Last night I spent hours with a Vision Pathway team at St. Luke's Methodist in Houston, refining, restating and refining further the articulation of strategy. It's a brutal process for [...]
In the process of articulating disciple-making strategy with church teams,
I have grown to appreciate the power of a napkin sketch. In fact, I emphasized in my new book released this week: The Dream Big Workbook released in collaboration with Exponential.
In the book, I ask teams to put together as napkin sketch strategy. I define strategy as a picture that shows how your church accomplishes its mission on the broadest level. It is your disciple-making pathway. I also think of it as:
- The operational logic of your church
- The pattern of participation of your people
- The rhythm of the body of Christ on mission
Think of your napkin sketch as a map with simple, easy, and obvious next steps. It clarifies what you do "at church" and "in life" to keep church programming less complicated. It should be fun to share with others. Done right, a simple napkin sketch is a weapon to fight the prevailing and broken models of church. Church is not somewhere a person goes for one hour week, it's a community of people living on mission everyday.
I will be uploading some videos of strategy napkin sketches on Thursday, March 16.