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What Does it Mean to Have a Plan?

This week at SOAP, Greg Griffin has been teaching on Strategic Planning. Here is some of what we have been learning.

In the Western world a “plan” is a list of specific tasks to achieve a goal. While in the Eastern mindset a “plan” is similar to a vision or a dream, “I plan to go to Ice Land someday.”

As we communicate our “plans” (visions, dreams), we often create the idea that what we are doing is the only way to reach the goal, when the truth is, there are many different ways to reach the same goal. We need to listen to God with an open mind, relying on His direction for one step at a time, and being willing to adapt our “plans” in order to reach the goal.

Even the vision & mission statements of an organization can be changed, and should be held with open hands, allowing God to be in control and change, add, or remove words or phrases. While the wording and approach may change, the whole direction of the ministry should stay true to the goal. The world will continue to change and we need to adapt in order to be relevant and reach the culture.

If you look at our organization’s foundational values, nowhere do you find anything about “planning.” However, we do several values that talk about hearing God’s voice, following where He leads, and holding our “plans” with open hands, allowing God to direct and even change our path.

3. HEAR GOD’S VOICE – We are committed to creating with God through listening to Him, praying His prayers and obeying His commands in matters great and small. We are dependent upon hearing His voice as individuals, together in team contexts and in larger corporate gatherings. This is an integral part of our process for decision making.

5. BE VISIONARY – We are called to be visionary, continually receiving, nurturing and releasing fresh vision from God. We support the pioneering of new ministries and methods, always willing to be radical in order to be relevant to every generation, people group, and sphere of society. We believe that our apostolic call requires the integration of spiritual eldership, freedom in the Spirit and relationship, centered on the Word of God.

10. FUNCTION IN TEAMS – We are called to function in teams in all aspects of ministry and leadership. We believe that a combination of complementary gifts, callings, perspectives, ministries and generations working together in unity at all levels of our mission provides wisdom and safety. Seeking God’s will and making decisions in a team context allows accountability and contributes to greater relationship, motivation, responsibility and ownership of the vision.

18.COMMUNICATE WITH INTEGRITY – We affirm that everything exists because God communicates. Therefore, we are committed to truthful, accurate, timely and relevant communication. We believe good communication is essential for strong relationships, healthy families, communities and effective ministry.

As we learn about holding our plans with a open hand, it leads to the question of “how will we will keep our supporters, if our “plans” may change?”

That question was answered a couple weeks ago when Chris Failia taught on Personal Leadership Development. He said that supporters invest in us, because of who we are and our relationship with them, and their trust in us to follow God’s lead and His direction for your ministry. We should look for more people like that, rather than trying “sell” our vision.

We are thankful to have such great supporters who believe in us and trust us to follow where He leads, even though the path doesn’t always make sense in the eyes of this world.

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Becky
Becky
Becky is wife to Duane, mama to "Monkey-girl" and baby "Lioness" aka "PipSqueek." She is the administrative powerhouse for YWAM Bend and keeps our team grounded and organized. Her hope is to inspire and encourage other mamas in their journey to raise healthy, thriving families.
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