Biblical Strategic Planning

Align your team behind a clearly articulated vision of what God has called your school to be and do.


Clarify Your Vision


Detail Every Element

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A clearly articulated vision is crucial for success.

“Why does it seem that our school is stuck in third gear? Our caravan is definitely moving, but I’m not sure all of us are on the same road. It seems that some drivers in our caravan want to make their own roads! And why is it that we seem to have to ‘start over’ every year?”

The answer is probably what we call “visioneering.” 

You see, a clearly articulated vision is crucial for success. However, if your entire team does not buy-in to the vision, its priorities, its implementation strategies and its rewards, the vision is nothing more than words on paper.

For everyone to reach a desired goal, it takes agreement on the same goal (vision), at the same time (priorities), with the same preparation (training), with the same map (strategy).

It is leadership’s responsibility to craft the vision, set the priorities, provision the team, and guide the process.

GraceWorks calls this Visioneering.

The Visioneering Seminar

The Visioneering Seminar is a two-day session where you describe the Lord’s vision for your school in detail. Your consultant will pray with you, listen intently and act as a scribe to clearly and articulately write down all of the vivid details God has revealed through you. At the end of the seminar, you’ll have a clear articulation or re-articulation of your school’s Purpose, Mission and Core Values.

With your consultant’s guidance, you’ll detail every component of the vision — from enrollment to staffing to school growth, strategic planning, land acquisition and even BHAGS — Big, Hairy, Audacious, Goals. You’ll come away refreshed, with a concise statement of your vision that compels others to join the vision!

Take this powerful vision to the Prioritization Seminar and enlist other leader’s help with your vision

Seminar Features

When you complete your Visioneering Seminar, you will have:

With these strategic elements, you’ll be ready to share the vision and build a leadership team!

The Prioritization Seminar

The Prioritization Seminar transfers ownership of your vision to passionate leaders who will help you accomplish the mission. Using the plan developed from your Visioneering Seminar, your vision is marinated into the organization.

Your consultant engages your opinion leaders in the development of a strategic plan. GraceWorks’ Biblically- based but innovative proprietary process transfers the elements of the vision to your stakeholders. In one afternoon and evening, key leaders will be given the opportunity to define, discuss, and accept ownership of every element of the vision. Each element will be prioritized and phased by the leadership team based upon anticipated costs and potential impact. The result is a proactive, implementable phased strategic plan that has been embraced by all.

“Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.” Habakkuk 2:2 (ESV)

Seminar Features

Using the vision from your Visioneering Seminar, your leadership team, guided by your consultant, will…

strategic planning and visioning consultant for christian schools

Ray Webb

President of Vision Planning

Ray helps pastors, principals, and other ministry leaders discover God’s purposes and future for their ministries. Dozens of Christian leaders have described their time with Ray as one of the most important investments of time they have ever spent.

Every church that has engaged Ray for Vision Planning has grown – some have doubled in size. In addition, the capital campaigns that often begin after Visioneering and Prioritization typically raise two to four times the amount of the annual budget, which compares to industry averages of 1.5 to 2 times annual budget.

As a professional musician during his formative years, Ray Webb received notoriety as a classical musician with the San Francisco Symphony, the San Francisco Ballet and the San Francisco Opera Orchestra. As a jazz musician, he could be heard on KCBS radio every Friday night. Ray was called into fulltime ministry in the early 1990s and has never turned back, serving local congregations, denominational bodies, ministry associations and support ministries worldwide.

Ray is also the President of ImpactKidz, which is working ultimate the goal of turning one million orphans into world leaders through Christian education. To date, he has established 19 schools overseas.

Ray is the author of more than 1,200 pages of materials aimed at fulfilling the Great Commission during our lifetime through increasing the effectiveness of every evangelical ministry expression within the Body of Christ.

Cast the Vision

Start visioneering now by ordering the Visioneering and Prioritization Program Description and a free, no obligation consultation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Shouldn’t all of our leaders attend? God’s Way is to give His vision to His leader. Think of Abram leaving his home or Moses on Mt. Sinai. Other leaders are deeply involved after the vision is given. When Moses received God’s vision for the Tent of Meeting, the specifics — crafting the implements of worship — were completed by other leaders – Bezalel and his skilled artists. But the vision was given to Moses.

Simply, God is faithful. If you are confident that you have the right leader, God will impart the vision. In addition, your consultant will guide the process and help your leader articulate the message.

There are many reasons why a leader cannot accomplish this on his own. Sometimes, leaders hear and see the vision, but have a hard time translating it into words. This is not the leader’s fault, it just may not be in his skill set. Sometimes leaders cannot, by themselves, get away from the clutter of everyday life and into God’s meeting place without an agenda to do so. Even if they are able to get away, some have difficulty separating God’s vision from man’s vision.

A Christian school is a spiritual undertaking and must be approached God’s way. The Biblical model for vision setting is clear: God gives vision to the leader and the vision resonates in the heart of the praying believers who fast and pray for that leader.

Given the realities of 21st Century life, only an objective, spirit-filled, pastor — leader can enter into the holy place where God gives His vision to your leader. Everyone else in your community has a history with your leader that can result in “man’s vision” getting in the way of God’s vision. Your consultant will assure that the articulated vision is truly God’s.

Quite the opposite! You are, like Aaron and Hur, holding up Moses’ arms. What would have happened if Aaron and Hur did not uphold Moses’ arms? We can speculate on the outcome, but two things are certain — Aaron and Hur fulfilled their responsibilities and they were vital in the process.

As co-laborers with your school leader, you are vital in the process. In the Prioritization Seminar you will help implement the vision. You will count the cost, measure the impact, develop an implementation plan, choose a project manager and set accountability standards.

Brain-storming sessions and strategic plans have their place, but only when they are guided by God’s vision, clearly articulated by your leader.

There are many times in a school – ministry’s life when visioneering is crucial.

  • Before a school is announced to the public
  • When major changes — like capital campaigns, church/school liaisons or separations – are needed or contemplated
  • When a major crisis presents itself
  • When the school seems “stuck in mediocrity”
  • When a new leader takes over
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