Author Kay Kotan writes when we schedule a trip, we
make plans. We first decide on our destination, then look
for a place to stay.
Next, we will likely decide on the transportation for
travel to our destination. After these major plans are
made, we begin to plan activities and perhaps even delve
into meal planning and restaurant reservations.
Before we head out, we likely look at blogs and websites
for the places we plan to visit, to learn about the area
and what it has to offer. We also prepare by packing
clothes, shoes, and other necessities appropriate for our
destination and planned activities.
Kotan writes that she often get negative feedback when
suggesting churches need to undertake strategic ministry
planning. I frequently receive looks of anguish, verbal
“ughs,” or perhaps even gagging sounds. Church leaders
often have unfavorable and feelings about strategic
planning. They have been falsely led to believe that
strategic planning is for corporations and not the church.
In Strategic Planning to Carry Out New Expeditions,
the author shares five main components of a strategic
ministry plan and how churches can begin their journeys
by creating their own plans.