SWOT Analysis - Hanging Out
A simple SWOT analysis is used by businesses when they are planning to endeavor on a new project or shift their company focus. The main goal is to identify the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats to the proposed changes.
People forget to make a solid plan when it comes to adding a new discipline to their lifestyle. They have identified a need (lose weight, talk with their friends about Jesus, etc.) and an action that address that need (diet, rehearse a prepared speech) but these are short term reminders at best.
Creating a SWOT analysis will help you envision the potential benefits and looming pitfalls before you start the process of a new spiritual discipline.
The Jesus Gym
For 4 weeks, Another Empty Conversation is dedicated to talking about four specific spiritual disciplines - daily Bible reading, prayer, intentional community (aka hanging out), and serving others. In each episode the EC crew talks about the good, bad, ugly, and beautiful of the spiritual workout.
You can catch episodes on iTunes, SoundCloud, and many other podcast directories.
The SWOT analysis consists of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. When it comes to hanging out with one anotherit is wise to consider each of these areas before embarking on the journey. We asked the EC crew to develop a SWOT analysis and here is what they have come up with:
- Safe place to be yourself
- Common goal or theme to study
- Different opinions help us develop fuller faith and understanding
- Socialization aids self-awareness
- Introverts struggle to fit in
- Easy to be passive especially with video teaching
- 1 "leader" takes all the opportunity to talk
- Chance to prepare before time
- New perspectives
- Join an online community to share discoveries
- No direction or topic - it becomes a social hour
- Fear of conflict
- Violation of trust
- More about us and less about God.
Your own SWOT analysis
We recommend that you count the cost of starting a new discipline. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. We want more for you. Doing your own SWOT analysis is easy. It can be done on the back of napkin or on your phone. We have provided a template for you to download. Filling out your own fellowship SWOT analysis will help you better plan for distractions and choose the right plan that will help you stick with your goal.
Now go and do it!
You have made it this far. What's stopping you? Meeting together is so fulfilling once you get going. While starting and staying can be hard - what discipline isn't? - the benefits are life changing. Don't wait until tomorrow. Start by assessing then establish your plan. Ask yourself, "should I start a group or join an existing group." Make a checklist of what is important to you, what you can tolerate, and what you absolutely cannot deal with. Try some churches and small groups and choose one. Then commit to a specific time frame (3 months, 6 months, 1 year) and stick to it.
The goal of a good assessment is to be able to humbly admit what you can and cannot do. An accurate account of your schedule, personality, and temptations will go a long way into helping you pick the best path for success. Increase your chance of success by getting a friend to keep you on track. Don't have a friend? Let us help. Drop us a line and we will help you reach your goals.