"excel in this grace of giving" (2 Cor. 8:7)

Task Completed

Reflecting on our Ministry

The first step towards completing the case statement is to spend time reflecting upon the ministry of the church. What is working well and will reward investment of time, people and money? What areas of ministry are lacking and need attention or resources? What opportunities can be seized and what problems addressed?

The case starts with reflections on ministry. Why? Because stewardship is not about raising funds but resourcing ministry. The case invites the planning group to explore strengths and weaknesses, to identify opportunities and areas of concern. The simple and familiar SWOT quadrants can be used here. This is not the disciplined, structured analysis that would normally accompany strategic planning. All that is intended here is a holy conversation about ministry hopes and possibilities among people who have the life of their local church close to their heart.