So, in the fall, we are planning to do a visioning retreat. The hope is to look at the future of our church and our community and our ministries and set goals for the next 5, 10, or 20 years. Projecting who we want to be and some of the things we need to do to get there sounds appropriate and necessary. The only problem is: I'm totally winging it! I have done planning for educational goals...4 years from now...finish BA, 7 years from now...MDiv...8 years....ordination. But aside from that, on a large scale for a multitude of people and not just myself, I've never done it.
I'm pretty good at winging it. I'm also fairly good and simply being faithful to the call and trusting that God will guide us appropriately. But I would like to be a little more prepared before we get to the fall (which, for the record, is not all that far away). As part of my personal pastoral covenant, I have decided to read at least 2 books on visioning.
So, today, I am looking for book suggestions to lead us through this process. Or just suggestions in general for how we can do proper planning for our church and our community and how we can help lead the larger congregation into the vision. Any takers?!