Every business, regardless of tax-exempt status, applies strategic planning (well, at least in theory!). However, in a ministry, strategic planning has a different dynamic, because someone else is at the table. God.
In the secular world, the answers needed for success must be pulled out of you and your team—from your knowledge, experience, and abilities. In ministry, that same strategic planning process acknowledges that our plans are not good enough alone, nor does our success depend solely on our own skills and abilities. God is the difference maker.
In a church or other faith based organizations, our job as the leader responsible for strategic planning is to be student #1 of where the Spirit is leading us. We live with questions like:
- Where is God active?
- Where is He moving?
- How do we align others around our best strategies, tactics, and activities to join God?
That’s the never-ending challenge—to look for evidence of God, act consistently with where God is moving, and fight off our own agendas. The strategy and solution of where we need to go is best found outside of ourselves and in God’s activity.