Inspired by Finance

Today was the day… 3 of my former colleagues visited Agape. It was an interesting meeting where we talked about vision, mission, goals, critical success factors, performance indicators… so good to be back in business for one day 🙂

We had the opportunity to share what Agape is about, and at the same time we could benefit from the expertise and experiences of the consultants. They took us through the process of breaking down some of our ‘strategic goals’ into specific and measurable factors. Very useful, but also revealing the blind spots in the strategic plans… (eehhm, what strategic plans? :-)) We know sort of what to do to attain our goals, but there is a lot of homework to do before we know exactly. What struck us was how the consultants exposed some of the difficulties within Agape and Agape management by asking one or two questions – that’s what I call experience!

I hope this day is just the start of a process of good spiritual strategic thinking. The interesting question is of course the role of strategic management versus the guidance of the Spirit: do we plan or do we pray… but nevertheless it’s worthwhile learning from experienced consultants.

Best analogy of the day: Agape is a consultancy firm

Best moment of the day: Wouter Burggraaf reads the Agape Mission Statement: takes out his Bible and reads Matthew 28:19,20: Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.

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