If you’re like me, part of your week involves some sort of planning. And, for me, in particular, this is a busy season in terms of planning. Just this week, I have 2 meetings to work with a ministry on planning their 2017 church budget, a meeting with all the Elders and Deacons of Crestview to finalize a 2017 Budget recommendation, planning for Youth Leadership Reno County (which starts in a week), and planning for Leadership Reno County. And, you have stuff to plan, too. It might not be in formal meetings like me, but you have personal budgets, activities in your home (including menu), and potentially other things you want to do that require a plan. So, I wanted to throw out a couple of things that help me manage the planning responsibilities I have.
- Pray. Now, I know I could do way better in this area, but it helps me to begin here. Martin Luther famously said something like, “I have so much to do today that I’m going to need to spend three hours in prayer in order to be able to get it all done.” And, your planning will be helped as you breathe and remember that apart from Jesus, you can do nothing (John 15:5).
- Carry A Small Notebook for Ideas. I use Field Notes (non-digital) and Evernote (digital) for such purposes. I carry these everywhere. If it think of something to do, I capture this, then schedule it or have it for use later. I have brainstorm files in Evernote that I return to consistently and update with plans for the coming year. The same holds true for Field Notes. I jot down ideas and then I have them captured to move to the next step when it’s appropriate.
- Plan out of relationships. In some cases, I do have rely on others for bigger ideas, but often, I’m looked to for a larger idea. So, being able to plan and consider with others is helpful. Ask people what ideas they have. Engage their voices. When a program is wrapping up, jot some notes or record the gist of some conversations that could make it better next time. Meet with people and talk about their plans, hopes, and dreams. This will enhance the experience for everyone.
Having said this, on the spiritual front, I was really helped by this word from pastor H.B. Charles, Jr. on What Is Your Vision For The Church? It might help you, especially if you find your leadership extends into church circles, to clarify your priorities. Hope this helps further the planning conversation.