Strategic planning

This is one approach to planning. It is offered to help groups in the church to be intentional about their work and to prepare material that will help them be accountable to their own calling and to others in our shared life. This document offers some questions to start with, comments of useful process, and some components that will be helpful.

It is important to affirm that there are a number of different models for producing strategic plans.

Why use a strategic planning model at all?

  • Planning processes enable wide participation in setting priorities and development of ministry.
  • Planning helps keep the wider vision to the fore and allows longer-term aims to be developed without being captured by the immediate.
  • Careful planning enhances the ability of the Church effectively to fulfil its mission and ministry mandate.
  • Good planning helps ensure that appropriate resources are made available to local ministry and mission initiatives.
  • Planning should continually refer back to the local setting and specific needs.
  • Planning establishes manageable and achievable objectives.
  • Planning requires evaluation of outcomes.
  • Careful planning and decision-making processes make best use of resources.
  • Careful planning offers the opportunity for the co-ordination of activities, programmes and resources across the regional, national and ecumenical aspects of the church
  • Careful development planning helps the church respond to change and support people through change.

The process

We have found it useful to write the Context sections first. The information needed was already readily available. Compiling this material helped describe and reveal much of the character of the organisation.

These descriptive sections then lead easily to defining vision, mission statement and strategies that are based in reality rather than wishful thinking.

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