Monday, July 6, 2009
A viable plan for church growth is based on core values and a sense of purpose
Every church needs a plan. Where are we going? Where do we want to be in 2, 5, 10 years? What is our mission? What is our collective ministry? What difference do we make to ourselves, to our community, to our world? Who is it, as a church, we want to become?
So many questions and without answers we are adrift. As W. Edwards Deming said, the great total quality management guru, "If you don't know where you are going, any road will take you there."
Jim Collins and Jerry Porras, in their book, Built To Last, described visionary organizations as having a "core ideology" which is made up of organizational values and mission, a sense of purpose.
In thinking about BUUFs core values I would say a commitment to spiritual growth and satisfaction of its members and exuding compassion toward the world. It is spiritual satisfaction and compassion which will drive BUUFs development and life.
BUUF's purpose is to provide an opportunity for spiritual growth and sustenance in an ennervating environment.
Right now these are my answers to these questions about what are BUUF's core values and purpose. What are yours? Together we can combine our energy and do great things. Jesus said, "Where two or more are gathered in my name, there I will be." and St. Paul said, "If God is with you, who can be against you?"
At the Brockport Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, as with any church, we need to plan our work and work our plan.
Where do you want Unitarian Universalism to be in 2, 5, 10 years? Leave your comments on the blog.
This is article #7 in a series on birth of a congregation.