It’s hard to believe, but we are almost into the 4th quarter of 2019. As we move closer to the end of the year, it might be a good time to think about your 2020 church planning and what you should be doing now.
There is an old saying, “If you fail to plan – you plan to fail.”
No words have ever had more meaning. It is important to plan.
Planning helps us stay focused on church priorities that move us closer to achieving our mission.
Focused priorities ensure there are the necessary resources available in the next 12 months to support church strategy.
If you haven’t already, now might be a good time to start scheduling those church leadership meetings to discuss plans for 2020.
2020 Church Planning – 7 Things to Talk About
1. Church Strategy
A written church strategy, and planning, are how churches develop members and continue to grow.
The third quarter of the year makes it a great time to revisit the strategy, plans, and current direction for your church.
Focused discussions should include planning for the predictable – as well as the unpredictable.
For instance, if you have an aging staff, include succession planning in your 2020 conversations.
Devote some time to do a SWOT analysis and talk about the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats that face your church.
Brainstorm ways your church can build on its strengths, and address its weaknesses.
For example, look at those things that might be standing in the way of your church fulfilling its mission.
2. Set 2020 Church Goals
Goals can be a tool to translate strategy into actionable steps, and ultimately get things done.
Spend the time to write goals for 2020. Put them on paper and assign responsibility to get them done.
Monitor goals monthly, and manage them through a performance management process.
Church Goals that are written, managed, and achieved are how ministries are able to achieve strategy and move to the next level.
3. Create A Church Budget
Budgeting ensures responsible stewardship of church financial resources.
This process should include looking at how the ministry spends its resources and how it plans to invest in those things that further its mission.
Look also at those capital equipment needs and put a plan and budget in place to ensure the funds are available when needed.
For example, if your soundboard is on its last leg, reserve some resources for next year now so you don’t end up having a Sunday to remember!
4. Learn From Church Volunteers
Volunteers are the engine of the church, and without them, most churches would have to close their doors.
Volunteers have a great perspective and can offer insight into improving operational efficiencies.
Take advantage of this collective knowledge and spend the time and resources to support volunteer efforts!
5. Write Goals For Church Employees
Church employees facilitate the church experience and have special needs.
Burned out employees simply go through the motion, so spend some time finding ways to keep them focused!
Church volunteers and members rely heavily on church employees, so be sure to take care of them!
6. Talk To Church Members
Members have a vested interest in the church. Invest the time in trying to understand the member experience so you can incorporate their needs into a strategy.
Members are the financial engine of the church so talk to them and make sure the church is meeting their needs – within the boundaries of the church mission.
Spend some time focusing on church members and identifying their spiritual and social needs.
For example, if there is an aging demographic in the church body, make a plan and budget some resources to start a program for people over 60. Investing in these groups can pay off big time in donations.
7. Update Emergency Preparedness Plan
It seems like it is almost weekly there are disasters, mass shootings, and unexpected crises erupt. Every church should have a plan to activate in the event of an emergency.
Now is an excellent time to review and update the emergency preparedness plan to ensure your church is ready for the unexpected.
It is only wise to have a plan and know how to respond in the event of an emergency. Who more than the church should be prepared?
Churches are the light of this very dark world and provide the hope for us all. Take the time to plan now for next year. so your church can continue to reach your community.
Have you mapped out a plan for 2020 yet?