Strategic planning is not first an activity. It is a way of being in the world.
When you examine all the reasons that churches fail to realize all that God has for them, it can be summed up in one phrase: a lack of synchronization. Many people today experience synchronization between their computers and handheld devices. When these devices sync, the information contained in one is also found in the other. This means, for example, that when you look at the calendar on your desktop it has you going the same direction as the calendar on the device in your palm.
When churches are out of sync, energies and activities are not aligned to a common purpose. When goals are set in different areas, they are often developed without much thought as to how they are advancing the mission of the church overall.
In an effort to bring energy to the church, leaders sometimes adopt a policy of empowerment where individual ministries are resourced and supported without much thought given to how they contribute to the overall mission of the church. While individual ministries may be strengthened, a level of chaos and conflict often develops as ministries compete for resources and focus.
When a congregation is in sync, all ministries are not only robust in their own right, they also help advance the overall mission of the church. This does not mean that everyone is doing the same thing. In the Body of Christ, each member has a different function but contribute to the unity of the Body in purpose and action.
Our planning process is named Synched™‚ because it emphasizes the importance of alignment in many different aspects of an effective plan which includes
- Being synched with the Spirit of God
- Being synched with the community context and the needs that are discovered there
- Being synched with the membership size of the church and the size dynamics at play
- Being synched with the perspectives, experiences, and aspirations of the people
- Being synched with the leader’s gifts and motivations
- Being synched in the relationship between ministries and their appropriate balance
- Being synched with the resources available to insure so that plans stretch but do not break people
Getting in Synch
Step 1:Order the CAT with the Strategic Planning and Missional Modules. will help determine the congregation’s thoughts about how missional their church is, whether the current mission has been meaningfully met, and get their thoughts about the future direction of the church. The CAT will also examine cultural elements and internal areas that might need attention in order to move forward in a fruitful way.
Step 2: After the results of the CAT implement a strategic planning process to begin aligning next steps with your mission and vision. To learn more about working through our Synched Strategic Planning Process please contact us.