The number of plans that have changed in 2020 is countless for me. Probably for you too. 2020 is the year of cancellations, pivoting, changing plans, and just having no plans. So what does that mean for your parish after creating a strategic plan?
I’d recommend doing a few things:
- Take a deep breath – it’s okay that you didn’t accomplish everything you wanted to do this year. You did the best that you could given the circumstances. Consider all of the things you’ve done you never would have imagined back in February: Virtual Bible Study, Homeschool program for Faith Formation, Outdoor Masses, PPE guidelines, Finding the perfect mask to capture your personality!
- Schedule some time to look at your goals and reassess. Does these need to just be moved out a year? Are they something we can accomplish a little differently than we first imagined? Have we done things we didn’t even consider when we made the plan?
- Then rewrite the dates and begin again. A plan is meant to guide us not bind us. It’s okay that you’re plan isn’t being worked out exactly as you intended when you wrote it. Ask the Holy Spirit to help guide you during this time, and then follow with abandon.
It’s hard for us to change our plans, but if 2020 has taught us anything it’s that the future is not set in stone. It’s okay to pivot!