A Strategic Planning Guide
Every new church should start with a detailed, written strategic plan to help guide them through the process of church planting. A strategic plan is not a straitjacket, but a plan that can allow the Holy Spirit to guide you as you prepare to plant a new church. The following is an outline for a written church-planting strategic plan that can help guide you and your church-planting team. Think through each section. Create a written description for each item and compile them in the following order.
WHY START A NEW CHURCH?
- Describe your calling to church planting
- Describe what kind of church you are planting
- Demonstrate the need for the new church
- Explain what your role will be in the new church
WHAT KIND OF CHURCH WILL IT BE?
- Write your vision/mission statement
- List your core values
- Describe your church-planting model
- Describe your plan for discipleship
- Describe how the church will be governed
WHERE IS YOUR CONTEXT?
- Describe your target people group
- Describe the community needs
- Describe the appropriate demographics
- Describe the location of the new church
WHO WILL HELP PLANT THIS CHURCH?
- Describe key ministry teams that will be needed
- List the team members you will need
- Include a list of potential ministry partners
- List the name of ten to twelve intercessors who will pray
HOW WILL YOU PLANT THIS CHURCH?
- Include a detailed time line for the first twelve to thirty-six months
- Include a detailed list of things you must accomplish
- Include a start-up budget and describe your funding strategy
- Include salary for any paid staff
- List potential financial supporters (one time, monthly, annually)