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What is program planning?

Program planning is a process by which an idea becomes a reality as a new project, activity or initiative. This involves identifying an idea worth pursuing, exploring possibilities, choosing a direction, incorporating resources, learning new skills, letting go of competing commitments, taking on operational tasks, and evaluating the results.

 

More about program planning


  • If implementing your project idea is beyond your current ability, your congregation will want to focus on learning. Read this blog on congregational learning.

  • Take time to clearly define the challenge or reason for the new program. Throughout the learning journey be willing to adjust those definitions as needed.

  • Any program or initiative worth doing will create disappointment somewhere along the road to implementation. Being aware of that reality builds resilience to help you overcome those setbacks.  

 

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Your congregation is likely working on something new right now. You may be exploring the possibility of a youth mission trip. Or maybe your finance team wants to take an entirely new approach to...

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Many congregational leaders know the importance of clear mission and vision statements. However, congregational leaders are less capable at enacting plans.

Years ago, Kennon Callahan described...

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Congregations learn well when they slow things down.

Creating a sense of urgency makes sense when striving to get ahead in a capitalistic economy, but it isn’t always helpful for congregational...

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Large the learning congregation
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Faith communities that effectively meet new challenges and opportunities have some behaviors in common. In this essay, a veteran pastor and president of the Indianapolis Center for Congregations...

Large local church planned giving manual
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This is a very practical resource from the United Church of Christ, designed to help congregational leaders develop and manage a congregational Planned Giving ministry. It includes key information...

Large beyond fundraising
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Beyond Fundraising covers all aspects of congregational stewardship and fundraising in short, practical chapters. It targets Unitarian congregations and assumes that tradition’s governance, but the...

Large holy conversations
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Much of the literature on congregational planning presents it as a technical process: the leader serves as the chief problem solver, and the goal is finding the solution to the problem. Alban...

Large strategic plan using resources
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Every congregation should periodically engage in strategic planning, according to experts and seasoned congregational leaders. This two-page guide highlights a number of things to think about as...

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Your congregation is growing. Or it is in decline. Or you’re facing a major staff turnover. These are just a few of the motivations that can prompt a strategic planning process. This article from...

Large horizons
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This fundraising company, based in Arkansas, has a staff of consultants who provide a wide range of strategic ministry and stewardship planning services, led by Dr. J. Clif Christopher, United...

Large church assessment tools
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The Church Assessment Tool (CAT), created by {{Holy Cow Consulting | https://holycowconsulting.com/}}, helps those seeking accurate data in preparation for one or more of the following: pastoral...

Large evaluating your ministry
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This brief article advocates for ministry and program evaluation and overcoming discomfort with evaluation to include it in intentional and effective ways. It begins by noting that evaluation...

Large projects that matter
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This book brings the process of formal and systemic program and project evaluation into congregations and religious organizations. It includes numerous examples from congregational and...

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