Step 3: Prepare ye the way

Once again, this step is about engaging and enabling the whole community, and the creation of a vision of what you want to see is crucial to bind the organisation together around a central, prioritised goal.

The goal may be a product of an obvious need or wonder, identified through the collection of data such as surveys from parishioners, students, parents, work colleagues (members of the organisation).

Once a goal has been established, then all energy should be just focused on that core goal.

Some examples of goals within a Church, school, parish or other organisation might be:

  • Water or energy efficiency
  • Litter
  • Waste
  • Health
  • Well-being
  • Caring for country
  • Ethical investment

Creating a plan and achievable timeframes is highly suggested. Is also suggested that at this time you focus on the ‘low hanging fruit’ – the easy goals to achieve, whilst you’re are working out how you committee functions within the community together with all the different change steps you need to manage. Over time, as committee efficiency improves, the challenges, goals or ‘higher fruit’ can be focused on, backed by the acquired skills, resources and experience you’ve gathered on the way.

For example:

  • You’ve managed to install a small vegetable plot, and with Parish, community and seed funding from a local hardware store, you can now create a habitat garden that doubles as a reflective or meditation space,
  • Water tanks fitted with a simple tap have been acquired and used successfully on Parish grounds. You now have the experience to develop an irrigation system for the vegetable patch,
  • Solar panels have been placed on the Parish church, and with the savings accrued you can now focus on placing solar panels on the adjacent school.