coaching + equipping digitally engaged ministry

Digitally connected people. Digitally engaged church.

As ministry leaders, we’re beginning to see the value our people place on their relationships and experiences in digital space. They make choices based on their digital interactions: from what and how they buy, to who and what they trust, to where they’ll put their valuable time and energy. Your role and your church are still built for connection and relationship, impact, transformation and storytelling – but the space in which that happens is shifting. There will always be something special about gathering together physically, and there is deep opportunity in connecting in digital space too. This is about forming faith, making and sustaining disciples, building community, and following Jesus – when we gather face to face, and when we connect online.

Digitally Engaged Churches:

Connect meaningfully with people in physical space and digital space, mirroring how they live the rest of their lives.

Create and curate digital space for faith forming relationships, experiences, and conversations.

Tell their story and God’s story in creative ways, using a variety of platforms. They embrace opportunity to exist outside their walls and join people in the corner’s of their broken, yet redeemed lives.

What if you could keep your church doors open 24/7?

That would be amazing. And here’s the thing. You can. Click the button below to email Jared for your free 30 minute digital engagement coaching session.

Welcome to vibrantfaith/digital, our coaching and equipping pathway for digitally engaged ministry. We partner with churches and their leaders ready to create and sustain faith forming digital presence because people are living their lives authentically both face-to-face and online – and the church belongs there too. 

This video is a verbal walkthrough of the pathway and what opportunities there are for any church, whatever your starting point may be. Scroll down to learn more about each opportunity and when you’re ready, how to get started.

GETTING STARTED in Digital Engagement eCourse

The first hurdle feels like the hardest one to leap. This self-paced eCourse, delivered via email, will launch you and your team on the first steps toward digital engagement in effective 21st century ministry. This 6 part course will take you through: the 3 main platforms churches need to focus on, how to see yourself and your ministry in a digital world, the basics of how to think digital in any area of ministry, and how digital engagement is an issue of faith formation more than information.

Each email will contain one 4-7 minute video, some important concepts, one key question, one assignment, and a bonus “next-level” action step.

LENGTH: 6 Weeks

METHOD: You’ll get your first email immediately, and then each Monday morning after that for 5 more weeks.

COST$49

FOCAL POINT Coaching

If you’re thinking, “If we could move the needle on this one thing, that would make a big difference” – Focal Point Coaching is a model designed to do exactly that. Each Focal Point package is hyper-focused on one key outcome for engaging 21st century ministry.

When you complete your Focal Point Coaching order, you’ll immediately receive a confirmation and an email with a link to download a 1-2 page PDF resource on the topic you’ve chosen. Then, within 24 hours, a coach will contact you to schedule one 60-minute coaching session (video conference or phone call) focused on the topic to help contextualize and actualize the next steps. That coaching conversation is open to one person or your entire team.

LENGTH: 1 hour + 1 resource

METHOD: Your downloadable resource is available immediately. Then, your coach will contact you to schedule one 60-minute video or phone meeting (or face to face if local to a coach).

COST$119

FUNDAMENTALS in Digitally Engaged Ministry

If you’ve ever said something like, “I know the world went digital, but we just don’t know where to start” – if your church is ready to join a digital world engaging, faith-forming presence – this is where to start. Fundamentals is great for churches and leaders who want to know where to focus their precious time and resources, while knowing digital engagement matters today.

We’ll take 6 month to explore the 3 key digital spaces every church should be paying attention to most, no matter the starting point: their website, email, and Facebook. Fundamentals is about setting you on a trajectory for an online presence that reflects your vision, helps accomplish your mission, and builds your community.

LENGTH: 6 Months

GATHERINGSMonthly online meetings, with projects and assignments in between sessions, and email/text access to your coach. An onsite visit is optional.

COST$1800 (without an onsite visit) or $2400 (with an onsite visit, travel costs are extra)

FOUNDATIONS in Digitally Engaged Ministry

What could change if your faith community was living adundantly in digital space and face-to-faceIf your church and its leadership is ready to move toward real, life-changing digital engagement, Foundations Coaching is the best key you can turn. This is one step beyond simply having a website and a Facebook page.

First, in every Foundations experience, we focus on how real faith formation can happen in digital space. We’ll discover a vision for faith formation across generations and across platforms.

Second, you choose one of five focus areas, based on your community’s culture, dreams, and mission. This focus will include a tangible, reusable asset that we’ll create along the way. See the five focus areas below for an in depth look at the key outcomes and assets we’ll create in each focus area.

LENGTH: 1 Year

GATHERINGSMonthly online meetings, with projects and assignments in between sessions, and email/text access to your coach for small questions throughout the process. Plus, one onsite visit. (The travel and lodging cost are additional.)

COST$4000 (PS, that’s $1000 less than a standalone custom website design costs, without the coaching.)

