PLANNING WITH A COMMUNITY IN MIND

June 12, 2015
10. Planning With A Community In Mind

The following post in an excerpt from Bill Woolsey’s book “Seven Steps to Start”. You can also read more of Bill’s book by purchasing it here.

Any plan begins with the people and community because they are the focus of your efforts. While your start should tie deeply into your heart, this new exercise class for young moms is for the young moms, not for you. Do you enjoy getting fit? Fantastic. Do young mothers occupy a spot on your admiration shelf? Great. A passion without a need is simply a hobby; when your passions align with the needs of a community, you have a mission.


A passion without a need is simply a hobby.
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Your goal is to become a community expert. Think like a missionary; learn the ins and outs of the community and those who call it home. Walk the streets and visit the mom and pop businesses. Attend worship on Sundays in the local churches. Set up appointments with those leaders who can open doors in the community: mayor, school superintendent, sheriff, city councilwoman.


When your passions align with the needs of a community, you have a mission.
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Think about your community. What are the top 5 things that your community loves? When you observe the behaviors of the residents, what values do you see? How important is family life? What about sports? What type of entertainment do people rely on?

As a sacramental entrepreneur, you should learn the passions of your community.

Is there one institution or activity that commands more control of the calendar than another? In the suburbs, the school district often owns the top spot. In some rural settings, the growing and harvest seasons set the clock. In vacation-oriented communities the weather and recreation shapes the calendar. In cities and urban settings, ethnic rituals and traditions might drive the heart of the neighborhood.

The point is a simple one: as you plan, tell me who you feel called to reach and where. Then let that shape the direction of your mission.


As a sacramental entrepreneur, you should learn the passions of your community.
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BY BILL WOOLSEY

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