Monday, August 01, 2011

A Plan

Over the past 2 months I have been writing up a Strategic Ministry Plan (Business Plan) for Leaders 4 Life. This past weekend our little team got together and poured over its 30+ pages. Although it still needs many edits and revisions before it's ready for public consumption, a basic plan has been written. 

Pastor Tony considers a space for a church which was never built. (Notice the cross to his left.)
 I've always known the "why" of Leaders 4 Life: in Matthew 28 Jesus commands his disciples to further his mission by making disciples of all nations, to carry on his work "to preach good news to the poor. ... to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor" (Luke 4:18-19). The "why" is that God has called us to carry on the mission Jesus began while he was on earth. But Jesus' vision is pretty broad and he also did a lot of specific things. So, within the overall scope of this mission of Jesus and the church, what should we--Leaders 4 Life--be about?

A well in Cambia.
Writing up a plan has helped us fine tune the "what" and the "how." It has forced us to think through exactly what it is we want to do and how, concretely, we might make it happen. Drafting it has been a good exercise for me. I've had to ask myself, "What do we really value?" and "How can we create something in an environment as challenging as Sierra Leone?" We've had to consider the differences in our own culture versus the culture in Sierra Leone. I've had to assess our strengths and weaknesses and set some goals. I've had to think through the "steps-before-the-steps" which we'll need to take before we can reach our goals, and I've pondered possibilities for our future. I've had to ask how we will get the word out about what we're doing and how to pay for what we do. And in all of this, our basic core commitments remain: a commitment to the gospel and the church, to leadership, to expertise, and to holistic ministry in Sierra Leone.
A school for children in Kenema.
No plan is perfect, but putting something on paper has already given direction for our team and created some excitement. It is our road-map, our compass. The writing process has helped crystallize things.

I won't bore you with the details here, but I will say this: the vision and mission of L4L flows out of who I am: a directionless young man from "sin city" with a radical conversion to Christianity, an amazing purpose and calling to Sierra Leone, a New Testament Ph.D. of high caliber, and a passion for high-level leadership.

More to come later ...

Leading 4 Life,
Chris