Just need web design help? We still do that too. Click here to see how that works.

EXTENSIONS

After completing the one-year Foundations process, extend the experience with a focus on other key parts of digitally engaged ministry, building on what you’ve already accomplished, and going further up and further in with faith forming digitally engaged ministry.

LENGTH: 6 months each

GATHERINGS: Monthly online. Access to coach via email/text.

COST: $1800

Go Deeper

Why the focus on digitally engaged ministry?

People nearly always visit out digital spaces before we see them face to face. People find their faith communities by searching online, exploring social media, and hearing from others they trust. We can join them in the outer courts and meet them where they are, as Jesus did. We welcome them authentically into our presence, and God’s presence. People are living their lives in an integrated, layered dichotomy of digital and physical space. They are making choices, building relationships, forming opinions, and developing identity in digital space, and the church belongs in the midst of it.

What is the process like?

 

We use our 4D process to guide our overall time together. This process is rooted in Human Centered Design thinking along with decades of research and experience. There are 4 phases that we’ll go through no matter the length of time we’re covering. You’ll also have it as a way of thinking going forward.

We’ll meet approximately monthly, with work for each of us in between based on the direction and focus of our time. You’ll also have email/text access to your coach throughout the contract. Your coach will provide accountability, direction, ideas, resources, and a lot of questions along the way.

 

THE 4D Process

PHASE 1 · DISCOVER: Starts with deep listening, which leads to shared discovery. Discovery helps us understand current states, and uncovers possibilities for the future.

PHASE 2 · DISCERN: Collaboratively choosing a preferred future and desired outcomes gets everyone on the same page.

PHASE 3 · DESIGN: Designing experiments for what could be, then testing them out in real life allows for smart failure, quick learning, and easy iteration.

PHASE 4 · DO: We then execute based on what we learned, evaluate with great questions, and begin to explore the next iteration.

What is included in the coaching experience?
  • Monthly, and sometimes more, coaching sessions held via phone or video conference
  • Email and text message access to coach during contract
  • Access to key resources including documents, blog posts, graphics, and templates on digitally-engaged ministry
  • Digitally Engaged Ministry Plan – This is the primary guiding document that we’ll develop fully during the vibrantfaith/digital process and will be your key document moving forward. It is a regularly-used, often-updated, every-relevant framework for thinking and executing digitally engaged ministry in the church today. It contains 8 sections: Purpose, People, Possibilities, Presence, Platforms, Plan, Playbook, and Post-Op. Here is a sample (coming soon).
  • Digital Presence Assessment – This is part of the “discover” phase and is a shared analysis and assessment process, followed by a report, of the current state of your digital presence convering a fairly deep dive into your website, social media, and communications; this report will also identify your Top 5 Assets and Top 5 Opportunities, which we’ll use to inform our process going forward. Here is a sample.
  • High-value Deliverable – When you choose to go through the vibrantfaith/digital process as a faith community, the primary deliverable is a brand new website that we’ll create together throughout the process. If you are happy with your website’s design and functionality in general, you can choose a different track. Here are the four track/asset options:
    1. New Website – we’ll co-design a new website focused on faith formation in digital space, plus all the other keys to a good site. Any agency, design firm, or local volunteer can create a website for you. We believe the only way to move forward in the right direction is to create your website with you – coaching, training, resourcing, and equipping along the way.
    2. Social Media Strategic Plan – we’ll co-create and begin to execute and analyze a comprehensive plan for your social media presence.
    3. Design School – we’ll lead a small group of team members through a design school for digital and print graphics, documents, bulletins, flyers, sermon graphics, social media graphics, etc. You’ll end up with a package of templates and assets ready to use going forward.
    4. Identity/Brand Refresh – we’ll co-create a completely refreshed visual brand identity for your faith community including: logo, color pallette, fonts(typography), language, and guidelines on using it all. The final deliverable is a complete Style Guide or “Brandbook”.
    5. Communications – Together we’ll get seek to understand the key ways your community is getting and acting on information, and then we’ll create a Communications Plan based on that learning. We’ll cover how to integrate different platforms in communications (website, social media, email). We’ll also create 3 reusable email templates in whatever platform you use for email (a letter, an announcement, and a newsletter).
  • Included or Optional Onsite Visit (travel and lodging cost is extra).
Who is involved in the coaching process?

From the church or organization:

  • One point person who’s role may include setting up coaching sessions, communicating with the coach and any others involved in the process, and managing co-created action steps after each session.
  • A team/committee. This may already exist, or will be created as part of the process. Good digitally-enabled ministry isn’t one person’s role or responsibility alone.

