Does your church have a sense of direction and vision for the future? The Bible is full of examples of how God works in a purposeful way. God had a design in mind for creation when forming the universes from nothingness. God had a plan for his people as he worked with Israel though the centuries. He had a plan for the salvation of humankind, and though the Son, he accomplished that plan.
If God is purposeful in his activity, he wants his church to be purpose-driven. We use other terms like “missional, intentional, and proactive” to describe how we hope our churches will function.
So how do we go about finding the right vision for a church’s future. In recent years, strategic planning processes have been utilized with varying degrees of success. Some have even suggested that strategic planning is ineffective and irrelevant these days.
In this webinar, Bob Perry assessed the “pros” and “cons” of vision casting and summarized the various approaches that are available. Resources were suggested, and a list of criteria were suggested for determining contextually when to do planning and how to go about it.
This webinar was made available free of charge as a service of Churchnet. It is a part of our Churchnet Leadership Series.
Bob Perry is the Congregational Health Team Leader for Churchnet. He has extensive experience as a pastor and director of missions in Missouri and Virginia. He also served as a missionary to Mexico. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Education, from Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield and Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City. He has broad denominational experience and is the author or co-author of five books including: Models for Multifamily Housing Ministry, Values-based Tactical Planning for Religious Organizations, Pass the Power, Please!, Futuropting – Multiple Scenario Planning for Churches, Congregational Wellness: Help for Broken Churches, and Find a Niche and Scratch It. He has served as a strategy consultant for many congregations.
Click the link below to watch the recording of this webinar.