Next Steps helps congregations answer the question, “Where do we go from here?” Whether a church is large, small, growing or declining, discerning God’s direction for the next leg of the journey can be challenging.

Next Steps is a 4-phase process:

[Your church’s team and DBA’s leadership team will work together to complete each phase]



  • Call the congregation to prayer.
  • Assess the strengths and challenges of the community and congregation.
  • Celebrate the church’s history.
  • Conduct a town hall meeting.


  • Team recommends next steps to the congregation
  • Congregation decides according to the bylaws of the church.


  • Discover opportunities and challenges for ministry
  • Evaluate options
  • Seek input from others


  • Determine the steps for implementation
  • Make assignments
  • Follow-through

Sign Me Up!

Congregations interested in participating in Next Steps should contact Ryan Jespersen. The DBA team will then explain the process more fully and submit a written proposal to church leadership. Then, the congregation votes to participate in Next Steps and elects a team.

Cost: If the church is a cooperating member of DBA, there is no cost. However, the church is responsible for costs of materials or research of possible options.

Questions? Ryan Jespersen | 214.319.1159

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