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Sometimes running a church can feel like living paycheck to paycheck. All of your efforts constantly go into keeping everything functioning on a week to week basis.
The truth is, though, operating on a weekly, monthly, or even seasonal schedule can be pretty inefficient.
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It all but guarantees that you’ll be doing things in a haphazard, stressed out manner, which can have a pretty serious effect on the quality of your Sunday services. On top of that, it can also lead to missed ministry opportunities on a regular basis as you and your team struggle to keep your heads above the water.
With that in mind, I’ve come up with a road map to help pastors and ministry leaders, in general, think beyond the next month or two.
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This article will help guide you through the fall kick off and on an into the rest of the year that follows. The goal is to provide you with the opportunity to think things through, come up with a game plan, and then decide how to implement it in the best way possible.
This first phase can be the most intimidating. It’s hard to look at a whole fifty-two weeks and think “what are we going to do to fill this many weeks up?”
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Seriously, just the thought that a pastor is going to somehow come up with over fifty full-length sermons in that time is already pretty impressive, let alone things like worship sets, mid-week Bible studies, outreaches, VBS programs, and so on.
The good news is, planning the year out isn’t something that a pastor needs to do all on his own. Coming up with the next year of events, activities, sermon topics, and so on can certainly be an activity that involves a larger portion of your ministry team.
I would start by gathering everyone up for...
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