Just as overall church vision and extended values direct the development of quantifiable goals, so it is with the creation of strategies. Strategies are the choices you make to achieve your vision, values and goals. They form the plan of attack to mobilize the church for ministry.
Ask the “why” question. Why do we make the choices we make in ministry? What can we do to leverage limited resources for maximum kingdom impact?
Key Strategic Areas
Clarified ministry vision naturally leads to strategic focus points. These focus areas or priorities differ from one church to another, but most churches will center on Bible-based priorities such as The Great Commission or the five purposes of the New Testament church. Possible frameworks for ministry strategy might include:
- Church Purposes – Outline what the church will do in evangelism, discipleship, ministry, missions and worship.
- The Great Commission – Go, baptize and disciple.
- The Great Commandment – Love God and love others as yourself.
- Priority Areas – God may lead your church to strategically important areas. They can be areas of strength or weakness.
- Family Ministry – Family ministry teams minister to families in various life stages in seven key areas: small groups, assimilation, discipleship, evangelism, leader development, missions and pastoral care.
- Scripture & Ministry Focus Points – God may reveal special insight into His plans for your church in His Word.