SEND's International Manual says that “All members will develop clear ministry related goals with their supervisor or team leader based on their ministry assignment.” (p. 26). This guide seeks to give some guidance to the process of developing those ministry related goals.
Both are a set of goals for the coming year. However, they focus on different things. The AMP describes your ministry priorities for the coming year. The IGP, on the other hand, describes what you plan to do to nurture your own personal growth and development so that you can be better equipped to fulfill your ministry goals. The IGP is a plan to better equip us so that we have the training and knowledge to fulfill our AMP.
What is the difference between the Annual Ministry Plan (AMP) and the IGP?
|AMP (Annual Ministry Plan)||IGP (Individual Growth Plan)|
|Determines ministry priorities for the coming year||Determines learning priorities for the coming year|
|Focused outward (on ministry tasks)||Focused inward (on developing the minister)|
|The goal is to impact/serve others||The goal is help yourself grow|
|About chopping firewood||About sharpening the axe used to chop firewood|
|The team has a team AMP and each team member also has their own AMP.||IGP is only individual.|
|e.g. Start 2 new Bible studies this year||e.g. enroll in training in how to facilitate small group Bible studies|
|e.g. Communicate at least 4 times this year with my donors and prayer partners, using stories about what God is doing in the lives of people||Read “God and Elephants: A Worshipper's Guide to Raising Support”|
Annual Ministry Plan goals should focus on new initiatives, not just a list of ministries that you will continue from the past.
Your goals should be things that require some new initiative on your part - not things that happen almost automatically every year because they are part of your job. For example, the team leader would not put “Lead team meetings” on their AMP, because the team leader would be required to do this regardless of whether it was on his/her Annual Ministry Plan or not.
Do not write goals for things that will happen regardless of whether you set a goal or not. SEND U does not set a goal to “hold MOP in July” because that is a well-established pattern that would happen, regardless of whether SEND U would set a goal or not.
There will always be more good ideas than you have the capacity, time and strength to accomplish in the coming year. The process of setting goals is a process of setting priorities for the limited energy and time that you have.
You should set no more than 7-8 annual goals. Fewer is probably better. It is much better to set 2-3 critically important ministry goals than 12 goals. If you have too many goals, you will lose your ability to focus on what is most important.
The number of goals you set in any year depends to some extent how many ongoing commitments you already have. If you are already committed to a large number of ongoing ministries, you will not have the capacity to add many new initiatives.