Long Term Benefits of Strategic Planning

By Chris Vacher

August 09, 2022

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Church strategic planning can feel daunting, but it’s important for churches and pastors to do it to achieve their long-term vision. The process typically includes four steps: setting the direction, doing the analysis, developing the plan, and implementation.

The first step is setting the direction. This involves defining your mission and determining where you want to go. It’s important to stay focused on your mission and not get bogged down in details at this stage. Key leaders should be involved in this process to provide input.

The next step is doing the analysis. This involves studying your current situation and looking at what you need to change or improve to reach your goals. This is where you determine your strategy and tactics.

The third step is developing the plan. This involves creating a roadmap with specific goals and timelines. Again, it’s important to involve key leaders in this process so they can help implement the plan.

The fourth step is implementation. This is where you put the plan into action and start reaching your goals. It’s important to track progress and make changes as needed along the way. The strategic planning process is an ongoing one, so it’s important to revisit it regularly.

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