This is part of a continuing series of posts running up to the growth-themed Annual Meetings. Questions to ask (from Lyle Schaller, Growing Plans, 159-160) 1. How does our theological stance and our understanding of our mission shape our strategy? 2. Who are the people we are seeking to reach and serve? What are their unmet religious and personal needs to which we will attempt to respond? 3. How do our traditions, our customs, and our history shape our strategy? 4. What are our assets, strengths, resources, and distinctive gifts as a denomination that will serve as the foundation for our strategy?