In our work with churches around the country, we often find churches operating from a mode of maintenance, very reactionary, rather than from a sense of mission or purpose. This is the result of little or no strategy by church leadership and/or lack of knowledge of what impact the church is making in the community. If your church suddenly disappeared next month would anyone notice? What would happen to the community or people served by the ministries at the church?
Some level of planning (closely followed by implementation, of course) is required in much of what we do in life. For example, when you go to the grocery, do you wander around hoping to find the items you need or are you armed with a list of what to purchase and where? Do you examine the advertisements ahead of time or bring coupons in order to save as much money as possible? Vacations require even more detailed planning and thinking ahead.
Mark Mogilka, author and noted authority on pastoral planning, will be presenting a live, interactive 90-minute webinar on “Strategic Planning” for Christian church staff. This webinar is sponsored by AmericanChurch and Villanova University, and occurs on Wednesday, May 15, at both 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time. Some of the important questions and topics covered are:
- Roles of staff, lay leaders and church members
- Planning models and goal setting
- Plan implementation pitfalls
- Roles of Scripture and discernment
- Current and temporal realities
For more information including how to register, click here.