One of the fundamental elements of moving forward as a ministry is identifying the values that matter most as a community. LEAD Values Cards provide a fun, engaging way to help any group begin the conversation about what values are most important to them.

What’s Included:

  • 48 cards with possible values (and a definition for each)
  • 3 blank cards (in case you have a value that is not included)
  • 1 list of all the values included
  • 1 plastic carrying case to keep the cards fresh
  • Access to online resources and activities for using the cards

A 52-card set designed to help you identify shared values

Who are the LEAD Values Cards for?

LEAD has used these cards with congregations of every size and shape. Some already had a defined purpose and values, and some were just starting the process.They have also been used with small groups within a congregation, with non-congregational ministries, and even within families.

In short, these cards are helpful for anyone who wants to have a meaningful discussion about what values are most important to them, and especially which values they share with a group.

How to Use the LEAD Values Cards

  • Gather a group for the conversation. Any size from 2-10 people works.
  • Place the stack of cards in the middle of the group
Note: It is difficult to have meaningful discussion in groups larger than 10. If you have a large group, consider dividing into several smaller groups each with its own set of cards.

Sort 1 

  • Have one person flip over each card – as you flip over the cards, sort them into three stacks:
    • YES – Values that definitely reflect your group
    • NO – Values that definitely do NOT reflect your group
    • MAYBE – Values that are a maybe
  • Do this sort quickly. Don’t think too long about each value – go with your instincts.
  • Set the cards in the NO stack off to the side.

Sort 2 

  • Take your MAYBE stack  and set it in the center.
  • Have one person flip over each card and quickly sort them into either the YES stack or the NO stack.
  • Set the NO stack aside.

Sort 3 

  • Take your YES cards and set them in the center of the group.
  • Lay all your YES cards face up in front of you.
  • Have everyone in your group vote for the five values which best reflect your ministry.
  • Pull the top five values out.


  • Do these values reflect your ministry?
  • Do they reflect who you are, or who you want to be?
  • Are you happy with these values?
  • Could you put these values in order of importance, from most to least important?
  • What is your #1 value?