From Vibrant Faith:

  • The primary coach, whose is the main point of contact and whose role it is to keep the process moving forward, connect with the point person and team at the church/organization, provide accountability throughout the process, and serve as the facilitator for the majority of the experience.
  • Additional coaches & content experts will join along the way during coaching session or through other platforms. They will provide expertise, ideas, and resources for focused parts of the experience.
What are the key outcomes?
Learning Outcomes
  • Understand the guiding process mentioned above, be able to explain it to others, and be prepared to apply it throughout the coaching relationship and in the future.
  • Embrace the shifts in missional purpose for engaging in digital space. This includes moving from a mindset of digital being simply “tools” to use but rather space to be entered, curated, integrated, and resourced. This means a move from, “get people to come to us,” to, “let’s go to where people are living their whole lives, physically and digitally.”
  • Feel confident in base knowledge of key digital platforms: websites, relevant social media sites, and digital communications. Have a 101 level understanding of their purposes, audiences, and integrations.
  • Learn the value of and methods for telling stories and building community online.
  • Be excited for the opportunities their faith community will have in digital and social space.
Behavior Outcomes
  • Begin regularly updating website content, increasing the amount of dynamic content and decreasing the amount of static content.
  • Create a digital/communications team, including intentionally varied perspectives.
  • Begin making changes to website, focusing on telling stories, building community, and offering relevant faith forming resources and opportunities.
  • Create and execute a faith-formation-focused social media plan using at least 2 unique platforms.
  • Design or redesign digital communications (email, newsletters, displays, slides) to be on brand, integrated with other platforms, slim and refocused content, and calls to action.
  • Run 3-5 experiments based on preferred future goals with a focus on listening, learning, iterating, and informing the digitally-enabled Ministry Plan.
Deliverables (depending on contract length & focus)
  • Digital Strategy Team (every contract)
  • Digitally Engaged Ministry Framework (every contract over 6 months)
  • Website Redesign
  • Social Media Strategic Plan
  • Design School Template & Graphics Package
  • Church BrandBook
What kinds of communities and leaders are good candidates for vibrantfaith/digital?

Leaders who:

  • have a role in which they help advise, create, or execute digital strategy in their faith community
  • are enthusiastic about real progress and alignment between digital space and overall mission
  • are called to a congregation or organization that is enthusiastic about digitally enabled ministry

Communities who:

  • already have, or are willing to, create a team/task force/committee around digital strategy, communications, and/or technology.
  • see the future of the church thriving in both face to face gatherings and vibrant digital engagement

Get started with vibrantfaith/digital

FUNDAMENTALS

6 Months
$1800/6mo
  • 6 coaching sessions
  • Email/text acccess to coach during contract
  • Access to key resources including documents, blog posts, graphics, templates, and more
  • Focus on the 3 key platforms important for any church: Website, Email, and Facebook
  • Digital Presence Checkin
  • Digitally Engaged Ministry Starter Plan
  • Optional onsite visit ($2400 plus travel)

EXTENSIONS

6 months each
$1800/ea
  • 6 coaching sessions
  • Email access to coach during contract
  • Access to key resources including documents, blog posts, graphics, and templates on digitally-enabled ministry
  • +Key Outcome Options: New Church Website, Social Media Strategic Plan, Brand Identity Refresh, Communications Plan, Design School
  • Integration into Digitally Engaged Ministry Framework
  • Onsite visit coach time, travel and lodging extra at $600+travel

ALL IN

2-3 years
$10,000/contract
  • 24 coaching sessions
  • Includes vibrantfaith/digital FOUNDATIONS plus ALL EXTENSIONS
  • 2-3 year timeline as agreed upon by church leaders
  • Digital Presence Assessment Pre & Post Evaluation
  • Digitally Engaged Ministry Framework
  • Church Brandbook/Style Guide
  • Social Media Strategic Plan
  • Design School
  • Communications Plan
  • New co-created Website

Or, as always, we can work together to create a custom experience to fit you needs and available resources.

CUSTOM

by Session/Hourly
$100-300/hour
  • 1 or more 60 minute coaching sessions
  • A way to get a taste of what digitally engaged ministry coaching will be like, or great for very specific questions, situations, or goals.
  • Go session by session, or create a package
  • Hourly cost is dependent on level of pre and post follow up and resourcing beyond the 60 minute session

Need to bring this opportunity to your leadership/council?

Click the button to download a shareable, printable one page summary document. 

Meet the Coach

A congregation’s digital presence is their new front door, and it should feel just as welcoming as actually walking through the front door of the church. Jared Rendell combines website design and intentional digital strategy with coaching to help congregations cultivate an online presence that encourages deep engagement as a faith community. With a background in youth and outdoor ministry, Jared serves as a “translator” between technical language and the ministry of the church. He is passionate about helping ministries move forward by embracing technology for the formation of faith.

Jared is married to Anna, and has three children. They lead their church’s mid-week band-led worship service. Jared also coaches volleyball and designs other blogs and websites on the side.

Jared Rendell

Jared Rendell

Partner for Digital Strategies

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