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Spirit-Led Strategic Planning Teaching

Step-by-Step Instructions for Spirit-Led Strategic Planning

Prepare and Plan for Strategic Planning event

  1. Ask your intercessors to begin praying for you and your team as you “plan to plan.” Pray for wisdom, revelation, guidance, practical provision, and protection for all participants. Once you have determined a site, ask them to pray a blessing over it, cleansing it from any previous unrighteous uses it may have had. Claim it for Kingdom purposes.
  2. Determine if the event is to include the Values/Vision/Mission process or not. For privately held, smaller businesses, it may be preferable for the owner to go through that part of the process separately and before pulling a planning team together. Likewise, for companies in which a great deal of the staff are not believers, this part of the process is very difficult to understand, and almost impossible to include them in any substantive manner. For larger companies, or for non-profit organizations, a larger circle of participants in this part may be essential. In that case, determine whether to include only upper management and board members, or also key staff. (Look ahead to the next section to help you determine who you might like or need to be involved).
  3. Having identified the participants, be sure that as the planning process starts, you help them all understand Spirit-led Strategic Planning, how it’s different, why you are going to use it, how non-believers can still be strong contributors, etc. It is vital that your intercessory team participate – if not on-site, at least simultaneous to the event.
  4. Plan for a time when you, your management team and your intercessory team can all spend a block of time together. The larger your organization, the more time you must set aside. For most, it is better to set a time to be off site for a half day or longer. Perhaps it would work for you to schedule several evenings, or Saturdays. The point is to create a space in your calendar that is set aside for you to be able to hear clearly from God.
  5. Whether on or off site, determine space and resources needed, creature comforts, whether meals or snacks are provided and how, materials and teaching aids required, etc.
  6. Consider using a group facilitator. It is very difficult to be both an active participant and be responsible for moving the schedule along, aligning and timing the activities, monitoring participation, taking notes, managing the input of the intercessors and maximizing group dynamics.

Identifying Values, Vision, Mission

You have to decide how to go about this first step, and, as we mentioned above, whom to include. There are several ways to identify God’s values, leading to understanding His vision and mission for your organization. We describe three, below, which are best used in tandem with each other, but any one of which can be used independently. There are probably other ways as well, but the key is that you have committed yourself to hearing God’s values, His heart for you and your business. If you begin with a submitted, reverent spirit, He will share His secret counsel with you. (Psalm 25:14, NAS)

Before you start, is this step just for you, personally? Once you go through it, can you present God’s values, vision and mission to the rest of your management and employees?

Is it just for a few key people to go through – those who will hear and safeguard God’s vision, interpreting it to a broader audience that may include both believers and non-believers?

Is this step for a group? If you have a unified, biblically savvy group, who understand moving in the Spirit, this can be a powerful and moving group event.

  1. The Historical Method
    1. Ask God to show you how you got to where you are now. Highlight the events in your life, and later, in your business, that have formed you. Where do you see His hand? What has He been trying to teach you? Were there points at which He seemed to open or close doors that you didn’t expect? Who are the significant people that He brought into your path and what effect did they have on you? Were there times in your life when you felt his rebuke at a course of action you were taking or failing to take?
    2. Now, summarize what He has been building into you. Put into words the things He has been showing you are important to Him in your life and development. These are His values.
  2. Gifts and Passions
    1. Do you know what your God-given gifts are? Identify your natural gifts - those He gave to you through your personality, character, upbringing, schooling, experiences, etc. What are those things you have a passion for, those things that drive you and those things that bring you to tears? Now, identify your supernatural gifts – those given you by the Holy Spirit for specific times, places or ministries, for the building up of the body of Christ. (If you don’t know your gifts – either your natural or your supernatural – it might be wise for you to pause in the process and learn about this area. Take a gift inventory – one that measures both the natural and supernatural. Ask your spiritual advisor, pastor, or intercessors to help you in this step.)
    2. Many teach that where you see an intersection between your natural gifts and your passion, you are looking at what is important to God – His values. If you also see the operation of supernatural gifts in that calling, you can be sure you have identified His vision for
  3. Revelation
    1. God speaks to us in many different ways. The two above are through circumstances. Revelation includes His speaking to us in His Word, through other people, through dreams, visions, and inner impressions, through words of knowledge or wisdom or prophesy. Has God spoken to you in any of these ways? Write them down, or if you have already, go back and look and pray over them to see if there are trends or repetition.
      1. Ask God to speak to you now – fresh and new for today. Ask your intercessors to query the Lord on your behalf as well, and to ready your heart to hear His heart. Expect to hear Him. James 1:5-8 tells us that when we ask for wisdom (a word from God) we must believe that we have received it. Listen. Write down what you hear – even if it doesn’t appear to be from God. You can sort it all out later. Trust that He has answered your request for a fresh word. He may lead you to a Scripture passage. He may remind you of a sermon or a song. He may give you a dream. But know this: He will reveal Himself to you.

Tags: Biblical Planning, City and nation transformation, Kingdom Building, Marketplace Ministry, Transformation Business, Strategic Planning, MarketplaceTransformation, Spirit-led Planning

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