayer Walks
- EDGE Educational and Engagement Opportunities --> Cohorts, Idea Day, EDGE Town Hall Discussions
- Other Resources --> Grants, Other Educational Opportunities, Potential Partnerships
Why the Signpost Series?
Flexible --> Signposts may be taken in sequence or as standalone courses, can be started at any time, and completed at your leisure.
Well-Supported --> Perfect for communities of faith looking for a new direction, especially with support from EDGE's other offerings (Curiosity Cohort, Leading Adaptively Cohort, Theory of Change Workshop, Idea Days, Coaching.)
Economical --> Facilitation by an EDGE coach raises the cost of Signposts, but at base none of them are over $100; see individual Signposts for pricing details. If you require a scholarship or you're an Embracing the Spirit Grant recipient, please email email@example.com to talk about payment options.
Bonus Signpost! In Case of Emergency, Part Two - When Communities of Faith Can't Stay Open
EDGE - In Case of Emergency, Part Two
Part 2 of a 2-part Signpost for communities of faith trying to discern next steps after deciding that disbanding or amalgamating are their only options. Please complete Part One of the Signpost before completing this Part!#deepspirituality #stronginfaith