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Title: Developing a Missions Strategy That Fits Your Church


1
Developing a Missions StrategyThat Fits Your
Church
  • Part III Getting Started and Getting It Done
  • Process and Implementation

David Mays
2
David Mays
  • Director of Learning Initiatives for The Mission
    Exchange
  • Ministry Training, resources, and networking to
    help church and mission leaders
  • Dream A movement of churches centered on The
    Great Commission
  • www.DavidMays.org

3
PROCESS
  • A. Guiding Principles
  • B. Process Steps

4
A. Guiding Principles
  • Key Leader Involvement
  • Include Your Missionaries
  • Prayer
  • Consensus
  • Research
  • Proactive
  • Continuity
  • Open to Future Scrutiny

5
Key Leader Involvement
  • What may happen if key leaders are not involved?
  • Who needs to be involved in developing the
    strategy?
  • Whose input needs to be solicited or considered?
  • What issues or problems do you anticipate?
  • Are there prayer items here?

6
Include Your Missionaries
  • Let them know in advance.
  • Update yourself on their vision, goals,
    strategies.
  • Ask for their input.
  • Consider how their ministry relates to your
    hopes.
  • Reassure them.

7
Prayer
  • If we want Gods direction, we must ask for it.
  • If we want wisdom, we must ask for it.
  • If we want harmony, we must ask for it.
  • If we want commitment, we must ask for it.
  • How might you pray for this process?
  • How might you help others pray?
  • Prayer moves us beyond our small agendas to his
    big ones.

8
Consensus
  • When we listen, we learn.
  • When we solicit broad input we have a better
    understanding of where we are beginning.
  • The loudest voice may not make the best decision.
  • When people are heard, they are more likely to
    commit to the end product.
  • Decisions made by all are better than those made
    by one.

9
Research
  • What do we need to know?
  • How do we learn what our leaders know and want?
  • How will we get key information on needs and
    opportunities in the world?
  • What will we do with what we learn?
  • How will we research our current ministries?

10
Proactive vs. Reactive
  • How do we set direction and make decisions? Are
    we
  • Request Driven?
  • Relationship Driven?
  • Purpose Driven?
  • Involvement Driven?
  • Excitement Driven?

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Continuity with Past Ministry
  • How much continuation? How much change?
  • Not a continuation but not a disconnection
    either.
  • What common threads or themes do we see?
  • What should be continued and what changed?
  • What current ministries fit new realities?
  • What ministries could be tweaked to fit?
  • What should be grandfathered?
  • Where do you expect disagreement? (prayer item?)

12
Open to Future Scrutiny
  • We do the best we can, with what we know, and
    Gods guidance, but realities change.
  • Future leaders may be expected to review and
    revise what we do here.

13
Discussion
  • Key Leader Involvement
  • Prayer
  • Consensus
  • Research
  • Proactive
  • Continuity
  • Open to Future Scrutiny
  • Which principles have we best incorporated?
  • How is it working out?
  • Which of these principles have most influence?
  • Which principles do we need to elevate?
  • Where do you anticipate disagreement?

14
The Key Question
  • What does God want to accomplish in the world
    through our church?

15
PROCESS
  • B. Process Steps

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B. Process Steps
  • Establish the Strategy Team
  • Set up a Meeting Schedule
  • Survey your leaders
  • Communicate with Congregation and Missionaries
  • Analyze the Missions Ministry

17
B. Process Steps
  • Research the major inputs.
  • Write a purpose statement for the missions
    ministry
  • Your key missions Scripture
  • Supplemental missions Scriptures
  • Your definition of missions
  • How the missions ministry fulfills your church
    purpose statement

18
B. Process Steps
  • Research the world and the church
  • Agree on the major factors
  • Establish priorities
  • Establish categories and goals
  • Draft the strategy document
  • Get feedback and approvals
  • Communicate broadly
  • Implement over time!

19
Grid for Priorities and Decisions
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Grid for Priorities and Decisions
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Grid for Priorities and Decisions
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Grid for Priorities and Decisions
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Discussion
  • Have we left out something important?
  • What have you been doing best? Benefits?
  • What do you see as
  • Most urgent?
  • Most difficult?
  • Most likely to cause misunderstanding?
  • Potential roadblock?
  • Prayer Items?

