Training Well Matters Part 4 – A Plan that Matters
“Plan the work and work the plan.”
I don’t know who first coined this phrase but it is so true. But it seems that many churches don’t have a plan, they simply “hope” that what they are doing will make a difference.
Sure, there are many things we can’t plan for in ministry. We can’t plan the work of the Spirit. However, if we have a sound theology, understand our ministry landscape and have innovations that matter, we can create a plan that brings together the best of all that we have for the sake of the Gospel.
Do you have a plan for your ministry? Or is most of what you are doing a reaction to your surroundings?
Do you have goals? Do you write them down?
Does your congregation have a written plan that it is living into? If not, maybe it’s time.
Here’s a brief overview of what a plan can look like. Of course, this takes time, diligence, and prayerful discernment, but it can be a good start.
- Mission, Vision, Values – If you don’t have this, it is imperative that you develop these. In other words, know what God is calling you to do (mission), discern where God is calling you to go (vision) and be clear on the non-negotiables of your identity (values).
- Elevator Speech – If you are in the grocery line out in the community what would you want people to say about who you are? What would you say to others if they knew nothing about your church? Your elevator speech is a paragraph that gets to the heart of the identity of your congregation. It’s the story that people tell to others that compels them to want to know more or engage in your community. Take some time to create one, you’ll be surprised at how much it will help your community be more clear about their mission.
- Major Goals – Pick three. What are the big three goals that your church has that are unique to you and drive you forward in faith? Goals like “every person will have five faith-nurturing relationships” or “every household will practice faith daily” are a couple that I’ve seen churches take on. Then look at these goals daily and continue to evaluate how you are doing.
- Strategies – Finally, what practices do you put in place to reach those goals? Often this is an accumulation of small things that lead to the accomplishment of major goals. What are those daily steps you are taking that are leading people to transformation?
The Gospel is about changed lives. The Gospel also calls us to not stand still and hope that things change. We are called to “go” which includes creating a plan on how we will go. So go with a plan, go with God and witness changed lives.
Developing a ministry plan is one of the major results that comes from our Certificate in Children, Youth and Family ministry training. Join me for one of our fall schools.