Graça e paz! If God is all-knowing and God’s Spirit is constantly working in our lives, is it right for a faithful disciple of Jesus to make plans? After all, God’s got everything under control! In our servant leadership training, we emphasize two key concepts in response to these concerns: “planning with open hands” and “discernment.” The first describes an attitude of humility that holds plans lightly, allowing God to surprise us with changes.
The second is the discipline of always seeking God’s leading, recognizing that God already has this thing “Strategic planning” has many definitions and techniques, but one tool we regularly employ is called “appreciative inquiry” (AI). We recently applied AI in two different settings. First, we led a year-long AI process to revitalize the National Baptist Men’s department that went dormant a number of years ago. A Task Force of six leaders conducted hundreds of interviews to discern what gives life to men’s ministry in today’s world. They produced a “one-page program plan” (another of our favorite tools) that has already created excitement and the expectation that the Men’s Department will be able to “empower and mobilize … valiant men for Christ.”
Then, Pastor Jesus (his real name!), of Central Baptist Church in Anápolis, Goiás State, asked us to lead a three-part AI process for about 40 church leaders. This is an amazing church family that participates in God’s mission in the world locally, nationally and internationally. They produced a very exciting vision for the church in 2025, and now they’re on their way!
What a blessing it is for us to have the opportunity to strengthen and empower Brazilian Baptists! Thanks to YOU, we are able to “build up the Body of Christ” in these practical ways.
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