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Planning Ahead

Plan for the next two to four years. Planning beyond four years is challenging when the world moves so fast. Keep your strategy relevant by planning for a shorter period and revisiting it more frequently. 

Strategic Planning

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Use a strategic planning process to focus your congregation’s future direction and make congruent decisions according to religious claims and commitments.

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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The Transforming Church Insight (TCI) assessment tool has been a helpful learning tool for many different kinds of congregations. The tool has proven helpful because it focuses on topics often not...

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

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Are you looking for a quick overview of strategic planning and a way to make sense of terms like mission, vision, strategies, objectives, SMART goals, and action plans? See the full strategic...

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Now in its third edition, this classic resource explains why planning is so important to carrying out mission. Dr. Aubrey Malphurs is the senior professor of leadership and pastoral ministry at...

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A living, dynamic document is an important tool for maintaining focus and discipline on executing the strategic plan. “Preparing an Annual Congregational Plan Book” is one of 34 free “Church...

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Who participates in strategic planning in the large congregation? While overall responsibility for creating a strategic plan resides with the governing board, many large congregations believe that...

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While there are many resources available for self-directed strategic planning, some congregations choose to partner with a consultant who can bring experience, knowledge, and an objective voice to...

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In the early stage of any strategic planning process, it is critical to take a close look at the congregation and the community in order to clearly understand the needs of people both inside and...

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Understanding how God calls us to engage in God’s work is the crux of strategic planning. Many denominations have taken action to support congregational planning by building online repositories of...

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Give your vision a litmus test. Increase your culture of collaboration. Create a “stop doing” list - and then execute it. Schedule a benchmarking trip to a larger, faster-growing church. Write down...

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Now in its second edition, this book offers practical guidelines and tools to help congregations claim and expand upon their strengths and become stronger and healthier. Kennon Callahan is a...

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An effective governance model enables a congregation to fulfill its mission by continually balancing “the transforming power of religion and the stabilizing power of organization.” Former Alban...

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Around the planning tables in many congregations, leaders continue to search for a magic bullet for growth, often in the exhausted areas of marketing or technology. New York Times best-selling...

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