Create a Map for your Journey
How do you begin making plans and mapping out your journey?
If you haven't yet reflected on where you are and taken stock of your assets, I'd recommend that you do that now. Go here for some tools.
The next step is to decide where you want to put your resources - your time, talent, and money. How does one decide that?
Ask the following questions
1) What are we already doing well? How can we easily improve on that? How can we then let people know and invite more people in?
2) What do we recognize as a need in the community? Do we have the ability to meet any of those?
3) Where do we sense energy in our congregations? What can we all get behind?
4) Who has the desire and drive to keep that energy going in a specific direction?
5) Who else can we ask, and where else can we go to get assistance?
Rather than trying to do all things new, take one thing and go for it.
Using these tools may help you create you plan.
Creating a strategic Plan
Strategic Plans Are Less Important than Strategic Planning (article from Harvard Business Review)
Discerning a way forward (article from Episcopal Church Foundation)
Finding the money (a webpage with resources and links to grants)