One of the things that Dusty and I do each week is a planning session for what we are going to discuss on the podcast. This week we got lucky. Dusty was given an assignment for one of the classes he is taking at Gateway Seminary to record a 10 to 15 minute podcast discussing the things he has learned throughout the class. When he read the specifics of the assignment we figured why not kill two birds with one stone. So there you have it, the origins of this weeks episode.
This week we talk about what it looks like to assess the church where it is at in terms of community involvement, demographics, finances, and growth potential. Then once that assessment is taken into consideration (never fully finished but more of a constant on going process) a long term strategic ministry plan can be developed. We talk about what that looks like, who all is involved in the process, and how to assess and evaluate the plan as time goes on.
And of course since this is Married and Replanting we take a few minutes to discuss how this long term strategic planning affects our marriage and our family. We talk about how, especially when you are in a replant/revitalization situation, this long term planning is at minimum a 5 year process. This means we as a family have to make the conscious choice to put down roots in the community we are in. Getting involved in local activities, being intentional with developing lasting relationships within the community, and not having one foot out the door is all necessary for the family to really engage in the long term strategic plan of the ministry.
So grab a cup of coffee, pour yourself a glass of iced tea, or pop open your favorite bottle of soda and join us as we have this weeks conversation about strategic planning and stewardship. Let us know if you think this was worth the 5 out of 5 point grade Dusty received on his homework assignment.