The F.A.I.T.H. Filter is one of twelve key tools included in Faith-Based: A Biblical, Practical Guide to Strategic Planning in the Church, by Michael Gafa. The filter encapsulates five critical aspects that plans must pass through before finalizing. The filter helps ensure that our plans are:
Flexible … held loosely; able to change as the Holy Spirit leads us.
Aligned … with the Great Commission, and with our mission, vision and values.
Intertwined … synergized and cohesive so that all of our plans represent a plan.
Transformational … so that lives are changed by the grace and truth of Christ.
Holy … set apart to God; consecrated to God; fully surrendered to God.
Allow me to elaborate a bit on each of the five aspects:
Our plans need to be Flexible – held loosely. Why? Because we need to allow space for God to change our plans, and to accept that even if our plans are on the mark, God’s timing likely won’t match ours.
And our plans need to be Aligned – with Scripture, with the Great Commission, and with our mission, vision, and values.
Our plans need to be Intertwined – synergized and cohesive to the point where our plans become a plan – a single plan, one that is comprehensive and cohesive.
Our plans need to be Transformational – they need to help bring people to Christ, and grow people in Christ – in our church, community, and beyond.
Finally, our plans must be Holy – set apart to God. Granted, unlike scripture our plans aren’t God-breathed, but they should be divinely inspired, prayed up, and fully surrendered to God.