Presentation on theme: "In consideration of MAPing"— Presentation transcript:
1 In consideration of MAPing Edited by Canon Roger Medley – Mission Forum, Bath and Wellsfrom the work ofMike Chew MAP and Growth Strategy FacilitatorBlackburn Diocese
2 MAPing Mission Action Planning An outward looking engagement with the world around usLiving the gospel–not just church activitiesEquipping & supporting church members to live out their faith as Baptised disciples.ActionFocused, specific actions giving expression to God’s concern for his world, arising out of convictions, gifts, passion & sense of vocationPlanningBeing SMARTspecific, measurable, achievable, time and target
3 Mission?Mission has its origins in the heart of God. ‘Missio Dei’ - God is a fountain of sending love.This is the deepest source of mission.There is mission because God loves people.It is not the Church that has a mission, but the God of Mission who has a Church!In the new image mission is not primarily an activity of the church, but an attribute of God Ed from David Bosch Transforming Mission 1991
4 1 Corinthians 3:5-7What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe–as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow
5 All-By-Itself! The growth principle Growth takes place spontaneously There is order and process in this growthAll we can do is prepare the way and remove the obstacles to growth
6 How do we Grow?By being Healthy – in all aspects of individual spirituality and corporate worship/lifePrayer, Holiness, MissionBy sharing a Vision of GrowthBy working together – to use our resources effectively and efficiently
7 Too businesslike?‘We are told that in order to be a good steward of the household of God, you have to be a good steward of your own household.It’s really a dimension of stewardship – you have to plan and organise things. If we are serious about mission and that is the clear priority, then some sort of plan is inevitable.’‘MAPing is primarily a tool to establish a clear missionary purpose and direction for the church’David Hope
8 Jesus on Planning‘For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see whether he has enough to complete it?’‘Or what king, going out to wage war against another king, will not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to oppose the one who comes against him with twenty thousand?’Luke 14.28,31
9 ActsPrayer and supernatural guidance are key parts of planning for mission in the early church.For example in Acts 13 – ‘While they were worshipping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.’
10 How does a Church work out its Mission Plans? Is not easy!So much to learn about Mission!So much ‘stuff’ to consider!So many people to involve!But it gets easier with experienceLearn by using the MAP process
11 The MAPing Process Cycle ReviewListen/ValuesChoose:Vision/PrioritiesPlanDeployAct:Do/CheckAnnual CyclePrayerAndPassion
12 Prayer and Passion Prayer: Desire: The starting Point Asking God to prepare the leaders for this workIndividual and CorporateDesire:Antoine de Saint-Exupéry* wrote “If you want to build a ship, don’t summon people to buy wood, prepare tools, distribute jobs, and organise the work, rather teach people to yearn for the wide, boundless ocean”.If we want people to produce a MAP, first, we have to teach people – especially church leaders - to yearn to respond (‘missionally’)to God’s love of the world – as Jesus did. * A famous French writer and aviator ( )
13 Review Listen: Triple listening To God To ourselves – each other To the communityWhat are our Values?What is our Mission?Why are We Here?Assess: 4 alternative methodsSWOT.. Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats.“Growing Healthy Churches” (recommended for 1st year)“Discerning your Church Vocation”“Natural Church Development”(Reviewing ones course could be crucial to the journey!)ReviewChoose:PlanAct:PrayerAndPassion
14 Shared VisionShared Vision Stimulates desire and helps us to focus on GodShared Vision gives the whole church a sense of DirectionShared Vision draws people to work together
15 Vision“A picture of the future that produces passion. Vision puts the match to the fuel that most people carry around in their hearts and yearn to have ignited. Leaders must keep striking that match by painting compelling Kingdom pictures”Bill Hybels
16 Vision We want our Vision statement to: Inspire us to use our gifts for Kingdom growthDraw us togetherEnable us to work out PrioritiesRemember:Mission: Our Purpose; What we ValueVision: Where we are moving to in Future
17 Vision drives Priorities and Plans What we think Godis calling our churchto do and becomeVisionPriority 1Priority 2Priority 3Action 1Action 2Action 3Action 4Action 5….
18 MAP/Strategy Mission Vision Statement Statement Who How: Why are we here?VisionStatementWhere we want to beWhat will it feel like?MAP/StrategyHow:WhatWhen
19 Next Steps: Plan SMART Actions Document your plans, using the SMART method for each chosen priority:Specific: be clear about the specific goals and who the plan is for - e.g. engage with adults agedMeasurable: agree how you will be able to measure progress, and how you will assess progress.Achievable: your people need to believe that it is possible.Resourced: ensure that there is sufficient human and financial resourcesTimed: be clear about the timing for starting, reviewing progress and completing.
20 Implementation Action Check MAPing leads to Action to improve and/orto change and/orto serve andto worship …Yet many PCCs produce a paper and return to ‘business as usual’CheckReview progressto ensure that the plans are implementedto support peopleto recognise effortto solve problems
21 MAP Facilitators (Mission Companions) Facilitators bring a fresh pair of eyes and a critical friend to help think through the church’s situation, strategy and vision.They are skilled in the various approaches to conducting a review of church health, and can guide church leaders through the Vision process.Many dioceses, now provide such facilitators to their churches on request at no costThe School of Formation or Mission Forum can provide these.
22 MAP: 10 Point Health Check Rooted in PrayerListen: consulting those impacted by the MAPAssess: taking a close look at your churchValues: being clear about the church’s main purposes and sources of energy.Vision: being clear about the future directionPriorities: the vital ingredients to deliver the VisionGoals: being smart with prioritiesActions: planning to succeedCommunication: Keeping everyone informedChecking Progress: Keeping control of the overall plan
25 Impact of MAP: York Diocese “Mission Action Plans, consistently used are an effective tool for enabling the local church to become more authentically ‘mission shaped’, and to grow according to God’s plan and purpose.In all churches where the MAP principles are firmly established, they report overall growth, often in difficult key areas such as children and young people, or increased male membership.MAPs have helped hundreds of churches to look more closely at how they are serving God, and what it means to be the Body of Christ in their local situation.Choosing, planning, acting, and reviewing, draws on the power of the Holy Spirit, encouraging wider use of the gifts of discernment, wisdom, insight, understanding, faith, and knowledge.”
26 Impact of MAP: London Diocese Neil Evans believes that MAP is now in the DNA of the growing churches in the diocese.Those who take in the MAP approach use it organically to grow their mission work..He has no doubt that comparing these two groups of churches would demonstrate that MAP has had a very positive impact.
27 Conclusions about MAPMAPing is an annual learning process; not an event - it’s not about producing a piece of paper. “Every year we learn more about mission, the community and ourselves”.Facilitators can accelerate the learning. MAP should have wide ownership; plans and progress should be frequently communicatedMAP should appear in some shape or form on every PCC agendaAction owners need training and supportMAPPING: =Mission Action Planning, Implementation and Growth