We spend a great deal of time talking about the importance of planning and preparing. I coach many of my clients on the power of looking ahead; we work together to develop strategies that will help them get to the next level. In life and in ministry, there is nothing more crucial to your success than planning well. [bctt tweet="In life and in ministry, there is nothing more crucial to your success than planning well." username="dukematlock"] We know what we want to see accomplished in our church. We have vision for the future and are motivated to see it come to pass. As we seek to accomplish these goals, we build teams. These teams are typically led by key leaders or staff pastors. We cast vision, delegate tasks, and trust our leaders to help us get where we want to go. But if we want them to achieve and perform well, we have to make sure they know what we are expecting of them. I’m a firm believer that the best way to do this is to work together to create strategies and department specific goals. If you want them to meet your expectations, you have to make sure they are communicated clearly. The most effective way to do this is to develop ministry action plans, or MAPs. Creating these action plans are all about setting your team up for success. At the end of the year, when you’re looking back on how your team performed, you’ll need a measuring stick for success. The MAPs you create today will serve as evaluation tools later. They will help you to be accountable to your goals and to address areas of weakness within your organization. Your MAPs have the ability to take your ministry to the next level. We are responsible not only to make sure we are planning well, but to teach our teams to plan in their own lives and departments. If we want our churches and organizations to build momentum and move forward together, we all need to be on the same page. Creating ministry action plans and sharing them as a team will not only help your team to plan, but will also unite your organization. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be diving into MAPs. We’ll cover how to build them, how to maintain them, and how to evaluate them. My favorite template for ministry action plans comes from Eric Geiger. If you’d like to see an example of what I’m talking about, check out this resource.
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