Saturday, April 28, 2018

Hey Fletch … I’m confused over the difference between “strategic” and “tactical” issues in church ministry. Can you help?

DRF—Wikipedia says “The terms tactic and strategy are often confused: tactics are the actual means used to gain an objective, while strategy is the overall campaign plan, which may involve complex operational patterns, activity, and decision-making that govern tactical execution.” Tactic is from the Greek τακτική meaning the “art of arrangement.” 

About 2,500 years ago, the Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu wrote “The Art of War.” In it, he said, “Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.” Tactics and strategy are not at odds with one another—they’re on the same team. They have been for many centuries!

Another article said: “Strategy defines your long-term goals and how you’re planning to achieve them. In other words, your strategy gives you the path you need toward achieving your organization’s mission. Tactics are much more concrete and are often oriented toward smaller steps and shorter timeframes along the way. They involve best practices, specific plans, resources, etc. They’re also called ‘initiatives.’”