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THE BASICS: Inspired Biblical Council

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” (Proverbs 9:10; italics ours). In contrast with humanistic models, the North American Division’s model of strategy puts God first. A Spirit-filled approach does not negate the need for rigorous planning and analysis. To the contrary, prayer, testimony, and counsel from the Bible and other inspired writings provide the context for genuine and lasting change—a change that begins in the heart of every leader and member. Resources foundational to the strategic process are located here.


Quotes on Leadership Strategy, Mission, and Excellence Download


THE BASICS: Transformative thought

Long ago Ellen White counseled that leaders “in responsible positions should improve continually. They must not anchor upon an old experience, and feel that it is not necessary to become scientific workers” (Testimonies, Vol.4, p.93). Excellence requires the endless search for improved ways of thinking, feeling, and behaving. Highly selective articles from seminal thoughts leaders are found here.
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THE BASICS: Research Findings

Strategic planning relies on a good knowledge of reality. The book of Numbers describes how the Israelites conducted census and sent spies in order to plan the conquest of Canaan. In today’s rapidly changing world, it is more necessary than ever to “spy out” the changing trends that impact the present and future of the Church and its entities. Summaries of selected church research studies that influence strategy appear here.
General Conference Global Survey of Adventist Pastors—North American Division Breakout Report Download
Barna Research on Public Awareness and Opinions of Seventh-day Adventist in the United States Download


THE BASICS: Church Policy and Polity

The North American Division Executive Committee sets policy for our Division. Certain GC and NAD committee actions are taken that affect the governance of organizations within NAD territory. Periodic updates will endeavor to keep members and their leaders current on emerging developments. A summary of policy and governance items that influence and impact NAD strategy are located here.
Summary of Annual Council actions, 2012 Link
Summary of Annual Council actions, 2013 Link
Summary of North American Division Executive Committee Actions, 2012 Link



Organizations rarely advance higher than the caliber of their leaders. Leaders are pivotal to the planning and implementation of successful strategy. In this section, carefully selected articles relate to the identification and development of competent Christian leaders.
Quotes on Christian Leadership: A compilation of E. G. White quotes Download
Leading a Union Strategy: A suggested Management Sequence Download
Leading a Conference Strategy: A Suggested Management Sequence Download


ORGANIZATION: Strategic Plan

A strategic plan is a design that spells out in writing how an organization can reach its goals in the most effective way. The North American Division’s strategy—REACH—was voted October 2011. Although unions, conferences, institutions, and congregations construct their strategies in very different ways, the hope is that all strategies will unify around very basic, Division-wide REACH principles. Easy-to-modify templates and other resources, in this section, help take the tedium out of the planning process.
REACH NAD Strategic plan Pt. 1 A recommended resource for Seventh-day Adventist Church Organizations (R101 Strategic Plan Pt 1). This is the NAD’s official strategic plan. Download
REACH XYZ Union Strategic plan Template Download
REACH ABC Conference Strategic Plan template Download
REACH Sample Church Strategic plan Template Link



A Strategic Plan is only a piece of paper until it is implemented. This section describes five simple but non-negotiable steps churches and church organizations need to take in order for strategy to result in excellence and mission accomplishment. Included with the narrative are practical tools that leaders can download, adapt, and use.
REACH NAD Executing the Plan Pt. 2 Five Steps to excellence and mission R201 (Executing plan Pt 2) Download
REACH NAD Executing the Plan Template, to adapt and use as a playbook (R202 ExecutingPlan Pt 2 Template) Download


INDIVIDUAL: Assessment

The two dimensions on the right side of the Blueprint for Excellence focus on individual and leader development. Organizations are only as effective and healthy as the individuals who work and worship there—persons who are competent in fulfilling their strategic, mission-related assignments. Procedures for setting up a system to assess leaders and staff as a basis for growth are outlined in this section.
A Summary Description of a Leadership Assessment and Growth System Link
This Past Month—An Self-assessment Inventory for Pastors Download
Our Church—Church board Assessment Profile Download
Our Church—Pastor’s Assessment Profile Download
Our Church Board—An Analysis of the Board by the Board Download



Growth is a sign of health. Healthy church organizations provide for the continuous growth of their leaders, staff, and members. A variety of growth experiences need to be available for the varied needs of each person. Certification and coaching are widely used approaches for providing personalized nurture. Resources for leader growth are described in this section.section.
A Formula for Growth Link
Progression Planning: Broadly preparing talented leaders for a range of future responsibilities Link
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In the best-run organizations, a clear “line of sight” exists between the goals of the organization and the work goals of each individual. Organizations achieve extraordinary results when members within it do their work with excellence. Adventists are passionate about excellence because the good work we do gives glory to God. Being “the head and not the tail” is a powerful witness to our own membership and to the watching world around us.

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