Let’s face it. Life is intense and time-consuming. It often takes everything you have just to keep up with the routines of managing people and tasks—at work and at home. Sometimes at a church conference, you’ll hear phrases likelong-range planning, vision, strategic planning, and you might think, “That stuff sounds great for people who have a lot of time, but I’m treading water just keeping up with the day-to-day functions of my job.”
The fact is that a collaborative and thoughtful visioning process will help your church in the areas where you’re most burdened: time management, priorities, responsibilities and leadership challenges. Developing a strategic plan, looking at the organizational structures and processes, and addressing some of the actions and practices of the culture at your church will maximize the effectiveness of the church’s mission and take the church from good to great.
So, how do you know when your church should invest the precious time, effort and money it takes to do a visioning process? Here are six clues: [Read more…]