The term “strategic planning” cannot be located in the Bible. The need for planning and for being strategic, however, can be found. Read the following verses for a sampling of what Scripture says about it.
Planning in the Bible:
The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception. (Prov. 14:8)
Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. (Prov. 16:3)
Plans are established by seeking advice; so if you wage war, obtain guidance. (Prov. 20:18)
The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty. (Prov. 21:5)
Being Strategic in the Bible:
Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. (Col. 4:5)
making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. (Eph. 5:16)
Strategic Planning Defined Biblically:
Planning then, is giving careful thought on how to accomplish something. To be strategic in our planning is to look for the best way to accomplish it that will enable us to make optimal use of our time and resources to arrive at the best possible outcome. That, according to the Bible, is both prudent and profitable.
To take it a step further, we might add that strategic planning becomes most biblical when church leaders line it up with the basics of life in Christ. That has been the purpose of this Practicum — to run all we do as leaders through that grid. The next post will look at how strategic it is for planning to both reflect and promote our church purpose.
Also Read: Leadership Skill – Strategic Planning