How to develop an action plan

First published 16th June 2016
Developing a parish action plan, strategy or vision document is a process designed to help churches to prayerfully consider the mission and ministry that God is calling them to.

The process enables a parish to discern its vision for the future, helping it to choose to do a few things well and to plan mission and ministry that allows it to achieve its vision for this time for its community.

Where there is no vision, the people perish. Proverbs 29: 18 (KJV)

There is of course no correct way to do this, the key is finding an appropriate approach for your parish. Remember to be flexible; plans should be able to flex, adapt and change as time progresses. Remain faithful to God's leading, recognizing that He can work through our plans but is not constrained by them

You can take a look at our How to...Develop an Action Plan or Strategy guide, which includes some examples of an action plan written by a fictitious church as its response to the Creating connections toolkit.


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