There is a business book that is used in business planning that goes beyond the typical fill out form and software programs that have been standard practice for start-ups; upstarts and even for spin-offs. The book’s author Tim Berry is known for designing and selling Business Plan Software, but he realizes that many businesses never get past the blueprint stage because the would-be founder has spent all his or her time and brain power on the planning rather than the doing.
At our Ministry of Leadership and Communications meetings, the team is made up of affiliates, alliances and associates and a business/ministry plan is developed for every business/ministry, project, and mission as well as for every individual on the team. It is always a work in process. This became transformational for the teams who start anywhere in the planning process but begin with private, corporate and pointed and specific prayer. Everyone has an understanding that form follows process and process initiates functionality that leads to design. Yet nothing really can effectively happen without consulting God. Creation of ideas, products and services are only as good as we are if we are not in God’s will. Approaching one another, clients and guests can only reach so far, if we are not in relationship with Christ. We only have so much power of the human spirit but can be so much more effective if we rely on the power of the Holy Spirit. This includes ministries, industries and planning. So before you go to the board, you must first and on a regular basis go to God. Pray as yo plan and plan as you go.
Process that leads to function
Biblical, Systematic and Evangelical Theology are a three in one process of determining God’s will and mindset; how to operate in an unclear world; and how to communicate the Gospel message worldwide. Answers to some of the smartest and dumbest questions can be found in the Bible. Scientific process is in applying and practicing the steps of renewing your mind; bringing Glory to God, and in making decisions, filling and refilling with the Holy Spirit, understanding and not forsaking the fellowship. In writing a business, ministry or personal mission plan this is how the process goes:
1. Talk to God: You can’t plan or set any meaningful goals and objectives without first praying to God and with the people you work with.
2. Listen for God’s direction: Read scripture, write down what God is telling you. Then participate in all out worship. We work in such a cool environment with writers, and musicians that worship is really fun and originally fresh!
3. Participating in conversation and in fellowship. When we can ask one another breakthrough question instead of brainstorming, planning as you go becomes second nature.
Write everything down! This isn’t ritualistic, it isn’t even religion-it is creative collaboration that defines who we are on the journey with; fosters community and puts God first!
S.W.O.T. Team Prayers
Yes the team discusses the strong points, the weak links and then considers how God can use your strengths, fill the holes and makes you strong in your weaknesses and disabilities. Then comes the lists and the questions regarding opportunities, and planning how to remove obstacles and to how defend against threats. Pray as you plan and plan as you go.
It takes people who are called and who gain purpose
Identify who you are affiliating, aligning and associating with. Understand that everyone brings their story to the plan. Remind yourself that our affiliates represent our values in the culture and list ways to encourage and strengthen them. Remind yourself that an alliance is being like minded and on mission, and committed to the cause. And also remind your self that associates are people and that Jesus associated with people like you and me, recovering drunks prostitutes; cheaters and frauds but have found a new way to live. So seek affiliates, join with alliances and associate with people who are called and have purpose. They know they are not perfect but they are honest about where they came from and are correctable, challenge-able, and compelled to change. Pray as you plan and plan as you go.
We would love to pray with and for you, please send your requests to email@example.com. There is a man who has prayed for his classmates from High School since his junior year in 1974-1975. Everyone, everyday for almost 40 years! “Some are dead, some are living,” like John Lennon sang “In my life, I’ve loved them all.” Next Thursday in The National Prayer Examiner, we are going to explore ways that social media has and can elevate our prayer affiliates. Like this man from Connetquot High in Bohemia, NY, it is a real connection that we all can link-in-to!