Strategy: Stops Along The Way

Leadership / Time Management/Organization //

This post is part one of a series called “Being Strategic Matters”


So now you have figured out where you are and where you want to be…whats next?  Well, if you were on a road trip the next thing to do would be to figure out where you will need to stop and gas up.  When creating a strategy it is a great idea to make a list of things that need to happen to get you from A to Z and then figure out what order they need to happen in.

  • Make a list of things that need to happen:  I always tell young people getting ready to move out on their own to pay rent and utilities into their saving account for 3 months before they move out.  If at any point they have to dip into their savings account to pay for something then they aren’t ready to move out.  They need to start over.  Make a list of what pieces need to fall into place to make your goal a reality.
  • Prioritize:  When you prioritize your list you can get a great picture of what you need to be working on first.  You will most likely notice that one step has to happen before you can attack something else.  For example, at my church I have been busy working on defining SHARE to our people.  Before I can really unfold this with our congregation I have to make sure our staff gets it, then our key ministry leaders, then I can finally unveil it to everyone.  One thing builds off of the other.
  • Again, add a measure of time to it:  How long are your mini goals going to take to fulfill?  Break your goals into 1 month, 3 month, six month and 12 month goals (and beyond if you need to)  That way you can see exactly where you are going.

I do this with every ministry I have ever led.  I also do this with every ministry I consult with.  I call it a Vision Strategy.  It is a document that lays out everything I need to accomplish over the next year.  Throughout the year I go to each mini goal and type what was accomplished and how it was done in red.  It is a huge help for me to look back and also something I can show the people I lead and report to so they can see how far we have come.

If you would like a sample of what a Vision Strategy looks like I would be glad to send you one.  Contact me and I can email it to you.





About the Author

Joe McAlpine is the Pastor of Share at Northbrook Church. Northbrook is a growing church just outside of Milwaukee WI. He has been in ministry for over a decade, serving in staff leadership at churches ranging in attendance from 500 to 7,000. Prior to his current ministry, Joe had the privilege of leading the children’s ministry at Northview Church, the 5th fastest growing and 85th largest church in America in 2013. In 2009 he created www.joemcalpine.com, a website dedicated to helping leaders in next generation ministry grow spiritually, relationally and organizationally. Joe has a passion to help young leaders of next generation, family based ministries grow into seasoned ministry professionals oftomorrow. Joe lives out his passion for next generation leaders by tapping into his experience as a husband of one, father of four, pastor and life long lover of of learning. Joe has been happily married to his wife Christy for longer than he can remember and has four children, Elijah, Selah, David, and Elisabeth. The McAlpines are originally from the Chicago area. In his spare time you can find him hanging with the family and connecting with as many kidmin people as he can!