Creating Faith Goals for Your Church

Episode 737

How do you set goals for your church without slipping into pragmatism? Ed Stetzer talks with Ron Edmondson about “faith goals” and how to set them for your church.

In This Episode, You’ll Discover:

  • What a “faith goal” is
  • How to translate goals into action
  • Balancing internal and external goals
  • How to start the process of determining goals
  • Unique aspects of goal setting in a church plant

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Sharable Quotes (#NewChurches):

Does goal-setting presume on God? I do think goals are good. What’s it going to look like when what are we hoping to see happens? — Ed Stetzer

If you’re making a goal and there’s no stretching in it, that’s not going to be a faith goal. God is in charge of the increase, so it may not happen the way you intended. — Ron Edmondson

Do you have categories for different goals – internal staff goals and external partnership goals? How do you find a good balance? — Ed Stetzer

Everything you learn from the people who have multiple staff, be willing to translate the principle. You don’t translate practices; you translate principles. Start with the end in mind. What are you trying to achieve? Then work backward from that. — Ron Edmondson

If this is a faith goal, then where is God already working? We don’t want to go where God’s not at work. This is where it becomes a true faith initiative. — Ron Edmondson

People tend to overdo goal-setting when they’ve never done it before. They end up with, like, 15 goals. — Ed Stetzer

I use the last six weeks of the year to pray about and plan for the next year. Say, “If we’re going to take this church where it needs to go next year, what are the top two or three goals we need to have?” Don’t be afraid to ask for help. I always depend on that. — Ron Edmondson

Published March 23, 2023

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