I’ve met lots of church leaders who take pride in the fact that they don’t do strategic planning. They insist they rely solely on God to move. Ironically, not having a plan is the same as having a plan to do nothing. And when you have a plan to do nothing, there are some natural consequences. I’ve written about these consequences for years, and I still see churches operating like this every week.

When you don’t have a plan…

1. You give the loudest person license to decide what happens at your church.

Afterall, anyone who claims God told them what your church should do gets a voice.

2. True leaders leave your church once they realize there is no plan.

They can’t function in their giftedness at your church, so God leads them elsewhere.

3. You spend more time in meetings.

Where there’s no strategy, meetings flourish.

4. You set the stage for a split.

Someone with a plan rallies other people looking for a plan and they go plan together…  somewhere else.

5. You never celebrate success.

No one even knows it looks like because success have never been defined.

6. Your church doesn’t unite in prayer.

You make it difficult for people to know how to pray. And without specific, faith-stretching prayers, there’s no challenge for people to rely on God’s power.

7. People don’t give.

People save their financial gifts for organizations that actually have a plan for the money they receive.

At the very core of planning is faith. Hebrews 11:1 says,

“Faith is the confidence in what we hope for and the assurance of what we do not see.”

God gives the leaders of his church a vision or direction, our faith (confidence) that such a vision is possible is directly related to our willingness to enter into a time of planning and preparation.


Are you feeling any of these frustrations? It could be a lack of church strategy. Planning may not come naturally to you, but that doesn’t mean God doesn’t want to stretch you in new ways and help you become a better, more effective leader.


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