'Mission Action Planning' - could sound awfully boring...dull...stupefying...and words of that ilk.
Indeed, it can become so if we turn the process of producing a Mission Action Plan (M.A.P.) into nothing more than a 'to-do list'. This is wearisome if it makes us even busier than we already are.
But Mission Action Planning, done well, is too exciting for words! It releases ideas, enthusiasm, vision, a shared, realistic, focussed, flexible direction of travel and leads to spiritual and numerical growth. Following is a series of Articles on Mission Action Planning, written by Archdeacon Richard King for The Messenger.
- MAPs - Introduction
- MAPS - Vision
- MAPS - Capturing Ideas
- MAPS - Red Alert: Process
- MAPS - Red Alert: Self-Awareness
- MAPS - Red Alert: How are we the Body of Christ?
- MAPS - Five Key Questions
- MAPS - Writing the Plan
Essential reading: How to do Mission Action Planning: Prayer, Process and Practice by Mike Chew and Mark Ireland. As of February 2019, this is available in paperback for $15 on Amazon.ca. This book is priceless!
To help you reflect on where you are now:
- What does a Missional church look like?
- 5 Marks of Mission and the Diocese of Edmonton Mission Statement
- The Seven Marks of a Healthy Church
To help build and assess your MAP: