7-Church Planning Tools

100% of the funds for the congregational planning resources below goes towards mission work around the world.

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Strategic Planning Bundle: $199

Description: Many church leaders have contacted us for our recommendation of books and materials to help guide their churches in a congregational planning process. For that reason we have put together a Strategic Planning Bundle which includes six copies of the following planning book and three planning tools:

The Church of God’s Intent: Strategies for Renewal
by Earl Lavender and Robert Glenn

Preview: From a strong scriptural base, this study challenges church leaders and members alike to develop a vision spurring them toward authentic spiritual growth. It then provides a practical planning cycle that will help a church grow toward maturity. “Spiritual renewal is a process which manifests itself through heart-felt, re-dedication to ministry to the glory of God by every member of the body of Christ”.

CP’s Congregational Planning Document (See below)
CP’s Leadership Questionnaire (See below)
CP’s Congregational Survey (See below)

Note: Once you begin your planning process we suggest each church leader (or each member of your planning committee, whichever is most applicable) have their own copy of the book above, available at $8.00 per copy.


Congregational Planning Document

Item #CP101
Size: 24×36
Price: $125.00 (when ordered individually) for the master license which allows you to make unlimited copies. (Churches entering into a comprehensive planning process will need the master license) The master license is sent to you via e-mail ready to customize for your church’s specific needs.

Format: Comes ready to use. An excellent planning resource for church leaders who want to develop a comprehensive planning document for every ministry of their church. Completed in pencil, it can be updated in future months to address current planning needs.

The following areas are included on the Congregational Planning Document:

NEEDS: What needs are we burdened by and feel qualified to meet?
PURPOSE: What are we supposed to be doing? Why do we exist?
RESULT: What is the single best measurable indicator that we are accomplishing our purpose?
VISION: What is the clear, challenging picture of the future of the ministry as you believe that it can and must be?
CORE VALUES: What are the constant, passionate, biblical core beliefs that drive the ministry? Why do we do what we do?
OVERRIDING OBJECTIVES: What are the three primary objectives we want to achieve this year that each ministry will seek to contribute to?
OBJECTIVES: In what three to seven areas will we be actively involved to accomplish our purpose? Who is accountable?
MILESTONES: What major milestones have we already accomplished and can celebrate?
IDEAS: What ideas should we consider turning into goals in the near future?
ROADBLOCKS: What is keeping us from reaching our objectives and goals?
RESOURCES: What are our greatest resources?
QUARTERLY GOALS: What are our specific, measurable targets of accomplishment we want to achieve within the next 90 days?
SHORT-RANGE GOALS: What are our specific, measurable targets of accomplishment we want to achieve within the next 2 years?
MID-RANGE GOALS: What are our specific, measurable targets of accomplishment we want to achieve within the next 2-5 years?
LONG-RANGE GOALS: What are we dreaming of accomplishing within the next 5-20 years?


Congregational Survey

Item #CP200
Size: 11×17
Price: $75.00 (when ordered individually) for the master license which allows you to make unlimited copies. (Churches entering into a comprehensive planning process will need the master license) The master license is sent to you via e-mail ready to customize for your church’s specific needs.

Content: 43 questions divided into five parts, provides excellent planning information. Designed to be administered to the entire congregation. Data can be summarized by volunteers in your congregation and analyzed by using Microsoft Excel or comparable software program.

Part I: You and Your Family 
(Demographic data)
13 questions, multiple choice

Part II: Your Involvement at this Congregation 
(Individual member activities)
10 questions, multiple choice

Part III: Assessment
(Member’s evaluation of current programs)
6 questions, 2 questions with 26 and 10 possible responses respectively
multiple choice and rating

Part IV: Our Church Facilities
(Specific questions about facility needs)
5 questions, 1 question with 7 possible responses, multiple choice

Part V: Your Vision for this Church
(Member’s statements of strengths, weaknesses, mission, vision and
overall satisfaction level)
9 questions, primarily essay format)


Leadership Questionnaire

Item #CP300
Size: 11×17
Price: $45 (when ordered individually) for the master license which allows you to make unlimited copies. (Churches entering into a comprehensive planning process will need the master license) The master license is sent to you via e-mail ready to customize for your church’s specific needs. Excellent resource for strategic planning process or opening discussion for leadership retreat. A must for beginning any planning process or leadership retreat.

Content: 10 questions, essay format with follow-up rating on satisfaction level, strengths, weaknesses, key issues, priorities, growth actions, obstacles, additional resources, mission and vision.