Pioneering a Church Plant – Vision “Goal setting”
Breaking the vision down into bite-sized chunks is the art of goal setting. Mike Southern writes, “goal setting is about having a vision of where an individual can get to, and about understanding the steps they have to take to get there. Well-set goals plot a path to success via a series of challenging but achievable goals.”2 Strategic goals are SMART: Specific; Measurable; Agreed; Realistic; Time phased.
One of the biggest challenges I have found in communicating short-term goals is making sure that communication takes place in the context of overall vision. Short-term goals can easily become the end product. A goal to run an Alpha course to launch a new church plant can easily become a series of successful Alpha courses, and the dream of planting a new church can be forgotten.