“Consistent and participative discernment is our way of ensuring that ongoing apostolic planning, including implementation, monitoring and evaluation, is an integral element in all Jesuit ministry.”
GC 36, Decree 2, paragraph 5
10 steps for Apostolic Planning
Where are we now?
Where do we want to be?
How will we get there?
We look at how God has been active in the world, in our mission and in the activities that we have undertaken. All is from His inspiration.
Evaluation of the information collected.
7. PLAN OF ACTION
Each objective should have a plan that details how it will be achieved.
2. UNDERSTANDING THE MISSION
The mission acts as a compass. We want to bring the reconciliation of the Gospel, the justice of the Kingdom and to help people get to know Jesus Christ in a personal and passionate way.
5. CHOOSING APOSTOLIC PRIORITIES
Based on this research and evaluation we decide on apostolic priorities. These should be focused and not too general.
We need to put resources in place in order to achieve the plan of action.
3. RESEARCH THE CONTEXT
Examine the internal strengths and weaknesses as well as external opportunities and threats.
6. SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES
Specific objectives are the concrete things to be achieved in order to implement the apostolic priority.
Build in procedures for monitoring and for modifying strategies based on changes in the external or internal environment.
Communication of the apostolic plan gets people on board and helps implementation.