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602 Spiritual Leadership: Section 15, Chapter 5, Mission part1

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The notes based on chapter 5 of Aubrey Malphurs' Advanced Strategic Planning - as used at LTCi, Siliguri

The notes based on chapter 5 of Aubrey Malphurs' Advanced Strategic Planning - as used at LTCi, Siliguri

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  • 1. Section 15 - Developing a Mission9. The Power of Vision10. Vision Has Its PriceCreate a summary of one ofthese chapters.Study chapter 5 in ASPStudy chapters 9-10 inVisioneering.Print an article on vision andstrategic leadership to sharewith your learning team
  • 2. Developing a missionWhat we are supposed to be doing
  • 3. Discovering the core values of achurch is the 1st step of the planningprocess for your church / ministry.The 2nd step is developing aneffective mission statement.Malphurs suggests Jesus thoughtthis so important that after hisresurrection but before the ascensionhe gave the church its mission.Matt 28:19-20, Mark 16:15, Luke24:45-49, Acts 1:8This chapter is about developing aneffective mission statement -describing the church’s port ofdestination.
  • 4. “The development of aneffective, biblical missionstatement should be the goal ofevery church leader.” Malphurs“The task of the leader is todefine the mission” WarrenBennis“What matters is not the leaderscharisma. What matters is theleaders mission. Therefore thefirst task of the leader should beto think through and define themission of the organisation”Peter Drucker
  • 5. Mission answers the vitalquestion: what are wesupposed to be doing,or, where are wesupposed to be going?People need to know thedestination they areheaded for.
  • 6. Why a Mission is Important?It indicates the ministry’s direction.It formulates the ministry’s function.It focuses the ministry’s future. The importanceIt provides a guideline for decision making. of the missionIt inspires ministry unity.It shapes the strategy.It enhances ministry effectiveness.It ensures an enduring organization.It facilitates evaluation.
  • 7. Why a Mission is Important?It indicates the ministry’s direction.It formulates the ministry’s function.It focuses the ministry’s future.It provides a guideline for decision making.It inspires ministry unity.It shapes the strategy.It enhances ministry effectiveness.It ensures an enduring organization.It facilitates evaluation.
  • 8. Why a Mission is Important?It indicates the ministry’s direction.It formulates the ministry’s function.It focuses the ministry’s future.It provides a guideline for decision making.It inspires ministry unity.It shapes the strategy.It enhances ministry effectiveness.It ensures an enduring organization.It facilitates evaluation.
  • 9. It indicates the ministry’s direction“If you don’t know where you’regoing, you might end upsomewhere else” Yogi BerraThe mission of a church answersthe question “where are we going?”It directs us to the target, gives us aport to land at.Adam & Eve - Gen 1:28Moses, Joshua, David, Nehemiah allhad a strong sense of direction - asdid Jesus Mk 10:45 and Paul Acts21:12-14, Rom 15:20
  • 10. It formulates the ministry’s functionYou won’t do well in ministry untilyou define what really matters.What are we supposed to bedoing, what has God called us toperform?In affect you ask: What matters?Mission states your intent - andthe people hear it and nod inagreement.A church must know whatbusiness it is in - and whatfunction it performs.
  • 11. It focuses the ministry’s futureA clear biblical missionserves to bring intofocus the church’sministry future.Conversely: no mission- no future.A future focus stopsyou living in the past.Php 3:12-14.
  • 12. It provides a guideline for decision makingLeaders make decisions - itcomes with the territory.Mission defines boundarieswithin which a church canwork - it tells you when tosay yes and when to say no.A shared mission protectsyou from all the “goodworks” that are notnecessarily part of what theLord has called you to.
  • 13. It inspires ministry unityGod likes unity: Jn17:20-23, Eph 4:3, Psalm133Clear direction in missiongives unity and drawspeople together as a teamor community.It says, “Let’s all pulltogether and we canachieve this”People working togethercan achieve great things.
  • 14. It shapes the strategyMission tells us where we aregoing - strategy tells us how wewill get there. So a strategy isonly as good as the mission itdirects, the mission has to begood and comes first.“Strategy determines whatthe key activities are in agiven business. And strategyrequires knowing what ourbusiness is and should be”Peter Drucker
  • 15. It enhances ministry effectivenessUnderstanding what thechurch wants to do makesyou more effective in yourefforts.Good performance startswith clear direction. Peoplewho know where they aregoing, go the extra mile.
  • 16. It ensures an enduring organizationEvery pastor should try toensure ministry successafter he has gone.A good biblical mission canensure the church goesforward for a long time andhas great success.
  • 17. It facilitates evaluationKnowing what your mission is meansyou can tell if you are doing it orgetting there. 2 Cor 13:5“The church that fails to evaluateits people and its effectivenessas a ministry in light of itsmission does itself aninjustice.otherwise how will thechurch know if it is fulfilling itsmission?”Remember though: mostorganisations, and people, do notlike living under scrutiny!
  • 18. The definition of a mission
  • 19. The Definition of a Mission A mission is broad. A mission is brief. A mission is biblical. A mission is a statement.A mission is what the ministry is supposed to be doing.
  • 20. What a mission is notAlthough Malphurs spends some timedrawing the distinction betweenpurpose and mission this is [arguably]not really relevant to our programme - asample of the argument is given below,Mission is not:Purpose - this answers the whyquestions, why are we here, why dowe exist... Mission answers the whatquestions, what are we meant to bedoing etc.See also the following slidesummarising the issue
  • 21. The Difference between Purpose andMission Purpose MissionQuestion Why do we What are we exist? supposed to be doing?Scope Broad NarrowIntent To glorify God To make disciplesFocus God ManUse Internal and Internal external
  • 22. What a mission isMission is a broad, brief,biblical statement of whatthe ministry is supposed tobe doing. There are 5 pointsto this definition:
  • 23. 1. Mission is broad A good mission is broad,expansive, overarching - it coversall other goals, mandates etc ofthe ministry.Caution should be taken not to betoo broad though - in that caseyou can lose the meaning and notcommunicate what the church willactually do.Picture: broad-winged hawk
  • 24. 2. Mission is briefOne person suggests no more than 75words - others allow more leeway.Biblical examples are usually onesentence:Moses’s mission was to lead God’speople, Israel, out of bondage in Egypt.David’s mission was to shepherd Israeland become their ruler. Nehemiah’smission was to rebuild the walls ofJerusalem.It was suggested that the mission of achurch should be able to fit on a Tshirt.
  • 25. 3. Mission is biblicalThat is it is based on the Bible - we have to ask whatdoes God say our mission is? Malphurs says it issummed up in the Great Commission - and heprovides this chart to summarise it. Making andmaturing disciples at home and around the world was,and always will be, the church’s mission.
  • 26. 4. Mission is a statementThis is simply a way of sayingit must be communicated tothe congregation. Just as theGt Comm. was a verbalstatement articulated by Jesusso we need a clear articulatedmission statement.
  • 27. 5. A mission is what the ministry issupposed to be doingThe functional question - what should webe doing?Gt Comm - make disciplesMalphurs gives 4 questions to ask of anychurch - or their leaders.1. What is this church meant to bedoing?2. What is this church doing?3. Why are you not doing what you aresupposed to be doing?4. What will it take for you to change anddo what you are supposed to be doing?
  • 28. Question 1 asks people tothink biblically2 asks them if they havemissed Christ’s directive - arethey retirement centres,community or youth centresetc.3 is very pointed - Malphurssuggests it can producesilence!4 asks about willingness toobey Christ

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