Vision Co-Labs for Pastors
In most situations, it should be your lead pastor or a pastoral staff member appointed by your lead pastor.
In some cases, it can be a lay leader who has a heart for the church, the confidence of the pastoral team, and would be a capable facilitator of the Vision Team meetings.
There are seven to eight Vision Team meetings, and many churches meet during the school year.
However, with careful planning it can be started any time of the year.
Anticipate 3-4 hours of advance preparation and 2-3 hours in follow up for most sessions.
Your fees include scheduled phone consultations between training days.
Also included are as-needed phone consultations during the training period and for 1-year after the training ends.
A virtual Co-Lab is $1,500 per participant. This is less than the cost of a 3-hour seminary class but equivalent in classroom time.
Please contact us for a quote regarding denominational and association on-site Co-Labs.
Payment Schedule & Refund Policy
A 50% deposit is due with the submission of the signed contract.
The remaining 50% will be billed 30-45 days prior to the start of the first training day and is due within 14 days of receipt of the invoice.
Payments are non-refundable, except when Navigating Church Vision cancels the cohort.
In a larger church, the entire Vision Team might be comprised of pastoral staff members. This means you need to be intentional about keeping lay leadership and other pastoral staff members aware of the progress of your Vision Team.
If the Vision Team only contains pastoral staff members, you have the option for all sessions to be held on weekdays during regular working hours.
Yes, but remember there is only one Saturday each week, but there are five weekdays.
Session seven will always be scheduled on a Saturday morning to ensure the Vision Team is operating at their highest level of energy.
Yes, there will be phone consultations to debrief the previous session and prepare for our next meeting. Additional coaching when you feel the need to seek guidance or bounce your ideas off of someone.
All on-site churches need to provide flip charts and markers for use by their Vision Team.
Navigating Church Vision provides notebooks and printed handouts for the Vision Team. In addition, we provide digital versions of select chapters from the book Church Unique.
We operate on a sliding scale determined by your average weekend worship attendance and yearly income.
Contact us for a quote.
Four equal payments of 25% of the contract.
Payment 1 - Sent with the signed contract.
Payment 2 - Due one week before Session 1.
Payment 3 - Due one week before Session 3.
Payment 4 - Due one week before Session 5.
Types of Consultations & Vision Team
Both have their advantages.
In a Co-Lab, it is likely you will own the Church Unique material quicker because you will be leading sessions for your church. Often the teacher learns more than the student.
The advantage of an on-site consultation is that you have a certified consultant to conduct all of your Vision Team meetings. A certified consultant has a knowledge base of Church Unique acquired through extensive training and experience.
There is a difference in the cost, with the Co-Lab being significantly less than on-site consultations.
Both are good options, it is a matter of deciding what is best overall for your church at this point.
Vision Team meetings can be conducted on any day of the week that works for your team.
Schedule three hours for each session. If you plan to eat a meal together, add additional time to your meeting.
Session 7, your most important one, should always be conducted on Saturday morning to ensure that the team energy level is at its highest point.
Guideline 1: Size it Right
The ideal number of members is nine. If needed, you can go as few as six, or as many as twelve.
Guideline 2: Include the Senior Pastor
The senior or lead pastor should be present for the entire process. However, this person does not have to lead the process.
Guideline 3: Include Ministerial Staff
If your church has additional ministry staff members, the top three, in addition to the senior pastor, should be on the Vision Team.
Guideline 4: Include Positional Lay Leadership
In addition to the pastoral staff representation on the Vision Team, look for at least four people from existing key lay-leadership roles.
Guideline 5: Provide Balance in Three Areas to Complete the Team
One-third of your team should feel comfortable and proficient with the general concepts of "vision" and "strategy."
The second area to balance is age. It will be helpful to have a team that represents both younger and older members of the congregation.
The third area to balance is the length of membership or attendance. It will be helpful to have some variety here. Consider having one or two people with a fresh perspective of your church.
Special Note: These guidelines were adapted from a handout provided to Church Unique certified consultants titled Building a Vision Team.
It is not recommended as it puts the new person at a disadvantage.
The vocabulary and processes of Church Unique are introduced starting with Session 1, and each session builds on earlier ones.
You need a room that is able to comfortably accommodate the entire Vision Team with three seated at a table.
There should be sufficient wall space for multiple flip charts to be displayed simultaneously.
The facilitator will need a podium and sufficient room to project items on the wall without blocking the view of the Vision Team members.