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Where You Are
Stop for a moment and consider your surroundings. You know where you are and you know how you got there. You occupy a space that has a name and you can look around and find ways to identify and describe it.
This is the starting line for any action plan—knowing where you are. Simply put, you have to know where you are in order to launch out and go somewhere else.
It’s important to start any planning effort with discovery. Gathering new facts, data and other information about your church and community is the best way to clearly assess the current situation and plot the best course forward.
1 | Discover
Discovery on three levels is a crucial first step in developing a ministry action plan. Gather information in three ways:
- Internal Trends – Review church health indicators to reveal where ministry is working and where it isn’t.
- Community Research – Learn more about your community.
- Outreach Focus – Identify the church’s outreach focus—your target.