Dynamic Church Planting International (DCPI) is an international non-profit outreach organization with members dispersed not only throughout the United States, Mexico, and Canada, but Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, and Australia. Due to the physical distribution of its members, onboarding new members and distributing information to disciples and mentors is marred by difficulty. DCPI sought EXERTUS for a decentralized, cloud-based, online solution to the many physical and logistical barriers which stood in the organization’s way.
DCPI has mentors and disciples around the world. As a church planting mission, it is imperative that communication and mentorship between the organization and its members be free-flowing and readily available. Physical, logistical, and cost barriers currently prevent that.
The solution was an online learning management system which would enable DCPI to centrally store and manage its curriculum and learning materials for decentralized access and distribution. By putting the teaching mechanisms employed by DCPI online, physical and logistical hurdles are eliminated.
When tackling a project of this scope, we first set out to definitely determine what the client’s needs are, and then further hone in on what elements are preventing the client from fulfilling these needs. With DCPI, the need is global communication; the organization must disperse information in multiple languages to mentors and disciples on multiple continents. Furthermore, the organization must monitor and manage this information to ensure it is being properly taught, disseminated, and retained. A physical model simply would not suffice
It would take us at least a decade to develop an in-house department with the depth of talent and experience that EXERTUS brings to the table. Even then, it would be an inefficient use of resources and we would struggle to keep them engaged and up-to-speed on industry standards and best practices. EXERTUS has been, and continues to be, a game-changer for our organization.
To begin, we started with a deck outlining the information architecture, sitemap, and flow chart of the LMS, as it would be structured for DCPI’s needs. This deck included information on key user personas, which allowed us to pinpoint specifically who would be using the LMS and how. This initial discovery phase was crucial to determining the core functionality requirements of the system.