Think Strategically Without a Strategy

SundayU Magazine | 4/2/2019 | Wes Gay
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Strategy. It’s a word we throw around frequently in churches. In recent years, “strategic plans” have become common at our fall staff retreats. We are given ample time to create one, yet we still scramble to finish it the night before the retreat starts.

These plans, when done well, can be helpful. We have the opportunity to spend time in prayer and give thought to get a vision for our ministry area. And we then can use that focused time to think through what we should and should not do in the coming year.

Plans - Roadmap - Decisions - Set - Shackles

Yet we can easily become paralyzed by these plans instead of empowered. Instead of having a roadmap to guide our decisions, we instead feel as though we have created our own set of shackles that make us feel like we are drowning in the day to day work.

So is there a better way? Is there a way we can still be strategic and intentional in our work, without feeling burdened by a specific plan?

Answer - YES - Strategy - Look - Towards

The answer is YES. You see, we may need to shift away from a specific strategy and look towards thinking strategically. Instead of something written in stone, maybe we should figure out how we can develop a strategic mindset on a daily basis.

This strategic mindset is one that is focused on making intentional, purposeful decisions. Instead of haphazardly choosing a design style, new social tool, or giving campaign plans, we take time to think through questions that help us execute our jobs in a more purposeful way.

Questions - Basis - Strategy

Here are 3 questions that will help you think strategically on a more consistent basis, whether or not you have a specific strategy:

1. WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?

Question - Churches

This question should seem obvious, but it is often overlooked in churches. I have literally been...
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