During Phase 1 of the NLI Process the District teams seeks to engage the Pastor and Laity of the church. We begin with training the NLI team made up of 6-8 individuals from the church who will work closely with the Pastor during the NLI process. Pastors begin to meet in a Clergy Peer Learning Group that helps to facilitate growth in personal development, congregational development and innovation preparation. We also engage laity, training in areas of prayer and evangelism. The phase culminates with a Ministry Focus Event open to the whole church to come together and discuss where the church sees God at work in their midst