What is Strategic Envisioning?
The Malphurs Group’s flagship service is our Strategic Envisioning process. This a comprehensive strategic planning process that helps a church to assess their current reality, prioritize identity formation, develop six core strategies, and clarify their vision. Designed to help both growing and declining churches, Strategic Envisioning will take your church to the next level. This process is perfect for churches that are in need of revitalization, experiencing a senior leadership transition, or simply struggling to define what the next season of ministry looks like.
The Strategic Envisioning process involves five phases:
Phase 1: PREPARE
Prepare the groundwork for growth and change.
The first stage is about preparing the church for the process of Strategic Envisioning.
- Forming a Strategic Leadership Team (SLT)
This is the group of known leaders within the church who will guide and lead the Strategic Envisioning process.
- Conducting the Church Ministry Analysis (CMA)
This is a comprehensive snapshot-in-time that analyzes four “vital signs” of your church.
- Laying a Spiritual Foundation
TMG believes that our strategic process is fundamentally a spiritual journey, and therefore heart-work must be done before any strategic work will be effective.
The second stage is about prioritizing the church’s identity development.
- Developing or re-confirming the Mission statement
Your church’s mission statement will determine the direction and focus of the church.
- Defining the church’s actual and aspirational Core Values
Your church’s core values bring clarity to your motivations for ministry.
Phase 2: PRIORITIZE
PRIORITIZE IDENTITY FORMATION TO BUILD A GUIDING FRAMEWORK.
Phase 3: Process
Process through six key areas of strategy.
The third stage is about processing through six key areas of strategy.
- Develop critical strategies in key areas that are in alignment with the church’s identity
Rather than looking at individual ministries, the church processes through strategy areas that impact every ministry of the church.
- Begin vision formation through strategy
TMG believes that vision and strategy are two sides of the same coin; Vision development occurs alongside strategy formation.
- Plan for and initiate strategy implementation
Implementation must be prioritized from the beginning in order to be effective.
Six Strategy Areas:
Most churches have disciple-making activities, but they lack a discipleship pathway. As a result, many churches are filled with Christians who have attended church for years but are still spiritually immature. TMG works alongside your church to create a strategy for aligning ministries to produce growing and maturing disciples in your church.
In Community Outreach, we work alongside your church to develop a strategy to build bridges into your neighborhood that lead to a greater Kingdom impact. Many churches are stuck because of an internal focus. Shifting the church’s attention to the surrounding community can impact every aspect of your congregational self-perception.
The churches with the greatest impact are filled with people who are active participants in ministry and not just recipients. By focusing on the principles of divine design, people can harness their passion for ministry to make a Kingdom impact. TMG works with your church to craft a strategy for mobilizing the church to increase volunteer engagement.
Churches tend to be hire reactively instead of proactively. When funds become available, churches hire to address complaints or perceived weaknesses rather than using a blueprint that moves the church forward. TMG works with your church to craft a strategy that staffs for growth, and increases the quality of teamwork on your current staff, regardless of size.
A guest will make a decision on whether or not they will return to your church within just seven minutes, and many prospective guests will make a decision to visit initially based solely on your website. TMG works alongside your church to create a short-term and long-term strategy to maximize your physical and digital setting to deepen your Kingdom impact.
The church requires funding in order to make a Kingdom impact; this is a reality that the Old and New Testament are clear about. Yet most pastors are uncomfortable or untrained in how to lead their churches financially. TMG works with your church to craft a strategy for managing and expanding your church’s budget.
The fourth stage is about translating strategy into vision.
- Craft & present Vision Statements around key strategies
Teams refine and present their Vision for their area of implementation.
- Leadership develops a unified, cohesive Vision for the future
The senior leadership crafts a clear, compelling, and unified Vision for the church, based on the collective visioning work of empowered teams.
Phase 4: PERCEIVE
Perceive a compelling and actionable vision.
Phase 5: Perform
Execute long-term implementation guidelines for success.
The fifth stage is about putting strategies into practice and pursuing the Vision.
- Create performance goals
Well-crafted performance goals help ensure the church is staying on track with core strategies.
- Commit to implementation practices
TMG has time-tested methods and guidelines for successful implementation.
- Develop effective tactics for evaluation
Effective evaluation is the “teeth” for performance goals and implementation.
One process, multiple services.
We recognize that every church has different needs, different budgets, and are in different seasons. Because of this, The Malphurs Group offers our flagship process through multiple delivery systems described below.
Have more questions about Strategic Envisioning? Want to learn more about our different options? We would love to speak with you. Contact us today, and one of our team members will contact you within one business day.