"A strategy is an organized plan for arriving at an attainable destination by means of a mission." A strategy empowers and focuses a church missions team to accomplish the primary mission of the church: world evangelization.
Here are several ideas for creating a missions strategy:
- Create a philosophy of missions (why you support missions)
- Write an attainable vision for your missions strategy (where you want to be when your mission is fulfilled)
- Articulate a mission statement for your missions strategy (what you will do to arrive at your vision (destination)
- Develop short, mid, and long-term objectives that can measure progress towards the vision statement.
- The overall aim is to get every member thinking about strategy
- Encourage the team to focus on "the purpose" for the team so they can see the whole picture, not only their unique role.
- Revisit the philosophy so it will remain aligned to the values, beliefs, doctrines, good traditions, and principles of the church.
- Include world, home, community, church, and internet ministries in the strategy. Determine the priority of each direction.
- A strategy works because of believers with passion who take their roles seriously; it takes a team effort.
- Take time each month, or once a quarter, to review the philosophy, vision, mission, and objectives of the missions strategy.
- Consider how success or achievement can be measured and identified
- Be flexible and open to new directions of the Holy Spirit
- Research the state of world mission needs and current resources (human and material).
- Communicate with the NTD missions office, AGWM, national home missions, or other missions agencies.
- Create a working budget and maintain a reasonable reserve
- Aim at 100% involvement by every member of the church
- Consider annual meetings to celebrate progress and achievement.