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

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).

Signpost #1 - Finding Your Place on the Map

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

Signpost #2 - Getting Ready 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

Signpost #3 - Travelling Companions

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.

Signpost #4 - Innovation Cohort

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

Signpost #5 - Marketing and Communications

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.

Signpost #6 - Building Sustainability

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

Signpost # 7 - Future Directions

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
Part 1
Part 2

"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 edge@unitedchurch.ca to talk about payment options.