We cannot predict the future, but we can plan for it. The goals, strategies, and dreams we have for what lies ahead of us have the ability to shape our reality. In ministry and in life, the only way to create the life we want to live is to build it ourselves. We have to plan, prepare, and forecast the future. We have to map it out.The goals, strategies, and dreams we have for what lies ahead of us have the ability to shape our reality. Click To Tweet
The first section of a ministry action plan is all about the big picture. Where is your ministry going? What are the driving forces behind your ministry? And what structures and systems do you have in place to help you accomplish your goals? Let’s spend some time focusing on these topics.
When mapping out the future, we must first determine where we would like to go. Another way to understand this part of the action plan is to look at it as vision casting. This is your opportunity to look at the big picture and determine what it is you are aiming to accomplish. How does your purpose align with the purpose of the church community as a whole? Your vision should be in alignment with that of your leadership. If its not, you will have to reevaluate and realign yourself before moving forward.
Now that you have a vision, you must determine the method by which you will fulfill those goals. Outline your weekly programs; identify the ways that these programs are helping people to grow deeper in ministry. The programs you invest your time in will be your opportunities to fulfill the goals you set when you were outlining your purpose. These are the practical, strategic, and tangible ways that you will do ministry. Make sure the process is effective.
Take this time to outline the organizational structure of your ministry. Outline your volunteers, team leaders, coaches, etc. Every single person involved in your ministry should be strategically placed and invested in so your ministry can accomplish its goals. If you don’t have the organizational structure to support the purpose and the process, you have to resolve those issues first.
These first three areas are crucial to the effectiveness of your ministry action plan. Address these three areas, and you will have a solid foundation as you move forward. If you would like to fill out your own ministry action plan as we go through this process together, check out this template and follow along.
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