I have always been a person who loves new beginnings and fresh starts. So you can imagine how I am particularly excited about GraceWorks’ new strategic plan. Increasing my excitement to a higher level is the fact that we also added ten new board members in this new fiscal year. Please visit our website at www.graceworksminsitries.net to see who they are. I am over the moon with feelings of hope and possibility for the future of GraceWorks. I believe we are off to a good start this year of intentionally and purposefully serving better, serving smarter, and serving more.
Before I share the goals of the strategic plan, I first would like to share the value of having a plan.
Strategic planning is important to an organization because it provides a sense of direction and outlines measurable goals. Strategic planning is a tool that is useful for guiding day-to-day decisions and also for evaluating progress and changing approaches when moving forward.
— USA Today Network
We can all agree that it is imperative to have a plan. We can also agree with God, that “unless the Lord builds a city, it is built in vain.” So after much prayer and deliberation, we came up with these six goals, (hence the title the Big Six), that we set to accomplish within a three year plan. Our additional prayer is that these goals touch every aspect of our ministry. We wanted to address both the needs of our neighbors as well as our internal and external ministry needs.
- Goal #1 – Partner Relationship – Intentionally initiate new and cultivate existing partner relationships
- Goal #2 – Staff Development – Optimize staff composition; competency and capacity
- Goal #3 – Scope of Services – To provide relevant and sustainable services through a high-quality experience
- Goal #4 – Governance and Board Development – Ensure highly effective governance and best practices
- Goal #5 – Technology – Establish and sustain efficiency technology
- Goal #6 – Expansion – Replicate the GraceWorks mission where God leads
As you can see, these goals are broadly defined. Maybe even on first glance some may even feel incomplete. For instance you might be wondering where volunteers are considered. Because volunteers play such an important role at GraceWorks, they are included in Goal #2 under Staff Development. Or you may ask, what about donors to GraceWorks or our prayer warriors? Nope, we didn’t forgot about those either – they are some of our most important partners! Rightly so, they are included in Goal #1, Partner Relationship. There are written sub points to each of these strategies that I didn’t include because I just didn’t have room to say everything here.
There are other details behind each goal that we will be honing in on to expand the unique specificity of each. We will be putting processes, measurable results and named accountabilities around each one as well. To facilitate these processes, we have formed subcommittees consisting of board, staff, and some community volunteers to help us put all these things in to place.
GraceWorks is your ministry, and we want to be fully embraced by you, so please feel free to write or call me with any questions. In the meantime, I am asking you to be praying for us as well as be an advocate for all that I unveil. I hope you have already been spreading the news about our new mission statement, Neighbor serving Neighbor by the power of God’s grace. One of our loyal supporters told me she loved the mission statement so much, it made her cry. Now she is telling everyone about it, and I encourage you all to do the same!
Together, we are moving forward to make GraceWorks all that God has called it to be. I am grateful for your partnership and the many ways that you are the “wind beneath our wings.” Thank you!
Serving in His Name,
Valencia A. Breckenridge, CEO