I love helping missional churches to systematically organize in accordance to how God designed them and in a way that allows them to join the work of God. Building upon a biblical foundation and utilizing strategic principles we partner together towards the environment God is leading your church and leadership towards.
I like to think what I do is the “permaculture” of church systems.
To a farmer, permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; a holistic approach to landscape design and human culture utilizing the local environment in the harmonious integration and maintenance of agricultural productive systems, which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural local ecosystems in a sustainable way. A healthy permaculture garden does not need artificial additives such a pesticides and manmade fertilizer. The garden has plants that work together, and while one protects the other from bugs, in contrast the former may be a source of nutrient for the first.
To the local pastor, this “permaculture approach” is examining systematically how a church and leadership can be organized to best utilize who God has brought them, in the unique environment in which they serve, and to go where God is calling them. Most pastors have a good sense of who their community authentically is and what God is calling the community to, they just don’t always know how to organize so their systems are working FOR, rather than against their holistic calling.
Whether you are stuck in a rut, needing to advance to a new level, or about to launch something new, there is great power in having an outside perspective for fresh results.
- Coaching the Lead Pastor and/or Executive Pastor –Creating customized coaching from options such as focusing on systems, collaboration, reproducible tools to better equip your staff or lay leadership, tying discipleship into strategic plan, creating effective leadership pipe lines, leading your teams through long-term planning and creating a master annual plan, and effectively organizing your events and sermons which will naturally lead guest to deep assimilation, as well as many more options.
- Leader Development- Working with specialized leaders/staff within the church who might blessed with talent and character, but struggle with effectively utilizing this.
- Leadership Training- Create customized leadership training days, giving your leadership teams the necessary tools to serve according to their calling.
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- Certified StratOp non-profit facilitator.
StratOp is a strategic system, that: 1) Gives you perspective on all of the strategic, financial, and operational parts of your church; 2) Helps you know where you stand; 3) Clarifies where you should go; and 4) Gives you a customized plan on how to get there.
StratOp clients get more than a plan; they get tools to help them manage their plan, renew their plan, and succeed. For your team - those who make things happen - they are brought into the StratOp process; planning isn’t something done to them, it is something the whole team does together. The process can be used for all kinds of team problem-solving and strategic efforts, either in business or in not-for-profit organizations like churches, educational institutions, and social service enterprises.
The word “StratOp” blends two words vital to a successful strategic planning process. “Strat” stands for strategic, the art of planning for tomorrow, today. “Op” stands for operational, the discipline of managing today, today. All of that is built upon the financial – for both today and tomorrow must be strategically financed.
- Strategic Planning - Working together to bring clarity to your mission, vision, values, and core strategies—and then creating a list to prioritize the plan of action.
- Holistic Spiritual Formation in the Context of the Church Strategy – Many churches’ strategies for evangelism, discipleship, and leader development are haphazard at best and are not directly tied into the systems of the church. Working together on aligning the Great Commission and the Great Commandment with the church's unique purpose.