Allow me to give you something to think about and to chew on… However, please have this understanding: the local church is essentially a living organism; and like a living organism when it is healthy it will grow.
When you are looking to move your church forward with Strategic Leadership, remember that the local church already has its own mission and purpose given Biblically. However, within this, the effective strategic leader must move forward in fleshing this purpose/mission out with the unique DNA the Lord has given your local church. You could look at this unique area as your church’s platform. This platform is where you and your leaders will execute the stewardship given by the Lord to move forward in what He has called your church to do.
Think about what is the primary ministry area on which all of your church’s ministries should flow from and be built upon? Remember, that is here where your church will begin to flesh-out all of the gooey stuff, such as the statement of faith, vision statement, mission statement, philosophy of ministry, and the aligning of all other ministries to these.
As you flow forward, remember that the core focus is not on numerical growth, but on improving the overall health of the church. Trust me, numerical growth follows healthy, active and thriving churches that are on mission with God and fulfilling the Biblical purpose for their existence.
Sometimes church leaders sort of balk at the idea of strategic planning, and then sometimes church leaders do strategic planning but then nothing ever really becomes anything of it.
Answer these questions first with your church leaders
These questions will – or should – open up dialog with your church and church leaders about some serious things. Also you will begin formulating baby steps toward what is known as the Strategic Needs Assessment and the Strategic Strengths and Weaknesses Assessment.
Of course, you want to look at your Opportunities and Threats as well. In other words, what are the most significant opportunities for and potential threats to our church. Following this you may even want to begin looking into the realm of Barriers. Barriers are things that are in the way of maximizing your Strengths.
One of the areas that sometimes become the greatest conversation piece is the area of Options. In this, you will start openly discussion and looking into the areas and opportunities that may be present and/or possibly there as viable options for strengthening the ministry of your church.
Also, be sure to keep in mind and actively discuss on an ongoing basis the core Ministry Goals. In other words, what is the Lord leading your church to strive for to enhance the overall ministry over the next year? The next two to three years? And beyond?
In closing, allow me to give you a huge strategic corner piece of the puzzle…
Your church requires leaders. Identify and recruit leaders, and even potential leaders. Build Discipleship-Leader Development into your Strategic Leadership Plan. But don’t just stop there, move forward in developing, deploying, and supporting the leaders you have assembled and put together.
Please log in again. The login page will open in a new window. After logging in you can close it and return to this page.