That's what Presbyterians do.
For the most part, this used to work for a good part of recent history. Five year, ten year strategic plans were the smart things to do. How else could we expect to get some place without planning?
This used to work for a good chunk of time.
But it doesn't any more. The world has changed. The assumptions and rules by which we could fairly accurately predict the future no longer work in this rapidly changing world.
The only thing certain about the world we live in today is that things are constantly and rapidly changing. Things are changing so rapidly today, it's foolish for anyone to make predictions about what our world will look like five years from now, ten years from now, and base our entire future plans on such predictions.
So do we chuck strategic planning out the window?
Of course not.
In the midst of such rapid and radical change, it's time that Presbyterians recapture, relearn practice the faith discipline of prayer and discernment.
Before we head off planning leadership retreats and planning meetings about the next best five year strategic plan, how about we plan leadership prayer, listening, discerning retreats and meetings to ask God what he is already doing about this future?
How about we get really serious about the sovereignty of God, and take seriously that this sovereign God actually desires to lead his church?
How best to know where and how God is already leading his church than getting very serious about listening and discerning for God's guidance through a season of prayer and studying his word?
I bet, we just might discover that God's already at work to bring about the renewal and regeneration of his church.
And as we discern where he is already at work, we just might have the incredible privilege and honor of being a part of what God is already doing in this world to reconcile hurting, anxious, lost sinners to his awesome grace.
How cool would that be?.....