Future Planning 2 Guide

Published on: September 16, 2015

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Are you looking for proven ways that will allow your ministry to create an inspiring future? Are you interested in engaging spiritual community members in focusing on their shared future and serving in meaningful ways that support collective dreams becoming realities? Would you like proven ways to take action on your Future Plan and sustain it until you achieve your intended outcomes? Are you desiring to know how you can bring your vision, mission and values alive and embody them?

A ministry that is growing and hopes to sustain growth needs a clear and exciting vision and mission and a set of strategies to guide it. This sets a common intention for your future and allows for program development and building a shared understanding of the steps and roles required to achieve the desired outcomes.

The Future Planning 1 and 2 Guides are an aggregate of best practices designed to support any-sized ministry in creating a Future Plan together.

The intention of these guides is to provide an integrative, inclusive and conscious process that generates a sense of deep connection for your members and an exciting, motivating plan for the future of your spiritual community.

A future plan is the result of a process to identify: (1) your present situation, (2) your driving vision, mission and core values, (3) the intended future outcomes, and (4) the goals and steps to achieve these outcomes.

The Future Planning 2 Guide provides:Cover_FuturePlan2_Journal

  • A clear overview of the future planning process.
  • Step-by-step guidance.
  • Specific examples from successful experiences in the field-testing ministries.
  • Resources that support you as you engage in the process.

The Future Planning 2 Guide builds on the work done using the Future Planning 1 GuideWhile it is optimal to begin with the steps in Future Planning 1 Guide, it is not necessary. The Future Planning 2 Guide is designed to support you in identifying the future (what you are creating and how to get there).

The Guide gives guidance for three primary steps:

  1. Setting the future direction (vision, mission, core values, outcomes and actions)
  2. Implementing the future plan as a living guiding document
  3. Keeping the vision, mission, core values and action plan alive

The Future Planning 2 Guide is unique among the other UWM Leadership and Ministry Development Resource Guides in that it provides an overview of setting the future direction step. This step may require a trained facilitator (from Unity Worldwide Ministries Ministry Skills Team or a local professional) who can objectively guide your unique congregation through the different phases of this step. Therefore the part of this guide that focused on setting the future directions step explains what rather than how. It is a primer on what a future plan includes. The second and third steps (Implementing the Future Plan and Keeping the Vision, Mission, Core Values and Action Plan Alive) provide more specific “how-to” steps.

Working with this guide and resources can revitalize and focus your ministry as members come together to create and implement the future plan with opportunities to grow, contribute and serve in meaningful ways.

While the ultimate goal of the future planning process is to develop a plan, the real value of the exercise often lies in the process itself. This approach encourages key stakeholders to believe in the ministry’s vision of the future and increase their commitment to achieving it.

Read the related articles about the Leadership and Ministry Development Resource Guides, the Spiritual Gifts Discovery Facilitator’s Guide, the Sacred Service Ministry Guide, the Emotional and Spiritual Development Guide, the Leadership Development Guide and the Future Planning 1 Guide.


How Can UWM Members Access the Guides?

Note:  These guides are free to Unity ministers and ministries as a membership benefit and as a thank-you for your support to UWM. Others outside Unity are welcome to visit our Shop to purchase these ministry-enhancing items.

UWM members (ministers and ministries) are welcome to watch this video which explains how to access the guides.



Want support as you work with these guides? Contact us.
Questions? Email or call us 816.524.7414.


Deborah Frownfelter

Rev Deborah Frownfelter serves as Executive Director of Visionary Research, Development and Training at UWM and supervised the field-testing process as well as co-authored most of the Leadership and Ministry Development Resource Guides.

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