Before you know it, the fall season will be upon us.  And, you know what that means, right?  It is the season for strategic ministry planning for 2021.  Have you calendared and begun to plan your church’s strategic ministry planning retreat with your leadership team (board/council) yet?  Have you planned for your staff’s (paid and unpaid people leading ministry areas) ministry planning retreat to set objectives for the goals set by the leadership team?  Or, perhaps, does all of this sounds overwhelming or even like gibberish?  No worries, Strategy Matters is your go-to manual to plan, execute and follow up on a strategic planning retreat.  You can find it here:

To help you get in the spirit of strategic ministry planning, here are the Top Three Misses and Top Three Opportunities when it comes to strategic ministry planning.

Top Three Misses

“Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.”  Alan Lakein

  1. When a leadership does not make strategic ministry planning a part of their annual rhythm, they are much more likely to lose sight of their purpose/mission and likely operate in a management mode instead.
  2. Without a strategic planning retreat, there is a missed opportunity for the much needed deep dive into the evaluation of vision, goals, polies, procedures, vital signs, guiding principles and more.
  3. Without a leadership retreat, the leadership team misses the opportunity for team building, establishing a new covenant together for the upcoming year, and a unified sense of direction and ownership in the upcoming year’s church effectiveness.

Top Three Opportunities

“It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.”  Eleanor Roosevelt

  1. Strategic ministry planning provides a clear pathway for both leaders and staff to engage in a collaborative, missional and intentional approach to live into the vision of the church.
  2. Strategic ministry planning sets the gauge for an evaluation of ministry effectiveness in the upcoming year.  Without it, activities would have nothing to align to and leaders would have nothing to evaluate against.
  3. With effective strategic ministry planning, there is a heightened understanding of missional focus, alignment, energy, and momentum at all levels of the church.

As you can see, effectual strategic ministry planning is one of the major keys in creating and sustaining congregational health and vitality.  So, what are you waiting for?  Get your calendar out now and plan these two retreats.  Be sure to pick up a copy of Strategy Matters to help you pull of a great strategic ministry planning retreat!