The Benefits and Challenges of Using Traction for Ministry Planning
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In ministry planning, proposed methods for planning are abundant. Congregations utilize those methods in many different ways to plan and carryout ministry. Over fifty congregations in WELS employ one method called “Traction.” This research explores the adaptation of the business planning method Traction™ into a congregational setting and answers the question: What are the benefits and challenges of a congregation using Traction™ to plan and carry out ministry? The researcher used qualitative research methodology to answer the research question. Four congregations were selected and interviewed, and their answers developed themes that demonstrated the benefits and challenges of using this method. Four benefits and two challenges emerged from the research. The benefits are:The Process, Visibility, Focused Meetings, and Accountability. The challenges are:A Tendency Toward Rigidity, and The Learning Curve. This paper adds to the literature on using these methods for ministry planning and provides the reader with the perspectives of congregations using Traction™ for ministry planning.