Where are you going?
How do you get there?
These are key questions for individuals and for congregations that are essential for strategic planning. I have learned the practice of annual goals as an employee and annual strategic goals for the congregation while here at Resurrection. As Stephen Covey would suggest, begin with the end in mind. I have found that setting a measurable goal with a target date to be effective in helping me move forward in ministry and in my personal development. I hope to continue to grow in this area and utilize this skill set in the arenas to which God calls me.
I believe that this will be an important role no matter what future church setting I might find myself in.
- What have you found to be helpful in this area?
- Are there any resources or events that you would recommend?
Over the past three days, I have highlighted some of the characteristics that I hope to develop as a church leader. I am interested in your thoughts and passion. What are characteristics as a leader that you would like to develop?
6 replies on “I want to be an excellent strategic planner.”
Have you read “Let go of the Ring”? I am a strategic planner and found it very helpful.
I tried letting go of the ring, but its grip on me was far too strong. Maybe the ring needs to let go of me…
Bart – I have not read it, but it is now on my list
deviantmonk – is this the one ring to rule them all, one ring to find them, one ring to bring them all…?
I can’t really comment…I was told to “keep it secret, keep it safe.”
we are all speaking of the same ring
[…] I want to be an excellent strategic planner and have been thinking more about how this works in the United Methodist Church. I suggest that it is important to look at a strategic plan for several years into the future. I recognize that a plan will include specific goals for each year, but there needs to be a long range overall mission and vision that directs these goals. […]