25
IMPLEMENTATION
  • A. Principles
  • B. Steps

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A. Implementation Principles
  • Continuity
  • Addition
  • Attrition
  • Saying No
  • Disassociation

27
Discussion
  • Continuity
  • Addition
  • Attrition
  • Saying No
  • Disassociation
  • What have you done well so far?
  • What do you need to change?
  • Where do you anticipate difficulties?
  • Prayer items?

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B. Implementation Steps
  • Expand ministry in your priority areas.
  • Find out how current missionaries relate to the
    strategy and help them contribute.
  • Allow attrition in non-strategic areas.
  • Use a grid or point system for decision making.
  • Say no.

29
B. Implementation Steps
  • Project budgets and personnel for coming year.
  • Send mission trips to priority ministries.
  • Educate the congregation.
  • Raise up your own missionaries.
  • Recruit and deploy congregation members.

30
B. Implementation Steps
  • Establish Structure
  • Recruit and Train Personnel
  • Develop and Follow Policies
  • Develop and Follow Procedures

31
Strategy Diagram
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Structure
  • Organization
  • Reporting
  • Teams
  • Subgroups
  • Number

33
Structure Possibilities
  • One person
  • Small group
  • Large group
  • Board, Committee or Team
  • Sub Teams
  • Steering Team
  • Task Teams

34
Missions Team Responsibilities
  • Organize team
  • Assist leaders
  • Learn about missions
  • Develop strategy
  • Set goals plan
  • Develop policies
  • Generate prayer
  • Educate church
  • Orient new team
  • Develop budget
  • Coordinate projects
  • Care for missionaries
  • Promote missions
  • Raise funds
  • Handle finances
  • Do mission trips
  • Raise up missionaries
  • Involve congregation
  • Evaluate missions
  • Develop cross-cultural understanding

4
35
Task Groups
  • Planning Policy
  • Finances
  • Education
  • Promotion
  • Prayer
  • Mission Trips
  • Projects
  • Missionary Care
  • Recruitment
  • Training
  • World Region

10
36
Personnel
  • Qualities
  • Skills
  • Commitments
  • Knowledge
  • Job Descriptions
  • Responsibilities

37
Missions Pastor Job Description
  • Internal
  • External
  • Administration
  • People Orientation
  • Communication

38
Missions Pastor Tendencies
Field Focused
Relational
Administrative
Church Focused
39
Missions Pastor Qualities
  • Personal Qualities
  • Experience

40
Qualities
  • Learner
  • Flexible
  • Follow through
  • Communicator
  • Creativity
  • Administrator
  • Time
  • Spiritual maturity
  • Concern for lost
  • Active in church
  • Missions savvy
  • Leadership
  • Cooperative
  • Strategic Thinker

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41
Missions Pastor Job Description
  • See Handout
  • Which responsibilities are most important for
    your church?

42
Who do we want on our team?
  • Qualities
  • Skills
  • Expertise

6
43
Qualities
  • Learner
  • Flexible
  • Follow through
  • Communicator
  • Creativity
  • Administrator
  • Time
  • Spiritual maturity
  • Concern for lost
  • Active in church
  • Missions savvy
  • Leadership
  • Cooperative
  • Strategic Thinker

6
44
Indispensable Qualities
  • Leader rallies directs the troops
  • Doers do the work
  • Administrator keeps it all together
  • Influencer persuades recruits
  • Learner builds knowledge

6
45
Policies
  • Criteria
  • Guidelines
  • Finances
  • Approvals
  • Resource Church Missions Policy Handbook

46
Procedures
  • Operation
  • Meetings
  • Responsibility Assignments
  • Orientation
  • Processes

47
B. Implementation Steps
  • Next Steps for Your Church
  • Prayer Items

48
Resources
  • Building Global Vision, David Mays
  • Operation World
  • Exploring World Mission
  • Stuff CD

49
This is the most rapidly changing and creative
and productive time in the history of the world
missionary movement.Paul Pierson
50
We are poised on the brink of the realization of
Careys dream - the completion of world
evangelization.Patrick Johnstone
51
For the first time ever, it is possible that the
Great Commission could be fulfilled in our
lifetime and Jesus come back. Ralph Winter
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