- Naming who the church has been and is. A congregation cannot discern what God is calling it to be and do without first examining its long-running patterns and its current gifts and challenges.
- Discerning the church’s purpose within its context. Mission and location are closely tied, and listening for God’s call involves attending to the challenges and opportunities in the community.
- Beginning to identify the leadership skills, qualities, and experience needed to help church live toward its mission. The competencies required in a pastoral leader grow out of the congregation’s God-given vision.