About 20 years ago, I found myself behind the wheel of a 1986 Ford Pickup Truck that had been donated to the new, small congregation I was serving at the time. We were grateful for the donation, but there was one problem: it was a stickshift…and I had never driven a stickshift before!
I had no idea how to get that vehicle moving. There were things I had to think about that I never needed to consider before while driving and automatic. This scenario presented me with an unexpected change. For my safety, I ended up having to call someone familiar with driving this type of vehicle to coach me on how to operate in this new and different experience.
When we are presented with the new and unfamiliar realities that often come with change, it can be a disorienting experience. We may become stuck because what worked in other situations isn’t working, and we may not know the best way to respond in order to move from “here” to “there”. But while CHANGE is what happens to us, but TRANSITION is how we respond. When change happens, it is imperative that we pause to seek the information, resources, wisdom and support necessary to help us make the right SHIFT at the right time.
This is the goal of STRATEGIC MINISTRY PLANNING. Strategic ministry planning is NOT about developing a plan and asking God to bless it. It is about recognizing the new things God may be doing among us (Isaiah 43:19), and thinking creatively and pragmatically about how God may be calling us to respond.
It is our endeavor to serve The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church by providing an open and fruitful process by which the Church may discern God’s direction for the future, develop priorities that inform mission and ministry, and determine the best courses of action to pursue a clear and compelling vision. The process will involve data collection through interviews and surveys, facilitated meetings, and the development of a written set of strategic recommendations. To learn more about how you can support this process and engage, please click here.
Thank you in advance for your engagement and support!
The Reverend Shaun Douglas Marshall, A.M.
Principal Consultant, Marshall and Associates Consulting