For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see whether he has enough to complete it?

Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it will begin to ridicule him, saying, “This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.”

Luke 14:28-30

Investment Low
Direct Mission Yes
Return High
Time to income stream Variable
Specialist skills No
Support available Yes
Readiness of support Immediate

As a church, we look to discern the will of God and be good stewards of the assets and gifts we have been given. Taking an idea and bringing it to fruitfulness can be a challenge. Business planning tools assist to set goals and milestones and maybe avoid mistakes! They make sure that we are well prepared, so we achieve what we set out to do in a well thought out and organised way. Business plans help us think through risks, so we can manage them and help us think about what we need to ensure that the mission is sustainable. Setting up a missional activity should follow the same thought process as setting up a business.

A good plan will detail the following aspects:

  • The Market (is there a true need, what will we do that is different to others) The Finances
  • Registration details
  • Organisation chart
  • Key personnel
  • Innovation
  • Risk management
  • Operations
  • The Future
  • Business details
  • Business premises
  • Management
  • The Activity (Product)
  • Insurance
  • Legal considerations
  • Sustainability plan

The Business Planning Guide steps you through the Business Planning Template. As each venture is different you are encouraged to collaborate, seek guidance and wisdom from those around you with the same mission. Not all aspects of the plan will be able to be completed at once and you are encouraged to take time to work through the planning process.

If you would like a more basic business plan as a power point presentation click here.

Does all this sound too complicated and outside of your gifting? The BDU within the Synod office is happy to coach you along the process. Be encouraged to look to your congregation and church council to find someone who is gifted in this area, who can help you bring your idea to fruit.

We invite you to contact the BDU at to discuss Business Planning as we would love to help you.

Click on the blue boxes below to see the business planning tools we currently have available.

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