Care Team Retreat

Today is another day out of the office. I will be joining the rest of the Congregational Care team on a retreat at the Ursuline Sister’s Convent in Paola, KS. Among other things we will be sharing our goals and projects as individuals over the next year to help guide our visioning as a team. Here are some of the things that I will be sharing:

  • Continuing Education Retreat for Ordination Papers
  • Equip others for blogging
  • Collaboration with small groups and care
  • Feedback on pastoral counseling
  • Clinical Pastoral Education at St. Luke’s Hospital – Plaza
  • Mentor Ministry as a Career students
  • Internet Campus
  • Vibe Worship Service
  • Discerning involvement in the Open Source Liturgy Project with the General Board of Discipleship

I am really look forward to times away with team members. I am particularly looking forward to this time as it will include new team members – Jeff Clinger, Russell Brown, and Laurie Barnes.

What are you looking forward to in the next six months? How do you plan or retreat as a team?

Business of the Church: Strategic Planning (5 of 5)

This is a part of a series of posts responding to the question: Is the church a business? Today the focus is on strategic planning.

Strategic planning is a part of the culture at Resurrection. From strategic objectives for the entire congregation for the year to goal setting and a review process for each employee it is an important way that ministry is done.

Setting a measurable goal with a date attached to it is one of the key components to strategic planning. Making a goal measurable allows you to determine if it has been completed. Adding a date gives a clear deadline of when it is to be completed. Strategically planning goals and keeping track of completion provides direction and motivation. It can force the congregation to be intentional about what it hopes to accomplish.

While goals are important, what is perhaps more important is the intentionality that comes out of the goal setting process.

Do you see strategic planning as a part of the church? If so, in what way? If not, why not?