Spiritual Leadership: Section 17, Chapter 7, Ministry Strategy


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The notes based on chapter 7 of Aubrey Malphurs Advanced Strategic Planning - as used at LTCi, Siliguri

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Spiritual Leadership: Section 17, Chapter 7, Ministry Strategy

  1. 1. INTRODUCING THE MINISTRY STRATEGY The final step in the strategic planning process Malphurs, Advanced Strategic Planning, Chapter 7
  2. 2. Navigators start with theirdestination port in mind and thendetermine how to get there - that issimple strategic navigation. This isdone through mission (knowingwhere you are going) and vision(seeing where you are going). Nowthe question is how will we getthere? How will we have to act?So in preparing for the strategyprocess you have to conduct a carefulministry analysis. This revealsinadequacies and motivates askingwhat could be.
  3. 3. You have to ask: how will you getwhere you want to be?In this you devise a strategybackwards from the future notforward from our past.This chapter teaches leaders howto develop a strategy to realise themissions they have articulatedand the dreams they see.Moses led the Israelites strategicallythrough the wilderness. Nehemiahhad a strategy in chapters 3-6. Jesusstrategically trained disciples andgave them a mission.
  4. 4. How will we get where we wantto be?How will we realise our ministrydream?How will God use this ministryto accomplish his ends?How will we successfully sail toour port of destination?We need a biblical strategicstructure to guide the operationaland strategic decisions of daily lifeand direction in the church.
  5. 5. Malphurs suggests that there are 5stages (strategy activities) to this -each of these take a chapter of thebook (we shall not have time to coverthem in class).1. Discovering the ministrycommunity2. Making mature disciples3. Building a ministry dreamteam4. Determining the best ministrysetting5. Raising the necessary finances
  6. 6. The overall process has been:Values discoveryMission developmentVision developmentStrategydevelopment ( thearea we are now considering)
  7. 7. THE IMPORTANCE OF A STRATEGYAs ever you have to beconvinced you need this -otherwise effort and results willbe half hearted at best!
  8. 8. STRATEGY ACCOMPLISHES THE MISSION AND VISIONA church strategy is reflected inwhat it does - ask if yourstrategy is a good one toaccomplish your mission andvision? Malphurs suggests youcan see a bad strategy whenpeople are going through themotions but accomplishingnothing much apart frommaintenance.
  9. 9. STRATEGY ACCOMPLISHES THE MISSION AND VISIONGood strategy moves thecongregation from where theyare spiritually to where Godwants them to be. So it deliversin ensuring the churchaccomplishes what god has saidto it.
  10. 10. STRATEGY FACILITATES UNDERSTANDINGIn many older, established churchesno one asks questions about why arewe doing this? Often people justassume this is the way we havealways done it.Ministry strategy ties all areastogether and gives them meaning -programmes are built aroundstrategies. Within this eachprogramme builds to the whole, notstanding on its own.
  11. 11. STRATEGY PROVIDES A SENSE OF SPIRITUAL MOMENTUMMalphurs cites a survey of over4000 Christians which found morethan 65% said they were static orsliding back in their walk as adisciple. People who understoodand were involved in their church’sstrategy showed the opposite trend.Rick Warren’s church use thebaseball diamond shown as theirpattern for strategic growth - thereis no “stationary” time.
  12. 12. STRATEGY PROVIDES A SENSE OF SPIRITUAL MOMENTUMMalphurs cites a survey of over4000 Christians which found morethan 65% said they were static orsliding back in their walk as adisciple. People who understoodand were involved in their church’sstrategy showed the opposite trend.Rick Warren’s church use thebaseball diamond shown as theirpattern for strategic growth - thereis no “stationary” time.
  13. 13. STRATEGY INVESTS GOD’S RESOURCES PROPERLYPeople have talent’s time and treasurethat God has given them.“To invest our talent’s time andtreasure in a ministry that has nodisciple making strategy andtherefore is going nowhere is a pooruse of God’s resources...investingone’s blessings in such a church mayserve to hinder God’s plan bykeeping their doors open”Does your church need to close?
  14. 14. STRATEGY DISPLAYS WHAT GOD IS BLESSINGEvangelism, fellowship, worship,teaching etc. Are timeless activitiesthat the church has to engage in -how these are performed changesover time and therefore they will notbe done in the same way in 2012 as in1812. Times change, culture changesand the church has to adapt its format times to these even if the functionremains the same. What forms isGod blessing in your church?
  15. 15. THE DEFINITION OF A STRATEGYA strategy is the process thatdetermines how your ministry willaccomplish its mission.A MissionEvery strategy needs a mission. No goodnavigator sets off not knowing where heis going. Unfortunately many churchesdo not have a strong sense of direction(mission) though they do have a strategyof sorts. They can answer functionquestions but not mission ones.
  16. 16. Malphurs has said the mission ofthe church is the Gt. Comm. Achurch has to regularly ask3questions of itself:1. What are we supposed to bedoing?2. Are we doing it?3. If not, why not?Malphus suggest many churcheshave become niche churches -specialising in one area of theGC but ignoring the whole of it.
  17. 17. A Process - a strategy moves peoplefrom pre-birth through birth tomaturity or christlikeness (inspiritual terms) - this has to be donefor the whole church usingprogrammes which include all notonly some.The How - a good strategy asks thehow questions (vision and missionask about what) - how will we dowhat we are supposed to be doing?E.g. How will we make disciples, howwill we reach the lost...
  18. 18. The kinds of strategies - yourpersonal strategy enables you toaccomplish God’s plan for yourlife. The church’s corporatestrategy does not remove apersonal responsibility tomature. Additionally eachdepartment, youth etc. will needto have their own strategy whichfits into the umbrella of thechurch’s strategy.
  19. 19. THE STRATEGY FOR YOUR MINISTRYThe preparation stageslooked at previously willhave a powerful impact inthe way your strategy isdeveloped.Discovering the core values- drives the strategyDeveloping a mission -directs the strategyCreating a vision - energisesthe strategy
  20. 20. THE STRATEGY FOR YOUR MINISTRYValues mission and visionare pretty much timeless -and the core elements ofstrategy will not change(community, disciplemaking, team building,ministry setting, finances).
  21. 21. Community for ministry willalways exist - but it will change asculture changes - so yourstructure, practices, systems,policies etc. will change in linewith this but still being firmlygrounded in values, mission etc. Ifa ministry freezes and stopsmaking changes then it starts todie.Malphurs’ general church strategyhas 5 components as we sawearlier, and for each there are keystrategic questions to be answered:
  22. 22. 1. Discovering theministry community2. Making maturedisciples3. Building a ministrydream team4. Determining the bestministry setting5. Raising the necessaryfinancesEach of these asks keystrategic questions:
  23. 23. 1. Discovering the 1. Whom are we trying toministry community reach?2. Making mature 2. What are we attemptingdisciples to do for them?3. Building a ministry 3. Who will do this fordream team them?4. Determining the best 4. Where will this takeministry setting place?5. Raising the necessary 5. How much does it cost?financesEach of these asks keystrategic questions: