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.
The Annual Ministry Plan (AMP) is different from the Individual Growth Plan (IGP).
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 are 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.
How many annual goals should I set?
(to be done at the end of each year in preparation for the coming year)
Why are Individual Growth Plans important?
SEND International desires the personal and professional growth of every member of the mission. We believe that our members are our organization’s greatest resource, and therefore we want to maximize their effectiveness in accomplishing the overall mission of SEND and in bearing fruit in the individual ministries to which we have been called.
However, amp_igps are not only important for the sake of the organization. We believe that our ongoing growth and development brings glory to God and cooperates with the ongoing transformative work of the Holy Spirit within us, making us into the image of the Son. If our strengths, skills and even ministry roles are God's gifts to us, then we must be good stewards of those gifts, and seek to develop them to their greatest fruitfulness. Paul tells Timothy, “Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you. Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress.” - 1 Timothy 4:14–15.
In 2013, our SEND Directors’ Council said that all SEND members are expected to create an Individual Growth Plan each year, and the 2014 Directors’ Council reaffirmed this requirement for all members.
What learning activities should I put into my individual growth plan?
Your amp_igp should be closely connected to your Annual Ministry Plan. Your amp_igp will prepare and equip you for the ministry that God is putting before you in the coming year.
However, not all of the amp_igp goals need to be about preparing ourselves for ministry. The “Missionary Growth Areas” below lists different growth areas in three different major categories. It is important to look at learning holistically. Our calling encompasses all areas of our life, and so we should be considering all areas of our life as possible areas of growth.
Be creative. Think of people you might interview, books you want to read, places you might want to visit, sermons you want to listen to or mentors/coaches you want ask for help. Invite others, including your fellow missionaries and team leaders to suggest learning activities. Look for ideas on the SEND U wiki, which now includes an index of all resources on the wiki that would pertain to the three major areas of growth.
How much time should I devote to my own growth and development?
Learning and growing is never our sole responsibility. Our primary assignment remains our primary assignment. However, we believe that stopping regularly to sharpen the saw will make us more effective in the end. SEND allows us to give 10% of our time for our ongoing growth and development. That would be the equivalent of one morning a week.
(Note: the IGP is best done after you have completed your Annual Ministry Plan for the coming year)
Spiritual Formation (SF)
Ministry Skills (MS)
The links for the three major categories will take you to pages on the SEND U wiki that list resources for these 32 growth areas.
Although the forms are reproduced below, you will want to download the actual forms where you can fill out your AMP and the IGP from the SEND U site on SharePoint or by clicking on these links:
|Annual Ministry Plan and Progress Report for _(name)|
|SEND’s 2020 goal: By December of 2020 to see, 200 new workers (50 from outside of North America) and the engagement of 10 new unreached people groups.|
|Your team’s AMP goals for _(year)_||Date:|
|Your AMP goals for _(year)_||Date:|
Give a copy of your AMP to your supervisor (team leader). A copy of your IGP (following) can also be given to your supervisor, but this is not required.
|Individual Growth Plan of (name) for (year)|
|Priorities for growth for the coming year||Improvements you want to see in this area||Learning activities chosen to address this area (1-3 for each priority)||Date you plan to complete the learning activity||Actual completion date|
|Reflection on learning (at end of year)|
|Priorities for growth for the past year||Learning activities chosen to address this area||Significant lessons learned from these learning activities||Changes you have noticed as a result of your learning this past year|