Organizations, businesses, groups, and institutions around the world all participate in strategic planning. When it works right, it is a wonderful process that clearly defines the end result that each organization expects. For people it is a tedious process that requires a lot of time, resources, and effort that involves rallying the troops long enough to ask the hard, diligent questions that will answer the essential question: “How will we accomplish this?”
This question is the most essential question of strategic planning. It is what generates who is needed, how much money is needed, how long it will take, and what the challenges that we face are. If an organization doesn’t engage in strategic planning, there is a great possibility of wasted resources, customer’s needs being omitted and dismissed, and aimless, mundane work overtaking the day-to-day busyness of the organizations’ key agents.
What’s amazing is that God engaged in strategic planning. Before time began, He understood that at some point sin would be an issue for the world. So, within the Trinity, he established a staff retreat to address this issue and to ask the essential question – “How will we fix the problem?” After intense discussions, role play, case studies, and roundtable conversations, it was determined that the most strategic, long-term solution was to send Jesus Christ to die for the sins of all future generations.
Revelation 13: 8 reads, “Revelation 13:8 “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” Notice the wording, “from the foundation of the world…” That is strategic planning.
In theological studies, the word foreordained arises with this concept. What this means in laymen’s terms is strategic planning. It is the analyzation of the problem, determination of viable solutions, and resolves to make a decision AHEAD of time to resolve an issue.
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