One important component in becoming a vibrant and healthy congregation involves having a shared sense of direction. A strategic plan answers the question, “In what new and different ways will we touch lives in the coming 3 to 5 years?” A short list of answers to this question, supported by key leaders and a strong majority of active members, will guide and enliven everything from program planning, and worship to decisions about staffing, buildings, budgets,and community outreach.
Consider beginning a process of developing a shared sense of direction by gaining evidence about your church. The Church Assessment Tool* (CAT) offers the best approach to giving equal voice to all your people for the purpose of gaining evidence-based discernment. When you do you’ll make better decisions, in less time and with more confidence.
*Provided by Holy Cow! Consulting” and available to you through Mustard Seed Consulting, LLC.
Kurt Jacobson is a trained interpretive consultant of Holy Cow! assessments serving churches across WI and beyond. An ordained pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, he served Trinity Lutheran Church, Eau Claire for 28 years. In 2016 he formed Mustard Seed Consulting.
Jacobson holds a BA in Business/Hospital Administra on and Organiza onal Communication from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN and a Masters of Divinity degree from Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN. He holds a certificate in Intentional Interim Ministry from the National Association of Lutheran Interim Pastors.
He is the author of “Welcoming Grace: Words of Love for All.” In addition, the book “The State of the ELCA” by Russell Crabtree, founder of Holy Cow! includes a chapter detailing the work Kurt did in making Trinity a transformational congregation.
He lives near Cumberland, WI.
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