Chapter 4 – Planning


Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to:

  • Define the word “objective.”
  • Explain the difference between purpose and objectives.
  • Identify two basic kinds of objectives.
  • Discuss the importance of objectives.
  • Explain the difference between long-range and short-range objectives.
  • Explain how to select objectives.
  • Write personal ministry objectives.
  • Write objectives for corporate ministry.
  • Evaluate objectives you have written.


The last two lessons concerned the importance of purpose in ministry. But you can talk about purpose and vision forever and never get around to fulfilling the vision. It is not enough to know God’s purpose for your ministry, you must prepare yourself to fulfill it:

And that servant, which knew his Lord’s will, and prepared not himself,
neither did according to His will, shall be beaten with many stripes.
(Luke 12:47)

You prepare to accomplish God’s purpose for your ministry by wise planning. Planning is the subject of this and the following two lessons.

In this chapter you will learn how to plan. Chapter Five explains how to implement plans and Chapter Six explains how to evaluate them.

Read over the chapter study material and complete the self-test at the end. After this chapter is completed, mark complete and go to the next lesson.