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A Proposal (Vision Plan) for Church Growth in 2009

By Kennya F. Durr, May 15, 2009

Why is strategic planning or vision formulation important for us as a church family? Consider these questions: · · · · · · Why do we exist? What needs in the community would not be met if our church were not around? What are we like now, and how do we want to be different in 1, 3, 7 years from now? What resources (spiritual, people, financial, facilities) are at our disposal? Why do people come to our church rather than another? To what kinds of people and groups are we best prepared to minister? What are their needs? What is the "personality" of our church ­ the internal culture or climate?

What strategic planning IS NOT:

What strategic planning IS: Strategic planning is important because it helps us to answer these questions. It helps us create a roadmap for our local initiatives, it's a process that helps forge consensus and ownership for key decisions. It becomes a tool for setting direction and keeping the focus on the MAIN thing, setting a framework for accountability. Vision and mission statements provide a backdrop for the previous questions. They help define the context

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for our initiatives and set a scope for activities. This church growth and development proposal will put forward the following areas for consideration: · · · · · Vision: a statement of the ideal, of what "ought to be". Mission: a statement defining purpose. Answers two questions: What is going to be done? Why it is going to be done? Strategies: Broad statements that describe how the mission will be attained and identify effective approaches (can change over time). Objectives: Specific and measurable goals that answer two questions: When will results be attained? What will be accomplished? Action Steps: a set of specific activities to accomplish objectives.

So to facilitate the development of Main Street's strategic 1-year plan for church growth and development, we need to look at several components: 1) Biblical Imperatives, 2) Vision Statement, 3) Mission Statement, 4) community issues and needs, 5) Strategies, 6) Objectives, and 7) action steps. Let us begin by looking at some very basic biblical imperatives to the church... "God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." John 4:24 "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you." - Matthew 6:33 ...`You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,' and `your neighbor as yourself.' - Luke 10:27 "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven." - Matthew 5:16 "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" - Matthew 28:19 "...to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church..." - Ephesians 3:10 "If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples." - John 15:7-8

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Do these seven passages provide any revelation (vision) for us as a congregation? Can we truthfully, sincerely, and honestly say that we collectively as a congregation have put our best foot forward in attempting to fulfill these very basic scriptural imperatives? Can we see a common "vision" for Main Street in 2010 in light of these scriptures? Here's a suggestion: VISION STATEMENT: "Main Street is a congregation that is walking worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. A culture of standing fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel. Our real goal is for everyone to be sharing the Gospel, the good news of our salvation, with those around us."

- Colossians 1:10, Philippians 1:27

Two critical components of a strategic plan are defining a mission statement and framing a set of objectives. Defining a mission statement is an important first step in formulating a strategic plan. Once a mission statement has been developed, another important step is to think through the goals and objectives that we want to achieve. MISSION STATEMENT (DRAFT): A) We are actively involved in the work of the ministry, and like Jesus our outreach is holistic. Why? Again, scriptural imperatives...let us breakdown what a Christ-like outreach looks like to answer why: "for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost." - Luke 19:10 When Jesus heard it, He said to them, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance." - Mark 2:17

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"The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD." - Luke 4:18-19 "Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith." - Galatians 6:10 B) We are actively involved in the perfecting of the saints, and like Jesus we model our discipleship (learning, then doing / faith + works / milk vs. meat). Why? Again, scriptural imperatives...let us breakdown what a Christ-like education looks like to answer why: "as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby," 1 Peter 2:2 "yet in the church I would rather speak five words with my understanding, that I may teach others also, than ten thousand words in a tongue." - 1 Corinthians 14:19 "The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach," ­ Acts 1:1 "that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height-- to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God." - Ephesians 3:16-19 "And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also." - 2 Timothy 2:2 C) We are actively involved in the edification of the body, in order to produce a spiritual culture of persevering in one spirit and mind striving together for the faith of the gospel. Why? Again, scriptural imperatives...let us breakdown what building up the "bride of Christ" looks like to answer why: "By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another." John 13:35

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"Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others." - Philippians 2:3-4 "Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching." - Hebrews 10:23-25 "Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers." - Ephesians 4:29 "Even so you, since you are zealous for spiritual gifts, let it be for the edification of the church that you seek to excel." - 1 Corinthians 14:12 Recap... MISSION STATEMENT: "We are actively involved in the work of the ministry, and like Jesus our outreach is holistic. We are actively involved in the perfecting of the saints, and like Jesus we model our discipleship both learning, doing, and teaching others to do the same. We are actively involved in the edification of the body, in order to produce a spiritual culture of persevering in one spirit and mind striving together for the faith of the gospel." STRATEGIES: I can show you better than I can tell you, this is what we all have to get on the "same page" about, and we should already know how to individually participate in making sure we follow these strategies as a whole. 1) Getting everyone (members, non-members) into the core leveraging relationships:

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2) Actively promote Christian growth and development, no one should be content where they are in their individual walk of faith:

3) Getting everyone to move from fellowship to discipleship and ministry using their S.H.A.P.E:

