Kingdom Strategic Planning
Kingdom Strategic Planning is Purpose and Destiny Discovery on an organizational level.
Kingdom Strategic Planning is a process that a church or ministry intentionally engages in for the purpose of identifying their overall mission, vision and values and to identify a means of achieving these with the end result being the furtherance of the Kingdom of God.
First, a little about the word “planning”. Jeremiah 29.11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” God is the master planner and we must recognize Him as being the master planner.
When we say “planning”, we are not talking about plans that originate from our human wisdom, experience and strength. We are talking about seeking, identifying, clarifying and articulating “blueprints” from the Master Planner. The plans come from God, but they are received from God and communicated by a human. We must always remember Jeremiah 10.23, “I know, LORD, that our lives are not our own. We are not able to plan our own course” (NLT).
Kingdom Strategic Planning involves:
Positioning ourselves to hear and receive from the Master Planner.
The Lord speaking.
Writing the vision down.
Casting the vision to others so that they can run with it.
In the first chapter of Habakkuk, the prophet is complaining to the Lord because he does not see God moving and doing what he promised. He sees the righteous in distress while the wicked have no worries. In chapter 2 of Habakkuk, the prophet positions himself to hear the Lord’s answer to his complaints. Verses 1-3 say:
I will take my stand at my watchpost and station myself on the tower, and look out to see what he will say to me, and what I will answer concerning my complaint. And the Lord answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.
God told Habakkuk that He would do everything that he said, in the “appointed time”. It may hasten, you may not see it yet, but it will not lie, it will come. But first God told the prophet to, “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.”
Many times church and ministry leadership do not have a clear “blueprint” from heaven. They have a calling, they have the gifting, they have a vision (or pieces of a vision), but is it from heaven and is it articulated in such a way that others can clearly understand it and run with it?
Just as every person is unique and has a unique purpose, so every church and ministry has a unique purpose and destiny. Yes, there is just one universal church, the Body of Christ, but that body is made of many varying parts, each uniquely different. Christian individuals are not (or should not be) shaped from a cookie-cutter and neither should churches and ministries.
Yes, there are universal forms and there are universal norms, but within those forms and norms is much freedom. Church growth and “how to” materials are valuable aids, but are not meant to replace a unique, personalized blueprint directly from heaven.
Impact Purpose and Destiny helps churches and ministry organizations in discovering who they are and aids them in clearly articulating what is the mission, vision and values that God has given them. We will work closely with the leadership coaching them through strategic planning, but not our strategic plans. We are simply facilitators to help pull out the “gold” that is in the ministry. Impact Purpose and Destiny will come alongside and help the ministry pull out what is already inside. We help ministries to discover, refine, codify and articulate the mission, the vision and the values that God has purposed for them. This process then allows the ministry to run with it, leading to God’s purposes coming to fruition and their destiny being fulfilled.
For more information on Kingdom Strategic Planning for your church or ministry, please contact us for an initial consultation.