Holy Conversations: Strategic Planning as a Spiritual Practice for Congregations
Planning can be challenging in the contemporary congregation, where people share a common faith and values but may have very different preferences and needs. Much of the literature on congregational planning presents it as a technical process: the leader serves as the chief problem solver, and the goal is finding “the solution to the problem.”
Popular Alban consultants and authors Gil Rendle and Alice Mann cast planning as a “holy conversation,” a congregational discernment process about three critical questions:
Rendle and Mann equip congregational leaders with a broad and creative range of ideas, pathways, processes, and tools for planning. By choosing the resources that best suit their needs and context, congregations will shape their own strengthening, transforming, holy conversation. They will find a path that is faithful to their identity and their relationship with God.
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Reading the Congregations Culture
Reading the Community Context
Spiritual Discernment and Planning
Key Roles in the Planning Process
Involving the Congregation
What Planning Looks Like in Practice
Planning in Congregations of Different Sizes
Common Driving Issues
Issues in Strategic Planning
Energy to Plan
Where Does Vision Come From?
Annual Planning Retreats
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