Strategic Ministry Planning

Strategic Ministry Planning


We understand that man plans, but the Lord directs his steps. So planning does not, by itself, guarantee plans will happen. However, strategic planning has been used and it has been blessed by the Lord to accomplish many things. In this preconference your church leaders (pastors, elders, deacons, and other key lay leaders) will be equipped with a process that can be used in your church to encourage God’s people to attempt to further the cause of Christ. This conference is most beneficial if a team attends together.

Effective planning can help churches achieve goals and objectives. These can be as basic as updating existing programs and services all the way to successful facility expansions and developments. Ministry planning is not only for large churches. All churches can benefit greatly from the process of congregationally planning and implementing steps to grow and change.

Strategic planning can assist in uniting congregations and strengthening the depth of discipleship throughout your ministry. A unified ministry plan is a great motivator to encourage outreach and stimulate church growth. Churches that implement a strategic ministry plan often experience positive church growth regardless of the relative health and stability of the community.

What separates The Nehemiah Strategy from other programs is that its foundation rests clearly upon the Word of God. Understanding that the whole idea of strategic planning flows out of the character of God should be a great encouragement to any ministry leader who has desired to make God-honoring plans.

Since we began offering this training program in 2004, many churches, large and small, have used this teaching to implement successful plans. It is our prayerful hope that understanding the biblical mandate to effectively plan will be a blessing to your ministry efforts.

Since 1977, Faith Church has invested in developing a counseling and training ministry. This ministry was a foundational part of a long-range strategic planning process. A key component of the planning process is a five-year plan that outlines initiatives in the areas of outreach, assimilation, discipleship, ministry to other churches, personnel, and finances. This process and implementation has assisted Faith, by God’s grace, to achieve its objectives.

In 1997, 2002, 2008, and again in 2013, the church body began new phases of planning. Each plan has been more detailed and aggressive. Critical to the effectiveness of Faith’s plan is a process based on God’s Word that involves the entire church body as well as the surrounding community.

Faith’s planning process is relevant to small and large ministries, because it is not centered on a construction project. Instead, it allows initiatives both large and small to be accomplished with the active involvement of the ministries constituents.

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Strategic Ministry Planning
  • 1 Pastoral Leadership (Steve Viars)

    Pastor Viars begins the preconference by outlining the critical role the senior pastor has in shepherding the strategic planning process.

  • 2 Setting the Stage & Building the Team (Joe Blake)

    Joe Blake outlines how you begin the strategic planning process and some of the key things that a plan will and won’t do for your ministry.

  • 3 Gathering Planning Data (Arvid Olson)

    Arvid Olson explains why a ministry needs to not only understand their ministry but also the pressing needs of the community around them. Armed with that basic understanding, the team begins to more effectively gather data.

  • 4 Developing Vision & Consensus (Arvid Olson)

    In this session Arvid Olson unpacks what a visionary church looks like and why vision is important to the long-term effectiveness of a truly unified ministry.

  • 5 Overcoming Obstacles (Arvid Olson)

    Just as Nehemiah faced challenges rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem, churches will face unique obstacles. In this session, Arvid Olson explains the benefit of obstacles and how it helps a ministry to prepare to weather any storm.

  • 6 Goal Setting (Joe Blake)

    By gaining an understanding of why goals matter, Joe Blake demonstrates why having a clearly stated mission, vision and goals will help your ministry to effectively achieve their goals.

  • 7 Completing & Communicating the Final Product (Arvid Olson)

    A completed plan is not just a pretty document. Your strategic plan should help keep your ministry focused, unified and on track for years. Arvid shows how to put your plan to work in encouraging your flock and growing your church membership.

  • 8 Keep it Going with Long-Range Leadership (Steve Viars)

    Steve Viars closes the preconference with a call for accountability and encouraging words on how to weather the change a strategic plan can bring to a ministry.