CFS Sample CSC Timeline

This is a first draft attempt at illustrating the benefit of creating a public, illustrated and clear timeline for the purpose of compelling clarity in a CSC

Critical Dates with Consultant on Campus

Strategic Planning 1&2 of 4

11/14/2012 - 11/15/2012

Using a SiMPLE church model, 4 meetings over 2 trips are planned to encourage diffuse light to be sharpened; to develop a clear and compelling case statement.

Strategic Planning 3&4 of 4

12/05/2012 - 12/06/2012

Using a SiMPLE church model, 4 meetings over 2 trips are planned to encourage diffuse light to be sharpened; to develop a clear and compelling case statement.

Orientation to Congregation in Worship

01/05/2013 - 01/06/2013

Orientation is the public introduction of the CSC designed to initiate momentum...

Pastor Prep & Design Team


This is opportunity to orientate the (Senior) Pastor on his role in the campaign as well as bring together a representative group of leaders to design elements of the campaign to best fit the culture of the congregation

Leadership Team Prep 1&2

01/21/2013 - 01/22/2013

This, the only 2-night scheduled training event, will immerse the Leadership Team volunteers in the process...


These events are important makers in the process of developing a campaign because they develop the momentum and educate and inform the Body of the growing central importance of this CSC

Prayer & Conversation Re: God's Desire for His Plans

11/13/2012 - 12/04/2012

In-between visits the consultant and leadership are invited to maintain conversation with each other via phone and emails. However the more important conversations are between each person and the Lord to seek out his vision for this CSC.

Recruit Leadership Team

01/05/2013 - 01/20/2013

It is important to recruit the most spiritually mature and invested leaders possible. A CSC is a seminal event that alters the direction or nature of mission and ministry, therefore, seeking out the best people for the Leadership Team is critical!

Introduce Leadership Team in Worship

01/26/2013 - 01/27/2013

The prominence of the Leadership Team is second only to the formal blessing that is provided. Although there are certainly organizational dynamics in a CSC, the blessing and Godspeed from the Lord and his people is paramount.


The bad news is there are deadlines - lots of deadlines to meet in order to keep the CSC moving as well as coordinate events, times, places and goals with the rest of the team. The good news? There are no surprise deadlines! They are spelled out from the beginning!

Set Dates & Meetings for Strategic Planning


These are best accomplished well in advance and followed-up with reminders to assure the best attendance possible.

Mail Newsletter #1: Introductions


The theme of the first newsletter, "Introductions" is designed to place names, faces and new information in front of people in their homes

Spiritual Focus & Disciplines

Underneath all the critical dates, events and deadlines is a spiritual calling, focus and disciplines to which we are called. Participation in Word and Sacrament provides the grace and assurance we're working on the Lord's plans. Participation in sacred prayer is designed to further the conversation that speaks to God who listens and listen to God who speaks!

Prayers for Focused Light & A Compelling MIssion

11/12/2012 - 12/06/2012

Although the Great Commission and the Great Commandment are always our calling, each congregation has a specific mission and ministry, their own particular Vision Path. Prayers are called for just such focus...

The Advent of our God!

12/02/2012 - 12/23/2012

Although the CSC is in the incubation stage, the preparation for the anniversary of God-become-human supplies the focus for why we want to raise sacrificial gifts at all. Immanuel and his presence are always our Light and Life!

Congregational Calendar

Although the congregation is asked to minimize other calendared events - as much as possible, for the sake of the campaign's mission, here's a listing of what still needs to happen.