Saturday, December 12, 2009

Our 2010 Strategic Plan

OK, I know it's been a while since my last post. Below is one reason for that--the 2010 strategic plan for FBC Temple City. It's like goals on steroids. Later, I will post a report on the Big Day Strategy mentioned in the plan.

2010 Strategic Plan—First Baptist Church, Temple City

December 9, 2009


We want to be a Christian church in which the greatness of Jesus Christ can be experienced and entered into by people from all nations (through faith in the bodily resurrected Jesus Christ) and which will continue to impact and transform the San Gabriel Valley by deeds of love done in His name and for His glory.


· To spread the Good News that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world and to make faithful disciples from people of all nations, according to the Word of God (Matthew 1:21; 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 2:11)

· To demonstrate the reality of God's love for our neighbors through service to the community (Mark 12:30-31, Luke 10:29-37; Mark 10:42-45; I John 3:16-18)

· To glorify God by preparing believers for personal growth and purposeful action (Mark 1:16-18, John 15:8; Eph 4:11-16)


Worshipping God: We were made to love God with all our hearts. We believe that worship is both the celebration of the love of God as well as surrender to the will of God.

The Family of God: We were made to experience being the family of God. We believe that fellowship means time together, study together and service together. We believe that this best happens in the context of a small group. We believe that we are called to be an English-speaking church that warmly welcomes and enfolds people from all nations and languages.

Growth in Jesus Christ: We were made to continue to grow as followers of Jesus Christ. We believe that spiritual growth is a lifelong process. This means obedience to Jesus Christ's commands, regular study of God's Word, living a life of prayer and serving one another in love.

Impact on the Community: We were made to change the world by making disciples from all nations. We believe that there is no one thing more important than sharing the greatness of Jesus Christ to all persons, locally and globally.

THE WORSHIP PLANNING SYSTEM: “How we plan, execute and evaluate the worship services.”

2010 OVERALL GOAL: Our goal is to increase the number of worship support workers (those helping with sound and projection) by 100% and to improve the physical set-up for worship.


1. Train a minimum of 6 people to assist with sound and projection

2. Alter the platform for more flexible usage for worship.

3. Improve stage lighting

4. Improve the projection to allow people on the platform to easily see what is being projected.


1. Hold a minimum of three training opportunities for sound and projection

2. Make stage and lighting alterations

a. make an alteration plan, including a budget

b. determine cost and if needed, raise funding

c. make alterations by September 1, 2010

3. Assure stage projection improvement

a. explore available options

b. make an alteration plan, including a budget

c. determine cost and if needed, raise funding

d. make alterations by September 1, 2010

THE EVANGELISM SYSTEM: “How we attract people to our church”

2010 OVERALL GOAL: Our goal is to touch the lives of 16,000 people living the Temple City area with God’s love through the people of FBC.


1. To touch 2,000 people through the Camellia Festival

2. To touch 10,000 people through three newspaper insertions

3. To touch 1,000 people through personal invitation (mostly in conjunction with Big Days)

4. To touch 3,000 people through the website.


1. Train at least 75% of adults in evangelism and world missions involvement.

a. Through Sunday message teaching throughout the year

b. Church wide small group campaign

c. On the job training at outreach events

d. Send a missions team to Taiwan in Summer, 2010

2. Engage 50% of small group participants in evangelism and/or outreach events

a. By Sunday morning teaching

b. By small group teaching

c. By making outreach an expectation in small groups via training of leaders

3. Offer at least three special classes or seminars on personal evangelism

a. Offer 401 at least twice

b. Offer a seminar or small group devoted to personal evangelism

4. Promote our website via Constant Contact emails and through Google Adwords advertising

5. Have three “Big Days” in 2010 for the purpose of breaking growth barriers: Feb. 14, April 4 (Easter) and October 10.

THE CONNECTION SYSTEM: “How we move people from first time guests to members at our church”

