BY STEVE DUNN
How often do you pray in your planning process? I am not talking about the perfunctory or obligatory prayer that so often begins a planning meeting. Nor am I talking about the prayer that comes at the end of a planning process that basically asks God to baptize the plans you have made. I am speaking of the empowering prayer that should pervade the planning process.
The empowering prayer that I am speaking of is prayer that acknowledges that the Holy Spirit is the leader in this process and seeks first to know the mind of Christ about a situation or a potential opportunity or an emerging vision. It is prayer that asks God to show His hand already at work and to reveal His heart for what what needs to occur. It is prayer that asks God to make plain the outcome He desires. It is prayer that asks God to guide the initial brainstorming that often generates the strategies. It is prayer that asks God to help you discern what is in the best interests of a church that seeks to be faithful and fruitful for the Kingdom.
Let me submit that it is prayer that you engage in before you ever set an item on the agenda for consideration.