Ministry Planning & Review

A tool for assessing, supporting, and celebrating your ministry

Those involved in ministry tend to be self-motivated persons who define their own agendas, establish their own objectives, and work until they achieve them. Most church staff members do not count hours; they work until the job is done. While such behavior reveals deep devotion to the church, it also reveals, when examined, a pattern of “time robbing” of which many engaged in ministry are guilty. In order to achieve their objectives and complete their work, they tend to steal time from themselves and other high priority aspects of life that can effect spiritual, emotional, physical, intellectual and relational health.

Ministry Planning and Review (MP&R) is a process that starts with the idea that employees of the church should participate in the analysis of their work in a context reflecting the mission of the church
The Ministry Planning and Review System is designed to help members and leaders of church staffs build more satisfying and fruitful ministries. How a staff member plans for and then carries out a plan for ministry will in large measure determine the effectiveness of the staff.

But planning by itself is not enough! For one’s ministry to be most effective, a support system is required. The MP&R System is a way to combine careful planning for ministry with a supportive review process that involves members of staff with the staff leader.

MP&R is an approach that focuses leaders, teams, and congregation together on celebrating ministry while improving performance toward ministry results. MP&R builds up the body of Christ, strengthening the congregation in important ways: Pastor and other church leaders are enabled to better steward their competencies. Team relationships are strengthened. Pastoral and Team performance planning is improved. Persons who have used MP&R report feelings of being liberated for more creative ministry.

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