Methods: Planning consistently happens in three areas, personal, ministry and organization and on three levels, strategic, tactical and operational

12 Free Resources For Church Vision And Strategic Planning

Today there are many definitions for vision and strategic planning but for the purpose of church based planning the definition I prefer is:

“The process of determining the visionary direction of the church or ministry and then breaking down that overall direction into broad objectives, that are then divided into smaller measurable goals and ultimately to specific tactics.”

And, just as there are many definitions for strategic planning there are a variety of proven approaches to strategic planning. And it can be challenging to discern which approach is right for your church or ministry. Our purpose here is not to recommend a specific approach. But rather to provide a variety of vision and strategic planning examples and exercises that may be used by church leadership to stimulate thinking and to identify high impact strategies and tactics for inclusion in the church’s ministry plan.

  1. Ministry Plan Example
  2. Church Vision Strategy Development Exercise
  3. Four Decisions And Four Questions Of Church Strategic Planning
  4. Church Vision And Organizational Planning Process EXAMPLE
  5. Corporate Spiritual Discernment MAP
  6. Easy to Use Focus Group Feedback Questions for Church Strategic Planning
  7. 30 Sure-Fire Exercises For Church Strategic Planning
  8. Where We Stand Now Current Realities Exercise
  9. Divine DNA Discernment Exercise
  10. Optimize, Change, Clarify, Or Add Church Strategic Planning Exercise Template
  11. Start, Stop, Continue Decision Making Worksheet
  12. Church Or Ministry SWOT Analysis Worksheet

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Posted on December 23, 2020

Jim Baker

Jim is a Church Organizational Leadership and Management Coach, Consultant and Trainer. Throughout his career Jim has demonstrated a passion for showing Pastors and Ministers how to use organizational tools for church and personal growth and health.

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