Message from Brian Lee:
Last Wednesday night the church adopted a plan that will help guide us for the next five years. Because of the importance of this plan, I will be writing a series of articles for the Spire that will explain the overall concept of the plan, along with the specifics. I hope that this will answer more of your questions and will increase your sense of expectancy for the future.
First, I want to address the overall concept of the plan. For years most churches that did any long-range planning followed what I would call a “map” model of planning. By that, I mean that very detailed plans were drawn that identified goals and/or objectives, action plans to reach those objectives, and dateable criteria for evaluation. It is a model that many organizations used beyond the church world in an attempt to be more strategic in their work.
While the “map” approach had many worthy benefits, church leaders have increasingly found that the pace of change quickly made their plans obsolete long before the plan was to expire. So new more adjustable approaches to planning were needed. With this in mind, the ministerial staff followed a more “compass” approach to planning.
This approach identified the general direction to which we sense that God is drawing us. However, unlike the “map” approach, there is less specificity about how to move forward. Instead, details will unfold along the way. This approach requires discernment on our part as we sense the leadership of the Spirit within us as we seek to live into the future God has for us.
This “compass” model led us to identify five big-picture issues that we believe will impact our future as a congregation. In the weeks to follow, I will use this space to explore each of these five issues so that you will be better informed as to what we’re trying to accomplish as a congregation. Then along the way, we will give updates on our progress as we discover more of where God is leading us.
In the meantime, I hope you will continue to pray for our church as we seek to be faithful to the unfolding vision God has for us.