"No battle plan ever survives a Battle"
One of the best take aways I had from my time spent with Geoff Surratt at the Multisite Journey Group was our first draft of our battle plan for starting a campus in a new community. We were encouraged to draw up our church's battle plan, to the best of our abilities at that time; to make plans and decisions within our control at that moment. Here is what our battle plan, complete with milestones, deadlines and "who's responsible" looked like when we left:
We decided that there were 3 big goals that we needed to identify, give each one some milestones to help us reach them and know who was responsible to carry it out. You can easily see what our goals were and it is pretty cool to see that while there may be some tweaks to our plan, we are trending pretty spot-on and laying a strong foundation for our future goals.
Goal #1 Identify Ministries and Leaders
This one still has some holes in it, but we're hoping that in a few days we'll be able to have more of the question marks filled in with names. We're also believing that once we have our vision night in June laid out, some of the key lay-leaders will also have their names on our list to help us launch it
Goal #2 Secure Facility by August 2014
We have a list of possible spaces, and have contacted a realtor to take us on a tour of a few commercial spaces this Wednesday. You'll see that we're a few days ahead of the "what must be done" list for "contact realtor." Hopefully, after this Wednesday, we'll have some real traction with what option we will go with.
Goal #3 Run 3 Community Connection Points
Because we're entering into a new community, we have to be very proactive in connecting with the community through ministry programs. Our first community connection point is to host a MOPS (Mothers Of Pre-Schoolers) group. Other points include beginning house church (what we call our small groups) hosted by a Neepawa resident and the final one being hosting a kids day camp.
Have you ever set long-term goals this way? How do you do it? Tell us your stories on planning in the comments section below!
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