Starting New Initiatives: A Discernment Process

by Stephanie Lutz Allen, Edwin Andrade, and others. Presbyterian Church (USA), 2013.


This downloadable workbook outlines a process of prayer, discernment, conversation, and reflection to help boards and congregations adapt to changing needs inside and outside the congregation.


18 session designs, scripture and reflection questions, exercises, homework assignment

Recommended Audience

Clergy and lay leaders



Practical Applications

  • Prepare the board for a comprehensive strategic planning process by using the 18 session designs to organize meeting agendas.

About the Contributor

Sandra Herron

Sandra Herron is the founding principal and owner of MiddlEdge, Inc., a management consultancy dedicated to helping congregations align their strategy, people, structure, and processes to achieve their vision. She is an experienced adult educator, trainer and facilitator in academic, community, corporate and ministry settings.

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