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the detailed stratetic planning topics being discussed

 

MAY 2O21          JUNE 2021

 

June 21, 2021

 

Fellow Parishioners:

 

Although my last message to you was on April 27th, it’s important for you to know that we continue to make great progress on Vision 2025: A Plan for Our Future

 

The next phase of the process began on May 4 when representatives of the Planning Team joined our consultant, the Rev Dr. John Wimberly, to present comprehensive focus group findings to the Officers, Vestry, and Clergy in a session that was dedicated exclusively to this important work.

 

Building on that discussion, the Vestry devoted the entire agendas of its May 18 and June 15 meetings to additional “deep dive” reviews of planning team findings (see links above). These discussions have enabled the Vestry to define the key themes for the Strategic Plan which include:

  • Leveraging current strengths in worship, music, and education
  • Defining target membership segments and designing specific “worship journeys” that feed those groups
  • Reimagining marketing and communications to better tell our story to those seeking a spiritual home
  • Broadening and deepening Outreach to witness our story in the broader community
  • Strengthening connectivity and caring within our Church family

Through these themes, the parish has clearly expressed a deeply focused and all-encompassing goal to build our faith community, to actively seek and invite any and all newcomers, and for everyone to rejoice in a thoroughly welcoming spiritual home.

 

The work now continues.  In the next few days, the Vestry will enlist the wisdom and insight of several existing committees and establish some new teams to further develop action steps, metrics, and timetables that support our goal and the attendant themes.

 

Familiar committees include Outreach, Parish Life, Worship & Music, Finance, Buildings & Grounds, and Stewardship. New teams will focus on Communications & Marketing and Education (for both adults and children). If you have expertise in these areas, I ask for your time and talent.

 

In addition to this work, the Vestry will also be working with Father Scott and a Diocesan facilitator on a Mutual Ministry Review. This is the canonically directed way for the Vestry and our spiritual leadership to consider, “How are we doing?” This process acknowledges things done well, while building understanding of things that might be done better. As Christian people, we must always ask: "What is God calling us to do and to accomplish here in this place?" And then, "How do we do this?" Your lay leadership will do just that.

 

As these workstreams commence, I challenge every member of the congregation to get involved in some way. If you already serve on a committee, thank you. If you have ideas, share them. If you have talents, offer them. We are blessed to have an incredibly talented and successful church family. This is not the time to hide our lights under a bushel basket. If we each share our light, I have no doubt that this process will be a spectacular success.

 

All of this work will culminate in a Strategic Plan that will be shared with the congregation for review and comment. Executing all of this during the summer is a challenge, but the pandemic has taught us all that we can accomplish great things when we each lead from our seat – wherever it might be.   If we all gladly join in this work, I’m highly confident that our plan will be ready for presentation as part of a joyous “homecoming” in September.

 

Join me – and many others – in this transformative work. Reach out to me or members of the Vestry if you have questions. Help make the light of Saint David’s shine brightly.

 

Blessings,

 

Stuart

 
Stuart A. Smith III
Senior Warden
410-916-0615

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