“God loves with a great love                                                                the man whose heart is bursting with a passion for the impossible.” 
― William Booth

STEPs aims to encourage corps to actively pursue The Salvation Army (TSA) mission-- preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. This tool pushes corps to extend the church's mission beyond its four walls and engage with the community by assessing  corps' effectiveness, its impact, use of resources, and community investment.  

When completing the STEPs survey it is important to remember these tips:

TIP 1:  Be honest
Honestly identify what your strong and weak areas are. The STEPs survey is designed as a tool to help corps identify its assets and resources as well as development gaps that need to be addressed.  

TIP 2: Communicate with your team                                                                                                                                         When working on STEPs, it is important to communicate with your team. The survey works best when a team is gathered to answer the survey questions. Staff, long time volunteers, and council members are encouraged to be a part of the STEPs process. 

TIP 3: Understand the purpose of goal setting                                                                                                                               Goals are a good thing. It not only develops an annual "mission" for the corps, it also encourages outcomes in the corps and the community. This makes the goal writing process a very important part of the STEPs tool. To make sure that your goals are simplistically written and clearly define, they need to be S.M.A.R.T. - Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely. 

Specific- What is it that you are trying to achieve

Measurable- What is the quantifiable way the goal can be measured? OR how can you qualitatively assess the goal's success?

Attainable- Do you have the proper resources/ action steps needed to address this goal?  How realistic is the goal, based on other constraints, such as financial factors?

Relevant- Is this goal relevant to the corps and/or the community needs? A relevant goal can answer yes to these questions:

  • Does this seem worthwhile?
  • Is this the right time?
  • Does this match our other efforts/needs?
  • Am I the right person to reach this goal?
  • Is it applicable in the current socio-economic environment?

Timely- Every goal needs a target date, so that you have a deadline to focus on and something to work toward. This part of the SMART goal criteria helps to prevent everyday tasks from taking priority over your longer-term goals.