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4) Getting everyone in the core to actively participate in doing the following, to be the "salt of the earth", to have a transformational ministry because they have been changed:

OBJECTIVES: Need to be clear, concise, and measurable (K.I.S.S., S.M.A.R.T., etc.), should incorporate community issues and needs ­ still working on, in progress. But church calendar will be a collaboration based on core members volunteering to do things they are passionate about, in essence everyone who is interested will play a part in formulating Christ's care plan for the community! Sample Objectives: Canvass 1,500 homes in the next 3 years 20 members will go through the gospel presentation materials and do atleast one presentation to a non-member in the next 6 months 10 members will reach out to delinquent, inactive, or new members and teach them how to teach the gospel presentation in the next 6 months Publish a collaborative community newsletter with positive encouragement messages from members along with highlights of our community outreach and programs, prayer requests, and quarterly calendar...then mail these out to our canvassing database in July, Sept, and November Each of the men will coordinate a small group ministry by 4th Quarter, and will partner with one other church member to coordinate a regular church calendar activity in the next several months. We want to have atleast four capable, sound in doctrine, faithful teachers for each class/age group by January 2010 so that in the new year we can have everyone rotate on quarters (teach for 13 weeks, off rest of the year...again, don't want burn-out). By January 2010, build an in-house media library of sermons, class discussions, for people to use as a resource to re-teach previous series of lessons to new members and for outreach (i.e. visitor welcome package).

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ACTION STEPS: These are some specific action items that will help facilitate our ability to enact the vision, mission, and strategies already stated: · Men's / Ladies class every 2nd and 4th Sunday (Morning class at 10 a.m., worship 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., light refreshments served afterwards then men's/ladies classes from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., if there is an evening service it will be abbreviated from 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m, the responsibility for officiating it will rotate among the faithful men (atleast 2 per week) and there is no expectation for people who have attended the morning worship to attend this because we don't want burn-out).

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Since 5th Sunday will typically be some sort of event like Friend's & Family day, and 2nd through 4th Sundays will be busy, it is proposed that 1st Sunday be considered a rest Sunday, where there will be no activities, and perhaps no evening service so core members don't get "burnt out".

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Community Outreach every 3rd Sunday which will be considered "casual Sunday" or dress down Sunday, optionally a change of clothes could be brought (Morning class at 10 a.m., worship 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., light refreshments served afterwards then break into four groups for nursing home, canvassing, delinquent/visitor outreach, and mailing volunteers from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., canvassing will simply be introduction of church to community and qualifying our contact database, will offer services like intercessory prayer requests with follow up and whatever ministries we have to assist them in their needs. No bible classes at the door, must be scheduled. if there is an evening service it will be abbreviated from 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m, the responsibility for officiating it will rotate among the faithful men (atleast 2 per week) and there is no expectation for people who have attended the morning worship to attend this because we don't want burn-out).

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We will look into the possibility of moving the Hilda's Place outreach to the homeless from 4th Saturday to 3rd Sunday (same time as all the other outreach), then we would could have five small groups all working on a different aspect of community outreach, on the day most effective for getting maximum participation. Also, look at follow up services to help the clients of Hilda's Place who need transitional housing and employment, so when they do become members, we can retain them by being able to help meet their needs.

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We will continue to build a community database of qualified contacts, from which we will send a community newsletter (similar to Heart-to-heart, house-to-house) which will contain collaborative messages of encouragement, glimpses/reports on our outreach ministries, prayer requests and answered prayer updates, upcoming events and activities to draw people in. A bulk mail permit will be required, initial schedule quarterly -> bi-monthly -> eventually monthly basis.

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All ministry activities (corporate in the church building, or abroad in small groups) must have a community outreach component to them and can not be solely for edification purposes (our process for activity is Reach Up, Reach In, and Reach Out). 4th Sunday could be a rest Sunday, with nothing planned and no evening service

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4 more weeks of evangelism training on Wednesday nights from FreedHardeman lesson on Early Church Growth, then 4 more weeks just dealing with the gospel presentation flip chart. After that, 40 weeks of Purpose Driven life materials to be covered on both Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights.

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Church Windows will be implemented to automate financial records, generate giving statements, track pledge vs. actual giving, track attendance, generate membership directory, track visitors and visitation.

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Men will need to volunteer on monthly basis to officiate different parts of service, we will post this in bulletin and on bulletin board (i.e. class teachers, communion, announcements, song leader, etc). Song leaders should have there selections picked out in advance so they can be noted in weekly bulletin. Each Wednesday night for one month at a time we will practice a new song (contemporary) and then the following month add that to or worship song rotation (can get ideas from the youth).

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Interim agreement will be drawn up for atleast 6 months, afterwards church will assess and make formal offer up. The church growth plan is a 1 year plan, we will meet quarterly to evaluate progress in all areas (attendance, contributions, expenses, outreach, feedback, encouragement, etc)

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The following capital purchases have been suggested for the next 12 months:

Membership, Contribution, Accounting $750 $379

CD/DVD duplication system (1 to 5) $360

24 Freestanding Electric Range with 3.0 cu. ft. Oven Capacity $500

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