Periodically we take time in our Student LINC staff meetings to have one of our staff share their strategic plan with the rest of the team. This helps provide analysis and critiques our coaching processes. Eric Dellaire, consultant at large for the eastern part of the US, explained his plan to us last week. Before coming to our team, Eric had assignments in Maine and with Lake Hart Stint. He has been consulting full time just since August. I asked him if I could share his plan with you. Much of this is fairly typical of what we do in apostolic ministry. But he has some interesting twists.
- Transformational Communities on his campuses.
- For Eric, this looks like 50 students with 8-10 leaders.
- However, several of his campuses are in Maine, where the ministry is slow to develop. He sets an intermediate goal of 25 students with 4-6 leaders for them.
- Eric is working with 20 campuses.
- 16 of those have more than one leader.
- 4 have a filtered leader ready to start.
- 6 campuses have faculty advisors.
- 13 schools have a budget of at least $1000.
- 3 campuses have reached at least the first goal of 25 students.
- The typical items: a director, a team, websites, and his own experience in evangelism and discipleship.
Critical path steps
1. New campus start up.
- Gathering: FSKs/Surveys. One very interesting suggestion he has for each campus is to have an overnight mini-retreat at the beginning of the semester. This is to gather interested students, brainstorm activities and lets the leader impart vision.
- Alignment: Eric emphasizes a foundation of prayer. He infuses a passion to release God to work.
- Creating Community: He encourages his ministries to have a weekly party night. They play games, go to sporting events and have fun. Non-Christians are encouraged to attend, so that they can see the body in action.
- Follow up surveys
- Co-sponsor events with other groups, even non-Christian groups.
- One to one. Develop a list of people they are praying for, intentionally hang out with them and ask a “sometime” question.
- Start every Bible study with an ice breaker.
- Set the right environment with a consistent start time.
- Ask good questions.
- Cover the basics and have training, especially in using the Knowing God Personally booklet.
- Develop quiet time accountability.
- The typical: Invite the students to events where their faith will deepen and their vision expand–conferences, summer opportunities, etc.
- Help his leaders to evaluate the ministry at 4 weeks into the semester, mid-semester and at the end of the semester.
I like to eavesdrop on Eric when he is on the phone with one of his leaders. His warm, friendly and encouraging manner comes across in their conversation. He enjoys the friendships with his leaders and it appears that his leaders take to heart his suggestions for their ministries. Way to go, Eric! Not bad for having been at this for just one semester.
And now for a few resources from GodSquad, that Eric uses:
- Asking good questions.
- Discovery questions.
- “Sometime” questions. On the “Embarking Together” card.