How We Work: Advocace's Ministry Capacity Framework

When all of these ingredients work together, the nonprofit holds much more power.

The Advocace Ministry Capacity Framework identifies areas that can move your Christian ministry toward your vision

How Much Can Your Ministry Grow?

We see that most ministries have the opportunity to dramatically improve their impact and income. The Advocace Ministry Capacity Framework (AMCaF) identifies areas that can move your ministry toward your vision.

Imagine you have a cake sitting in front of you. You know that eggs, flour, sugar, milk and other ingredients went into this cake. If you ate any of the ingredients individually, they would definitely not have the same effect on your taste buds. However, when they all come together, they create something really great. Taking in the vision of your nonprofit works similarly to baking that cake. In order to appreciate the idea as a whole, there are several individual pieces that must be considered individually first. When all of these ingredients work together, the nonprofit holds much more power. This is how Advocace begins working with any organization. We go through these seven areas and evaluate each ingredient.


The first ingredient to consider is the Identity of your ministry. If you don’t nail this down quickly, then your organization flounders without a target or specific purpose at which to aim. This includes asking you and your team questions such as:

  • Why do we exist?
  • How do we behave?
  • What do we do?

Strategy and Outcomes

When you have figured out why you exist, then you must figure out how exactly you will move toward that particular vision. Some of the questions necessary to ask for this particular element include:

  • How will we succeed?
  • How will we know we have succeeded?
  • What is most important, right now?

Execution Ring

The Execution Ring includes the five remaining pieces of the AMCaF. They all work together to flesh out who must do what in order for nonprofit organization to ultimately achieve your vision.

  1. Leadership, Board and Staff
  2. Income
  3. Program Service
  4. Operations
  5. Community Engagement

Leadership, Board and Staff

Maybe you’ve heard Matthew 15:14 before that says, “And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.” It’s important that the leadership of your ministry asks this one question:

  • How do we work together?


We all know that money plays a key role in the success of your ministry and how many people you feed, minister to, or help in whatever capacity your nonprofit has been called. It is because of this reason that you must ask yourself:

  • What resources will allow us to get to our goals?

Program Service

The types of programs and the way in which those programs are structured hold significant importance in how your ministry grows. Within this ingredient, you will ask:

  • How do we impact people?


An organization will not make it far if nobody is in place to support the various needs such as building maintenance, budgets, managing employees, keeping materials on-hand, etc. Here you must ask the question:

  • How are we organized and supported to deliver?

Community Engagement

If you have all of these other ingredients in place but you have nobody that knows about your organization, then what’s the point? So, you must ask yourself this final question:

  • How do we attract people and sustain our community relationships?

Looking At Your Ingredients

Examine your nonprofits "ingredients" today by calling Advocace at (972) 304-1100 or request a free consultation. We are excited to help you make an even larger impact in your community.