February 15, 2021

Fellow Members of the Saint David’s Community:

In November, I wrote you to announce the hiring of John Wimberly, a retired minister and experienced church consultant, to lead Saint David’s in a strategic planning process designed to examine where we are, where we want to go, and how we will get there. Since my last message, John and I have worked closely to prepare for this important work in the life of our church. I’m now very pleased to inform you that the process has begun.

On February 6 John led a retreat for our clergy, staff, officers, incoming and outgoing classes of Vestry members, and the Planning Team specifically assembled for the consulting process:

Brooks Kitchel, Jim Knighton, Judith Nelson, Jonny Pine
Elizabeth Rice, Jennifer Spencer, Tom Washburn, Becky Witt

During the retreat, we discussed the effect of changing times on our ministries and how we provide them, the need to reach younger generations, and best practices for a congregation. Against that backdrop, we also spent time exploring Saint David’s purpose with an emphasis on first understanding it and then using it as our lodestar for the next 3-5 years.

This is not the work of a select few. It is our work as a congregation. With that call, the Vestry joins me in encouraging each of you to participate in one 90-minute focus group over the next three weeks. To ensure that everyone has an opportunity to be heard, Planning Team members will lead a number of Zoom-based focus group sessions at various times and days of the week. Please sign up for a convenient session by clicking on the following link:

Before attending a focus group, the Planning Team highly recommends watching the following short videos which were shared in advance of the February 6 retreat and provided helpful context for our discussions.  I’m confident that they will be of interest to the entire congregation so please make every effort to watch them:



Finally, as you prepare to participate, we invite you to think and pray about these two questions:

  • What do we love about Saint David’s? 
  • What is God calling Saint David’s to do over the next 3-5 years? 

This is an important moment for our church family and your input is vital. Please participate and, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Stuart A. Smith III
Senior Warden


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