A decade ago when I left the “business world” to jump into full-time vocational ministry I did it for two reasons.
- I loved the time I spent volunteering at church more than the time I spent at work.
- I believed many churches had tons of unreached potential, and if they could reach it, their impact in carrying out God's mission would be huge.
I knew I wanted to do everything possible to help churches reach their full potential and the best way to do that would be to devote my full-time energy to it. Most of my energy would go towards working for a local church while the rest would be spent helping other churches and church leaders through coaching, consulting and building networks where everyone could learn from each other.
A New Thing I'm Doing
When I get the opportunity to work with other churches and church leaders we're usually doing the Coaching Process or a collection of Consulting Modules. In both of those we look at the 30,000 foot level and talk about vision and strategy. However, we rarely get to focus on that enough and some churches struggle to implement the plans we develop during our time together. For a few years I have been looking forward to offering a new service to help churches through a system proven to help churches grow. Enter Church StratOp.
Church StratOp (Stragetic Operations Planning)
Church StratOp is a 3-day guided process developed by Tom Paterson and used by hundreds of consultants to help thousands of churches and businesses by doing the following:
- Gives you perspective on all of the strategic, financial and operational parts of your church.
- Helps you know where you stand.
- Clarifies where you should go.
- Gives you a customized plan on how to get there.
StratOp Facilitators use 25 customized tools to guide teams through the 6 phases of the StratOp process: Perspective, Planning, Action, Structure, Management, Renewal
This week I'm in Chicago, IL, being trained and certified in this process. I'm excited to share this with other churches because I know it can help them reach their full potential.