We’ve just presented the strategic plan for the next 2.5 years of Rooftop 519. There are a lot of back-stories about how Rooftop 519 formed, how God anointed our board members to their respective positions, and all of the legwork we’ve put in to making this movement glorify God, but for today, I’d like to tell you what we are agreeing to be.
I asked one of our board members (the youngest guy on the board by about 10 years), Ryan Hart, what he took away from today’s meeting. “We have the best foundation possible for this organization”. I’m pretty sure he’s right. I know what they say about the best laid plans of mice and men, and I know what Proverbs 19:21 says, “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.”
We’ve poured over and prayed over our goals. I told my friends, this board of directors, that we would only give organizational resources to things that are within the goals, and we would guard against things that might sound like good ideas but are not in the plan. This conversation lead us to make a list of things that we called “inactive vision”; things that we might include in a goal at some point, but we’re not willing to put into action right now or possibly ever. We’ll review these things at our annual retreat in February (and possibly at other board meetings when needed).
Here, in draft form, are our goals:
1. We are engaging one million advocates to advance our cause by December 15, 2011.
2. Our model for inbound medical services is the premier model for bringing children from one country to another for severe illnesses and injuries by December 15, 2011.
3. We create the employee team and operational procedures that enables us to practice a standard of excellence in processes and efficiency, and develops a culture that lives our organizational values by March 31, 2011
4. We build the Crisis Response System for Complex Humanitarian Emergencies worldwide by January 1, 2013
5. We locate our corporate offices in a location that best suits the needs of Rooftop 519 and the constituencies we serve by May 1, 2013
My wife really cares about #5, and I don’t blame her. I’m figuring that it we focus on what the Lord has directed us to do, where we live will work out OK.
We don’t want to try to do too much. There are a lot of really good ideas, and some organizations who start out doing one or two things end up doing five, ten or a hundred different things. Jack of all trades, master of none? I like Jim Collin’s hedgehog. We do one thing, and we do it to the very best of our ability. What we do is vision goal #2.
Our inactive vision is as follows:
1. Sending medical teams abroad
2. Training other surgeons and medical professionals out of country
3. Sending children to other countries for treatment
4. Treating children in the U.S. for illnesses and injuries
5. Disease prevention education
I’ve already heard from a lot of people who make suggestions like, “What about kids here in the U.S.?” and, “What about helping more kids by sending doctors over seas?” While these are both noble, important and totally aligned with our mission, they are not something we can do right now. There are also a lot of really great people who are doing those things (from community children’s hospitals to Doctors Without Borders).
Our Board Chair, Greg Abell, made a comment today that really puts it in perspective. We need to spend more time on our knees than developing the plan. That’s what we’re attempting to do. If you’ve read this far, I would ask that you pray for us as we seek God’s direction, discernment and wisdom. God expects this of us. Broken kids are counting on us.