Last month I outlined starting a the process of Mission Action Planning. This month we continue with the next part of the process, which after putting together a parish profile and a community audit we need to consider the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats of the Parish. These three together will give us a pretty good idea of the church and its patch, the area it works. We will also use the data gleaned from “Everybody Welcome” course we did last year.
The next task we need to do is to come up with new ideas and ventures. We need to be bold – and not to worry about practicalities at this stage. Since we did “Everybody Welcome” many really good ideas have already been proposed, we just need to get them written down!
With a list of ideas, how many are possible and in what time scale? What do we need to make the ideas work? So we consider what people and skills will be needed to accomplish your objectives. We may need to partner with someone - we do this already with Pioneer Social Enterprise, the two parishes working together but are there any other local partners that need to be involved? Who in the church community might take the lead on some of the projects? What else might be needed?
We may have a long list of ideas - so we need to prioritise them. A good way to do this is to divide our ideas into three categories – ‘Quick Wins’: things that can be introduced and make an impact quickly, ‘Medium range’: things that will require preparation. ‘Long range’: things which will need an investment of significant time and resources.
Now the trick with all these grand plans is making sure they happen so they need to pass the SMART checklist - Specific and Stretching, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Realistic as well as Time bound and Timely.
Deep breath - we will have a plan by this stage - in fact we will have a Mission Action Plan! The problem with great plans is they often don’t become a reality so we need to turn it into a living document. One that we discuss at every PCC and review the objectives.
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