Lesson 1, Topic 1
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The P-E-O Chart Example

Now that you’ve done the work considering how you’ve developed a passion for something, let’s consider how this works in your ministry context. 

A P-E-O chart is a simple way to organize your involvement opportunities for champions.  It’s laid out with Participation, Engagement and Ownership in columns and the categories for people to get involved and be discipled in rows. 

Before you start to develop your own P-E-O chart, explore this P-E-O chart example from Back To School Ministries.* Hover your mouse over the green information circles to learn more.  


The five P-E-O step categories: 

  • Learning
  • Praying
  • Serving
  • Sharing
  • Giving

What are the formative disciplines that people can participate in to grow their Christian walk while being involved in your cause?

We suggest that every ministry start with learning, praying, serving, sharing, and giving. You may decide to add one or two cause specific categories, such as healing, relating, evangelizing, and so on.

Consider the steps or practices that you, your board members, and other key champions took as part of your own growth process in the cause, and add them to the list.


At its core, P is the ENTRY STEP into your cause.

It requires low level of commitment, and very little up-front knowledge

The P step is simply an invitation to DO something, GET INVOLVED, EXPERIENCE the cause.

P steps are simple, clear, and easy to do. They might even seem limited! Better to leave champions with a sense of accomplishment and ready for more.

A champion moves from Participation to Engagement when they acknowledge a mutual accountability in the relationship with your cause (individually and corporately) so that they might learn how to effectively use their gifts to bear fruit for the cause.

Engagement steps are  deliberate steps on the part of the champion to greater involvement.

E steps involve more knowledge, and more commitment to the cause.

E steps take involvement to the next level, but are still focused on the champion's own connection to the cause.

When it comes to ownership, think “replication.” Disciples who makes more disciples!

Owners are now helping to equip more people to grow in the cause

Owners begin to multiply the impact of their efforts – they become a replication of you.

These O steps help champions reproduce their passion for the cause by providing opportunities to serve, help, instruct, and encourage others.


Learning about the cause enriches a champions experience. It allows them to understand the why at a deeper level, making the other actions they take more relevant and meaningful. This may come through an article, a documentary, a book, a hands-on experience or a blog post. In addition to these, we should also be deliberately pointing our champions to learn from the Scriptures. 
When we search for what the Scriptures say about the cause, when we look at what God says about those we serve, and when we see what God calls his people to do - that can provide fresh insight into who God is.
Some organizations and causes have specific Scripture study that is connected.  Others have a Scripture passage or selection of passages they regularly point to. 
2 Timothy 3:16 says “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” (NIV)
When you invite champions to pray, you are inviting them to have a direct conversation with Him about the cause.  
And Jesus already taught us how.  Matthew 6 beginning in verse 9 (NIV)
“This, then, is how you should pray:
“‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come, your will be done,
 on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one."'
When our work is rooted in God, God’s will can be expressed through our cause.


Throughout the stories of Jesus, you see Him breaking down traditional barriers and shattering constructs. He said the last shall be first.  He went to be among the sick, the afflicted, the sinners.  When we follow that model and take steps Jesus would take, our notion of “otherness” dissolves.  And unity, oneness, sameness is a powerful theme in Scripture.
Service is a growth-accelerator for champions. Serving alongside people disrupts our biases and preconceptions.  It eliminates the us-verses-them mentality, or the “those who serve” verses “those who are served.”
John 17:23 says “I in them and you in me – so that they may be brought to complete unity.”


The category of sharing typically means encouraging and equipping champions to share the cause in their spheres of influence.  This could mean sharing about the cause.  It could also mean sharing about their involvement in the cause and how it's impacted them personally.
Ask yourself, “How can we equip champions to share about, and celebrate, the work God is doing in them and in the cause?”
You can equip champions with stories of God’s faithfulness in the work. You can help them see and make meaning of the work God is doing in them through their connection to the cause.
In Matthew 5, after the beatitudes, it says in verse 16: “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
When we share what He has done, the result is glory to God.  By seeing God in action, people can know him. 


Giving is an opportunity to express cheerful generosity and reveal God’s character as champions depend on him. This isn't just about encouraging bigger gifts, but gifts that are acceptable and pleasing to God.
We do that by inviting gifts prompted by God’s grace, not organizational need.  We do that by inviting gifts that affirm God’s delight in them, void of with “shouldisms” and guilt. 
Consider when you are most cheerful about your giving. Is it when you sense God’s delight and pleasure with the act of giving? Is it when you're not stuck on the amount that’s expected, or worrying if it is enough?
So when we are designing opportunities to give, whether a face-to-face ask or an appeal letter, ask yourself “Does this invitation prompt the kind of giving that reveals God’s character?  Would He delight in the response?”
That’s how our invitations to give can point people back to the generosity of God. 

“So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ., and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much."

*Back to School Ministries is a fictional organization we created to help us examine a variety of ministry concepts. 



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