2010 OVERALL GOAL: To increase the proportion of first time guests who return and stay long-term.


1. Improve the First Impressions ministry

a. Have regular training for FI workers (three to four times a year)

b. Have a working schedule for FI workers

c. Have a FI worker in the back courtyard between services

2. Establish the First Response ministry

a. Train FR workers (once or twice a year)

b. Have a working schedule for FR workers

3. Improve “neutral spaces” (interactive areas)

a. Strategically place round tables and benches to encourage discussion and interaction after worship services by Easter

b. Modernize appearance and atmosphere in restrooms by Easter

4. Improve the atmosphere in the lobby by Easter

a. Better lighting

b. More colorful pictures

THE SMALL GROUP SYSTEM: “How we fill and reproduce small groups at our church.”

2010 OVERALL GOAL: Increase the number of discipleship groups (both Sunday School classes and Growth Groups) by 50% over 2009’s average. (This includes youth and children’s ministry.)


1. Establish a baseline for 2009 to compare numerical increase in groups

2. Have at least 3 training experiences annually for teachers of classes and groups

3. Evaluate space for classes on campus

4. Recruit new leaders for groups


1. Keep working the “activate” system in growing our groups

a. Follow the focus/form/fill/facilitate formula

b. Publicize classes and groups three times a year (also known as “fill” months)

c. Strategize group numbers based on attendance need

2. Make our groups the primary source of new leaders

a. Use the “big ask” strategy

b. Have leader identify potential new leaders

3. Make our groups the primary agents of outreach

a. Make outreach once per “term” mandatory for groups

b. Work with leaders to make outreach part of group culture

4. Make our groups the primary centers of ministry

a. Use the “big ask” strategy

b. Work with leaders to identify currently under-involved people

THE MINISTRY SYSTEM: “How we mobilize people for significant ministry at our church.”

2010 OVERALL GOAL: We want to see new leaders for classes and growth groups, new participants in First Impressions ministry and other areas of ministry


1. Identify, recruit and train group leaders (see more under small groups)

2. Identify, recruit and train First Impressions participants (see more under connection)


1. Follow the training plan for small groups (see more under small groups)

2. Train FI workers through classes and seminars (see more under connection)

THE STEWARDSHIP SYSTEM: “How we develop extravagant givers at our church.”

2010 OVERALL GOAL: To increase giving by 5% over 2009 levels.


1. Review all elements of stewardship system

2. Get online giving going

3. Increase debit giving to 20 giving units in 2010

4. Teach on giving via the pulpit and classes for a total of no less than 6 sessions


1. Do a monthly short form, and annual long for stewardship review

2. Investigate online giving alternatives by March 1

a. Online research

b. Check with at least three churches using online giving

3. Have a debit/automated giving push in late spring (after Easter)

THE LEADERSHIP SYSTEM: “How we develop leaders at all levels at our church.”



1. Enlist new leaders for First Impressions ministry

(See details under assimilation)

2. Enlist new leaders for Growth Groups

(See details under small groups)

3 Engage training for Board members

a. Special training at annual retreat

b. At least four in-service training components as part of Board meetings

c. Encourage board members to attend offsite events such as TransMin conferences

2. Have Town Hall conversations with congregation three times a year

a. January: on annual strategy

b. May: summer events and strategy

c. September: fall events and strategy

THE STRATEGY SYSTEM: “How we constantly evaluate and improve our church”



1. Review each system as part of annual strategy/goal setting

2. Review each system on an annual rotation of systems for examination

3. Additional training in strategic planning for Lead Pastor


1. Annual strategic planning beginning September 1 to be complete by November 1

2. Set systems review calendar


Implementation of yearly strategy and goals




Small Groups






World Missions (not one of the 8 systems, but reviewed well in advance of WMO)






Ministry, Strategy


Stewardship, Strategy


Evangelism, Strategy



3. Lead pastor to engage in additional training and study on strategic planning each year

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