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Strategic Planning



A Strategic Ministry Plan (SMP), also known as a Ministry Strategic Plan (MSP), is a management tool that helps churches perform more effectively when ministering to its people and the community it serves. The goal of the plan is for members of a church to work towards the same goals with strong levels of energy and focus.

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Additionally, the SMP will assess and adjust a church’s future direction in response to its ever-changing environment. In other words, Strategic Ministry Planning is a disciplined effort to clarify development plans, foundational decisions and create an action plan that will shape and guide a church’s vision – who it is, what it does, and why it does it; all while keeping a focus on the future.

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Successful Strategic Ministry Planning will:

  • Lead to action
  • Build a value-based shared vision
  • Create an inclusive, participatory process in which church leadership takes on shared ownership
  • Foster accountability
  • Be based on precise data
  • Require an openness to question the status quo in order to grow

Benefits of a Strategic Ministry Plan include:

  • Uniform Church vision and purpose, shared among all parties
  • Development plans and how to embark on them
  • Increased level of commitment to the ministry and its goals
  • Improved quality of service, and a means to measure that quality
  • A foundation for fund raising
  • Create accountability in ministry and board development
  • The ability to set priorities, and to match resources with opportunities
  • The ability to deal with risk from external environments
  • A process to help with crisis management

Components of Strategic Ministry Planning are:

  • Purpose—The reason a church exists
  • Vision—A picture of the preferred future
  • Mission—An action, in response to purpose in pursuit of vision
  • Core Values—Principles that govern the operation of the church
  • Objectives—The general areas in which efforts are directed
  • Strategies—Guidelines by which objectives are achieved
  • Goals—Specific and time-based accomplishments, achieved by implementing strategies in pursuit of ministry objectives
  • Programs—Activities that describe implementation plans for key strategies
  • Action items for the Ministry Strategic Plan—Specific guidelines for each ministry department

OASTER Strategic Ministry Planning Services also include:

    • 5-Year Ministry Plans
    • Ministry Branding and Imaging
    • Identification of Long Range Goals and Objectives
    • Staffing and Budgeting Plans
    • Facility Planning
    • Strategies to Increase Giving
    • Leadership Development Plans

For detailed information on the development of a Strategic Ministry Plan, check out our free e-book entitled, “Developing Your Strategic Ministry Plan” available on this website.


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