The strategy can be summarised in one word: POINT. But it will be expressed differently in every church. However each church needs to consider
Places – where is the strategy is expressed? We need an understanding of our communities, the mission needs, etc.
Opportunities that God gives – these may be regional or local, they may involve collaboration with other churches or agencies
Inspiration – we can be inspired by listening to the stories of what God is doing elsewhere and that inspires new stories that inspires new stories…
Need for God – we are dependent on God’s inspiration and power. He is the one who brings people to faith and we work in partnership with him – believing He can do it; willing to take faith-led risks
Training – not just training programmes and courses but considering what resources, encouragers, ideas and so on we will need to enable us to fulfil the mission – tailored to local needs, but shared between churches.
To enable us to focus on these thoughts the Mission Strategy Task group have been writing a Mission Parable each month which is circulated around the churches. The complete set of these can be found below.