Strategic Planning Conference MP3 Set

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The sessions include:

Pastoral Leadership 

Pastor Steve Viars begins the preconference by outlining the critical role the senior pastor has in shepherding the strategic planning process. 

Setting the Stage & Building the Team

Joe Blake outlines how you begin the strategic planning process and some of the key things that a plan will and won’t do for your ministry. 

Gathering Planning Data

Arvid Olson explains why a ministry needs to not only understand their ministry but also the pressing needs of the community around them. Armed with that basic understanding, the team begins to more effectively gather data.

Developing Vision & Consensus

In this session, Arvid Olson unpacks what a visionary church looks like and why vision is important to the long-term effectiveness of a truly unified ministry.

Overcoming Obstacles

Just as Nehemiah faced challenges rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem, churches will face unique obstacles. In this session, Arvid Olson explains the benefit of obstacles and how it helps a ministry to prepare to weather any storm.

Goal Setting

By gaining an understanding of why goals matter, Joe Blake demonstrates why having a clearly stated mission, vision and goals will help your ministry to effectively achieve their goals.

Completing and Communicating the Final Product
A completed plan is not just a pretty document. Your strategic plan should help keep your ministry focused, unified and on track for years. Arvid Olson shows how to put your plan to work in encouraging your flock and growing your church membership.

Keep it Going Through Long-Range Leadership
Steve Viars closes the preconference with a call for accountability and encouraging words on how to weather the change a strategic plan can bring to a ministry.

Conference Instructors

Dr. Steve Viars has served as pastor and counselor at Faith for over 30 years. He is an international speaker and board member of both the Biblical Counseling Coalition and Vision of Hope. He is the author of Putting Your Past in its Place and was a managing editor of Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling

Joe Blake serves as Chairman of Deacons at Faith Church. He has served in leadership positions for every strategic plan that Faith has produced. Joe founded IronMen, a property development and management company. 

Arvid Olson has served as Faith Ministries development director for over 15 years. He has an extensive background in production and presentation logistics, marketing, brand management, public relations and fund development. He serves on the Chamber Council of Greater Lafayette Commerce.