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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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This essay discusses eight behaviors of congregations that learn well.

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This two-page guide examines what to consider when beginning the strategic planning process, outlining the virtues of self-led and consultant-led processes.

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This book of practical tools turns strategic planning into “holy conversations” guided by three critical questions.

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This practical article shares the insights of six congregations who hired strategic planning consultants.

Large donor centered planned gift
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This book revolves around the importance of focusing on the donor and will help congregations build programs of planned giving.

Large beyond fundraising
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This resource covers all aspects of congregational stewardship ranging from the spirituality of giving to the need for strategic planning for fundraising efforts.

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This congregational assessment from Holy Cow Consulting provides benchmark data to inform decisions about identity, clergy search, strategic...

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...

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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 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...

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