Things you should know about Ministry Grid from LifeWay

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]n less than two weeks Ministry Grid from LifeWay Christian Resources will launch. Billed as “Training Made Simple” Ministry Grid is a customizable platform designed to help churches develop all their leaders, no matter the leader’s area of service. Ministry Grid makes training leaders simple. Content is available to leaders anytime, anywhere, while giving pastors and other leaders unprecedented insight into how their people learn. Launching with more than 1,500 training videos for pastors, staff, volunteer leaders, and every-day church goers, Ministry Grid covers, or will cover, every topic a church needs to effectively train those who minister from the parking lot to the pulpit.

Late disclaimer: I am employed by LifeWay Christian Resources
mg_logo_250x250 (1)
Ministry Grid is, in short, a revolution in ministry training for the local church.

The entire vision of Ministry Grid is based on Ephesians 4:11-13:

And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ

Ministry Grid does not supplant the growth of disciples; it complements that growth. Indeed, it may serve as a catalyst for it.

The President and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources, Thom Rainer, said, “Ministry Grid was developed in conjunction with the leaders who will be using it. We assembled an effective training model we believe is applicable to any church. It utilizes three main components: skillful training, godly facilitators, and easy accessibility for users.” Vice-president of LifeWay’s Church Resources, Eric Geiger, also noted, “The Church wins when ministry is handed back to the people. I am excited about Ministry Grid and how it will help churches more intentionally invest in leaders.”

How Does Ministry Grid Work?

logoMinistry Grid’s Learning Management System enables your church to customize training to match the unique needs and goals of your people. Select built-in tracks, choose from Ministry Grid’s 1,500+ video sessions, or add videos to create your own customized training. With tracking and administrative tools, Ministry Grid allows leaders to assess an individual or group’s skill level, assign training content, and view progress. It is accessible from computers, tablets, and smartphones with a native app that allows offline training, so users can train anywhere, at any time.

Who Can Use Ministry Grid?

Ministry Grid is for the entire church, with pricing based on your church’s average weekly attendance. Content is organized into four areas of development—pastoral, church staff, lay leader/volunteer, and personal development—with a wide range of topics videos averaging 15 minutes in length. Ministry Grid works with churches of any size and because you can upload your own content there’s no limit to how you can utilize the platform. Ministry Grid is also perfect for organizations and non-profits that are developing Christian leaders on matters relevant to their ministry.

What Makes The Ministry Grid Platform So Significant?

Ministry Grid is unprecedented in terms of the quantity, quality, and range of training content available. Every aspect is customizable according to your church’s needs, including the ability to skin the site with your own colors, drop in your logo and church branding, and upload your own content. You may also choose to disable access to content not relevant to your assigned users. No other training platform comes close in its ability to perfectly fit your specific needs.

Can I Use Ministry Grid On My Mobile Device?

Yes. Ministry Grid features apps for iOS devices and Kindle Fire. The mobile app allows people to watch training content on the go. You can even download content to your device to watch when offline, and connect your mobile device to a project—perfect for churches that do not have wi-fi access readily available. The Ministry Grid app is a free download, but requires a Ministry Grid subscription to use.

The official launch is less than two weeks away, but you can still sign up for the Ministry Grid Pre-release here.

Marty Duren

Just a guy writing some things.

One Pingback/Trackback

  • Marty, how does this compare to RightNow.org and their Training platform. Sounds very much like that project? Is this another “baptized” version of another product produced by another Christian group? CWT for EE?

    • martyduren

      I personally don’t know anything about that platform, but I’ll get someone from Grid to respond. Good question.

      • The reason I am curious is that several SBC pastors/leaders provide(d) content, among them Ed Stetzer.
        Sent from my iPad

    • Barnabas Piper

      Todd, I work in marketing and communications for Ministry Grid. There are two primary difference between Right now and Ministry Grid.

      The first is that Right Now heavily emphasizes discipleship and personal growth in their content whereas the Grid is primarily focused on leadership and ministry training. We will provide training in the most practical areas of ministry (greeting, parking, security, logistics, etc.) as well as training for how plant churches, start small groups, build more effective teams, etc. Right Now is primarily content for small groups and/or personal study.

      The second significant difference is that, given our training focus, we have developed hundreds of videos that are proprietary. We have brought in leaders and practitioners and filmed them doing training on their area of ministry expertise.

      We are not, as you put it, “a baptized version of another product.” We each have distinct emphases and visions and offer different resources to the church.

      I hope this helps clarify.

      Barnabas Piper

      • Barnabas,
        Thank you for the clarification. Having used RightNow, and continue to, I can appreciate the nuanced differences. Primary focuses aside, there will be overlap and I was interested in the distinctiveness.
        The SBC produced CWT in response to a perceived lack of emphasis on the Spirit in EE. (TeamKids was created in response to the wild success of AWANA.) The overall focus of both CWT and EE was on providing a means for evangelism training. The nuance was in the details. I wondered if this was a similar move. Thus, “baptized” was used as comparative not derogatory.
        Will Grid be fee based?

        Sent from my iPad

      • Phil Warner

        Barnabas and Todd-

        I was alerted to this blog and wanted to briefly chime in. I am part of the content team at RightNow Media. Barnabas, you are correct that RightNow Media has a huge emphasis on Bible study content that can be used in groups or as individuals. For over 3 years now churches have also been able to access our Customizable Training Library that features over 3,500 training videos. Over 90% of those we’ve produced for churches using RightNow Media. The training posts and courses are designed to help pastors, staff and volunteer leaders with their ministry training efforts. The library features teaching videos that we’ve filmed with pastors and leaders from around the country. It also features hundreds of short real-life testimony videos as well as hundreds of funny & dramatic illustration videos. We also have a third third library (Leadership Events Library) that is filled with some of the best leadership sessions from conferences across the country.

        The two minute video on the home page of RightNowMedia.org gives a quick overview of all 3 libraries

        Thanks!

  • martyduren

    Phil-
    I moderated your comment through no fault of your own. When compiling this post I failed to disclaim myself as an employee of LifeWay. That has now been done.

    As such the purpose of this post was to promote Ministry Grid alone. Since questions have been raised about Right Now I take your response to be appropriate. Since I’m promoting Ministry Grid here your link back to the Right Now intro video was counter to my purpose. I cannot edit Disqus comments from my phone so I’m posting your comment below sans the section with the link.

    My apology, but thx in advance for understanding.

    Barnabas and Todd-
    I was alerted to this blog and wanted to briefly chime in. I am part of the content team at RightNow Media. Barnabas, you are correct that RightNow Media has a huge emphasis on Bible study content that can be used in groups or as individuals. For over 3 years now churches have also been able to access our Customizable Training Library that features over 3,500 training videos. Over 90% of those we’ve produced for churches using RightNow Media. The training posts and courses are designed to help pastors, staff and volunteer leaders with their ministry training efforts. The library features teaching videos that we’ve filmed with pastors and leaders from around the country. It also features hundreds of short real-life testimony videos as well as hundreds of funny & dramatic illustration videos. We also have a third third library (Leadership Events Library) that is filled with some of the best leadership sessions from conferences across the country.

  • Pingback: Today in Blogworld 11.05.13 - Borrowed Light()

  • Shannon

    I don’t think choosing someone from Grid to respond is the most unbiased way to answer the question.