I define planning holistically as figuring out what God intends for me to do that enters into the work that God is doing around me. If I am planning an evaluation, what is it that will bring glory to God through the evaluation work? What is God already doing in what I will evaluate, and how will doing the evaluation enter into that?
The attached file describes four principles for planning an evaluation holistically. Briefly the principles are these.
1. Base your plans on Scripture.
In a holistic planning process the participants meditate on appropriate Scripture passages throughout the planning exercise. Weave this meditation throughout the activities of the day and week as a constant reminder that consistency with God’s word is essential for any plan called holistic.
2. Focus the plan on relationships.
Focus holistic planning products and processes on the quality of relationships, with special concern for holiness in those relationships. Holiness, not shallow piety.
3. Keep the bigger picture in mind.
A holistic plan describes the context, or the bigger picture of reality, for implementing a particular project. Such a plan describes how intended results will enable individual and social transformation. Transformation, not just better conditions.
4. Invite the Holy Spirit to lead the process.
Planning holistically is much more than filling in the boxes in a chart. It is learning about what God intends for you, and for those around you.
I welcome your comments and suggestions. Click link for detailed discussion: 65Holistic Planning Principles