January 15, 2019

Connecting Strategic Plans with a Biblical Worldview

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Everything that we do as leaders in Christian education needs to live and breathe a Biblical perspective.  Our first morning explored the question:  Is it important for Christian schools to plan?  Some might say that we need to lean on the grace of God or God will provide.  Is there Biblical precedence to the idea of planning or strategic planning?

So we explored Scripture and unpacked in a discussion what these verses might mean for our training.

Proverbs 16:3  "Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans."

Luke 14:28  "Suppose one of you wants to build a tower (or a school or a classroom).  Won't you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?

Jeremiah 29:11  "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

Psalm 20:4  "May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed."

Proverbs 16:9  "In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their step."

Proverbs 15:22  "Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed."

Scripture seems to support the idea that we need to plan for the future.  In fact, the last passage even challenges us to share our ideas and get feedback and critique for our plans from others (team leadership).  God gives us the gift of leadership to ensure that we, as his ambassadors, look to the health, and well-being of our communities and institutions.  We do not lead planning for our own prosperity or benefit, but we do so for the hope and future of those whom we lead.  Ultimately, our plans need to benefit the children to whom we have been entrusted.  Leaning on God for wisdom to plan is essential.  Working with others to vet our plans sets up our communities for success.  And finally imagining and hoping for new and wonderful growth and success by careful planning allows us to create a path forward to ensure that children in the Dominican Republic communites that we serve can continue to experience a Christ-centred education!

 

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