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Our Goal Setting Process

I wrote the other day about how I set out to keep goals within our ministry team context. Before we can do what I explained previously, I have to explain how we even came to the goals on our list.  Believe it or not, but when setting everyday goals, short-term and long-term goals for a team that represents 4 distinct ministry areas, and 9 different staff members; you have to move slow and tediously to get buy-in on everything.

The team that I lead has been charged with crafting a Next Generations ministry philosophy for our church.  We represent the leadership of everyone birth through college age; so there are a ton of minds working their own things within our team.  I needed goals that were entirely ministry-specific, but instead fit the overall NextGen philosphy that our church wanted.  I used the “Orange Leaders Handbook” for this, and it proved to be a valuable tool.  It breaks down an Orange-Family ministry concept into 5 different areas, and I taught on those 5 areas in our bi-monthly staff meetings all through March and April.  Mostly explanation, with little to no discussion at that point.

Then in the Summer we all took the “Orange-o-meter” included in the book to gauge where we are as a team and as a church at accomplishing these 5 areas successfully.  I gathered up the scores, and then we spent May through October evaluating our average scores and not leaving each individual area until we had nailed down both short term and long term goals for each area.  I kept detailed notes throughout the process, and when it was all said and done a few weeks ago…I put them all to paper and presented them to everyone over breakfast.  Wanna see those goals?  Click here to view them all big and handsome-like.

Anything you see here that you like?  It’s unique to me and our church, and in no way do I endorse everyone do what I’ve done…but what would you do differently or have you done differently?  

Jonathan Cliff is married to his wife Starr and they together live out their days with two sons and a daughter. Jonathan serves as one of the Pastors at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee; where he works with leaders throughout the city to help develop Christian community that leads to deep and meaningful spiritual friendships. His journey has been an adventurous one, having served in the local church for 15 years in family ministry developing leaders, building environments for kids and students to belong, and encouraging parents to take big spiritual steps with their families.