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SCCD Strat Planning – Feb 2011

STRATEGIC PLANNING for 2011 -2016 brought hopes and dreams for SCCD. SWOT analysis was used for simple yet comprehensive analysis techniques for Board and CRO assessment. SWOT analysis is a strategic planning method used to evaluate the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities & Threats involved in a project. It involves specifying the objective and identifying the internal and external factors that are favorable and unfavorable to achieve that objective. The technique is credited to Albert Humphrey. There were 24 participants who came in to oversee and evaluate the 5 years Strat Plan in 2006-2011. This activity will continue the work from 2011-2016 bringing our talents and gifts for the purpose of advancing Christ mission and vision in the Church’s life. The Pastoral Team led the church to Christ vision and carry on what is called for the Church.

REFLECTIONS from STRATEGIC PLANNING 2011-2016

A Rewarding Pursuit

By: Nanette Barzaga

UCCP SCCD had its Strategic Planning last February 26, 2011.  A total of 21 officers and members of different Boards and CRO’s attended the event.    The Pastoral team headed by Pastor Ronell and Pastor Beate Hernandez facilitated the activities.    The Strategic Planning was an important part interspersed in the worship.  “Building Community through Loving Service” was the theme focus.

I was there… I’m glad I was part of it!

In 2006 the 5-Year Strategic Planning 2006- 2011 was successfully conducted for SCCD through the facilitation of Dr. Pearl Tayco.  Outputs of the first planning were reviewed and analyzed.   It was a joyous feeling  looking back on how  God’s people worked hand in hand five years ago, together dreaming, unified in planning and  one in faith and journey in a common pursuit.   The plans created then were recalled, documents are reviewed and the eagerness of the hearts’ desire for the betterment of the church was rekindled.  One would surely say “God is really amazing!”

1 Kings 2:3 and keep the charge of the Lord your God, walking in his ways and keeping his statutes, his commandments, his rules, and his testimonies, as it is written in the Law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn -strikingly reminded us of what shall be our main pursuit -Keeping the charge of the Lord our G od.

The Pastors challenged the participants with a question, after analyzing the previous documents of the 2006- Strategic Planning,  what then shall we do with the unrealized plans,  we were caught by instantly reflecting on possible titles,  Needs Improvement, Not Applicable, Unrealized,  Disregarded, or we just simply put Dropped!  But, no,  we were helped to realize that such are meant to be there because at the time of planning God was with us.  God is the most important part of the planning and part of keeping the charge of the Lord is accepting correction and learning.

1 Kings 2:3 is a great inspiration in planning,: we should be walking in God’s ways sacrificing and surrendering to what God wants us to accomplish.  When we put ourselves away and desire to follow the Lord’s way, we put all our efforts, talents, motivations, desires, trainings, our willingness and directions, then we call for the pursuit of God.

All the participants in the 5-Strategic Planning 2011-2016 were seen with smiles on their faces.  Faced with impediment of fear and uncertainties for the future, each was seen with the positive attitude that nothing is impossible with God.  When members of the church work together for a common pursuit and each is reminded that to ensure that  the plans are fulfilled,  that all responsibilities God has trusted on us are realized, we should have complete dependency on Him.  God will never leave us.

It is a rewarding pursuit –  To plan for the betterment of the church and see what can be done for the coming years.  Rewarding,  not because an individual’s name will be raised and recognized.   Rewarding, not because we can proudly say we have successfully achieved our plans.   Rewarding,  not because we will forever be remembered by the next generation in the church.  Rewarding,  because we keep the charge of the Lord our God.  We should always put to mind that nothing is ever successfully accomplished by an individual or a group in his/ their  own strength. In  John 14: 16-17,  “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you…. The HELPER lives within us.