Plans (Part One)

Greetings bloggers!
Ok, I seriously am back to the blog. Things have just been crazy busy around here lately. I'm going to do my best to keep up with the madness, and keep you all up to date. 
The biggest reason that we're so busy is that we're in the middle of a massive, church wide planning session right now. All the program staff have been sticking around for a couple of minutes after our normal staff meeting to discuss where we're going, what we're up to, and what our vision for the coming year is. The idea being that if we all do this together, when the church kickoff in September comes around, we'll all be running in the same direction. Maybe we'll even kick the ball...

If your church isn't doing this, you really should. For starters, it is an absolute affirmation into what you're doing if the whole church staff is involved and supports your work. Secondly, it gives us youth folk, who are often mis-understood by the rest of the church, a chance to display our plans and point out that there actually is a point behind going paintballing on a Friday afternoon. 
Anyhow, we took a new approach to our yearly planning this year, and I think it's the right way to go. We sat down with our commission (read: the greatest people on the planet) and we asked a simple (but long) question:

If "Jimmy" enters our program in 7th grade, spends six long years with us, graduates, and at the end we say things like "Wow, he is a true sign of the strength of our program", what kinds of things would we notice about him?
Right away someone from our group suggested that we wouldn't see jail time. 
Our guys are so honest...
But anyway, that picture above is what came out of that conversation. I think some buisness man somewhere made a million dollars talking about "beginning with the end in mind." That's what we're trying to do. Really, this isn't a one year plan so much as it is a six year plan, and probably a lot longer than that.
But in reality, this is only part one of the planning process. Tune in next time to discover how we take that incredibly messed up white board and turn it into a six year plan!