Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. - Ephesians 4:11-13 - New Living Translation
The above scripture inspires Buskirk Solution's Strategic Visioning/Planning work with congregations. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians demonstrates that he always had the eye on the big picture, even as he was encouraging the conversion and spiritual growth of individuals. He was looking toward the impact of all the preaching and teaching and baptizing. That’s vision.
Buskirk Solutions' facilitated process engages a faith community to articulate its role in this vision based on the gifts with which God has equipped the congregation. Leadership is guided to prayerfully analyze congregational input, calling on the Holy Spirit’s guidance to sharpen ears to hear and eyes to see. The work results in a shared sense of identity, purpose and direction.
This energizing process produces a framework for ongoing strategic decision-making. With it, leadership is empowered to respond quickly and effectively to changing realities, staying true to the values and direction identified by the congregation.
To learn more and explore possibilities, contact Buskirk Solutions. We will listen and then create a project proposal customized to your congregation’s culture, needs and timeline.
“Linda’s listening and guidance helped us to hear ourselves in new ways. As we named and worked with the gifts and passions of the congregation we crafted a vision statement that is still providing energy and direction five years later. We are grateful for her expertise that she exercised with genuine curiosity and encouragement for who God was calling us to be.” - Brenda Hostetler Meyer, Co-pastor, Benton Mennonite Church
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