SWOT Analysis - Serving Others
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, serving others, etc.) and an action that address that need (diet, send a few bucks to a charity) but these are short term reminders at best. Having never addressed the obstacles that might present themselves, people quit as soon as their swiftly constructed routine hits a snag.
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 serving others it 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:
- Make a social change.
- Demonstrate the love of Jesus to others
- Work through issues of faith
- Doing "something" is easier than becoming "someone"
- Tempting to serve people rather than serve God
- Offer your time, talent, and treasure
- New friendships
- Introduce someone to Jesus
- Service can replace communion (Luke 10:38-41)
- Attempt to "earn" salvation
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 Service 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 give more than just money?." Make a checklist of what is important to you, what you can tolerate, and what you absolutely cannot deal with. Whatever action you choose to take GO DO 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.