Are you working to challenge yourself to grow and change personally? Are you working to help an organization grow and change? As the saying goes, if you are not moving forward, growing, you are dying. Here are some things I am using on this journey of personal and organizational growth.
Through the years I have had the opportunity to serve with some incredibly capable leaders. One leader used a process for long range planning that helped teams think about:
- Ministry – What do we believe our Mission and Vision is for the future?
- Personnel – Who will it take on a staff team to complete the Mission?
- Facilities – What physical resources will be needed to accomplish the Mission?
This type of planning set us up years ago to experience what is reality today! As a matter of fact, much of this plan is still in place. But we can see clearly the need to update and adjust. Here are two key ways we are currently doing that:
CAMPUS AND FACILITIES
Our campus now pairs two separate church campuses as one. The church is experiencing great growth. How do we expand the current campus for growth now and in the future? How do we marry the two campuses to be one, parking, flow, ministry outlets? Thankfully we have a Long Range Planning team in place. And this group has hired an architectural firm skilled in campus master planning to help us! I am hopeful this journey and the insights of this group, and our prayers, will guide us to a plan that will bless for years to come.
We are also working with a leadership consultant on strategic development. Lead staff are entering into a process of team growth, mission renewal and strategic planning. We are seeking a fresh mission, and accountability of clear objectives. It would be easy to simply say “let’s grow,” or to keep running headlong into busy-ness. Instead, we want to take a fresh look at our community, our mission, and our responsibility to do what is before us.
This year is a bigger one for me. I turn 50, and will have been in ministry for 30 years. Much like strategic planning on the organizational front, I am working through the same process personally. What is my mission, am I equipped to handle the changes ahead? Last year I completed specialized training that was fulfilling and is a meaningful tool in my own mission.
A key book that is fitting for this season is Didn’t See It Coming by Carey Nieuwhof. His frank transparency in sharing his story of navigating life-change has been encouraging! He shares practical steps and biblical insights for staying fresh, energized and living fully. Whether you are turning 30, 40, 50 or beyond – get this book.
If I can help you on your personal and organizational growth journey I would be honored to do so! Find out more HERE.