Why are individual growth plans important?
SEND International desires the personal and professional growth of every member of the mission. We believe that our members are our organization’s greatest resource, and therefore we want to maximize their effectiveness in accomplishing the overall mission of SEND and in bearing fruit in the individual ministries to which we have been called.
Research shows us that mission agencies that encourage their members in their ongoing personal growth and development are going to have less attrition (resignations for preventable reasons)
But IGPs are not only important for the sake of the organization. We believe that our ongoing growth and development brings glory to God and cooperates with the ongoing transformative work of the Holy Spirit within us, making us into the image of the Son. If our strengths, skills and even ministries roles are God’s gifts to us, then we must be good stewards of those gifts, and seek to develop them to their greatest fruitfulness. Paul tells Timothy, “Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you. Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress.” – 1 Timothy 4:14–15.
We also believe that people who are continually growing in their capacities, skills and maturity are people are more likely to be joyfully productive in the ministries and cultural contexts to which they have been called, and more prepared and willing to transition into new assignments and ministries that God may open up for them…