December 2017

A Congregational Meeting was held in the church between services on Sunday, November 26.  The agenda included an overview of the Strategic Planning progress to date, including the logo developed especially for the communication process.  Other topics related to strategic planning included stewardship and the searches for a Director of Children, Youth and Families, and a Head of School. A summary of the meeting was made available to parishioners and may be read here.  

November 2017

Your input is critical to the success of our Strategic Planning process. As we enter into this time of listening and discernment, we are asking you to lend your voice.  

We are seeking 100% participation as we survey the entire congregation and school community.  Building on previous surveys, this effort is focused on gathering critical information that will help the Strategic Planning Committee with their work. Your participation is so important. Please click  button below to get started.   It shouldn't take  more than 10 minutes of your time. We encourage you to lend your voice to this important process. What you think truly matters! 

The survey closed on Sunday, November 5, at 11:00 p.m.  Thanks to everyone who took a few minutes to respond!

On Sunday, November 12, we will have a special presentation during our morning worship services where we will be commissioning the members of this team and unveiling the theme and focus of our work.  We hope you will join us on this important day.

Exciting New Staff Additions!

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I am excited to announce the hiring of two new staff members who will be joining our Good Shepherd leadership team this August.

Pennies for Heaven Store Manager:  Beth Long

As part of the Strategic Planning process, we have been formulating a long-range plan for our Pennies for Heaven Thrift Shop. In order to grow and develop this important ministry, we have decided to hire a part-time manager for Pennies, who will oversee the daily operations of the shop, coordinate volunteers, and support the shop’s strategic initiatives. Beginning this August Beth Long will be joining our team as the new Store Manager for Pennies for Heaven. Beth brings creative and entrepreneurial abilities, along with team leadership, retail and community engagement experience. She and her husband, Ed, and their two children, Jack and Grace, have been actively involved at Good Shepherd for many years. We are very happy to welcome her to our staff.

Youth and Family Minister: David Dixon

We are also pleased to welcome David Dixon as our new full-time Youth and Family Minister. David holds a Master of Divinity degree from Emory University, and over the past twenty years has served in a variety of contexts working primarily with children, youth, and families. Most recently, David served as the Director of Youth and College Ministries at the Episcopal Church of the Advent in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where he nurtured a thriving youth program, led youth on pilgrimages and mission experiences, and trained and developed volunteer leadership. As a musician, David enjoys playing the piano and was instrumental in organizing a youth praise band. David and his wife Traci have four children: Jeremiah, who recently completed his computer programming degree and resides in Atlanta; Sara, who is attending college in South Carolina; Nevaeh, who recently graduated from high school and plans to attend college in Florida; and Jonah, who is entering 11th grade and loves football! We are excited to welcome David and his family to Good Shepherd as we begin this new journey of ministry together.

I am grateful to the vestry and all of our amazing volunteers who continue to support our Pennies for Heaven Thrift Store as well as our youth and family ministries. I am especially grateful to Kate Gouery and Ian Anderson, who have devoted themselves to the important work of interim ministry and have kept our Sunday School and Youth Group ministries thriving over these past two years.

Please keep Beth and David in your prayers as they transition into their new positions!

Faithfully in Christ,



Strategic Planning Update

Congregational Meeting – Sunday, September 9 at 9:15 a.m.
We are now officially entering into the implementation phase of our strategic plan. After a year of research and planning, we are ready to begin setting in motion the various projects and initiatives that will enable us to continue to grow and develop into the future. This next of the process will be facilitated by a team appropriately referred to as the Implementation Oversight Team (IOT). The members of this team include the Rector, the Head of School, the Senior Warden, and the School Board Chair. In addition, we have three leaders who will be tasked with overseeing the specific goals we have established for the church and school. These leaders are called Goal Champions and will be working with our various ministry leaders and volunteers to ensure that the projects and initiatives are running smoothly. The Goal Champions are as follows:

Patti Hamilton Goal One / Church
Susie Cooper Goal Two / School
Catherine Oenbrink Goal Three / Church & School

The IOT will be presenting the next phase of our plan at a special Congregational Meeting on Sunday, September 9, at 9:15 a.m. in the church. At this special meeting we will be presenting the following information:

 · Review of our new Vision, Mission, and Goals

· Explanation of the Implementation Process

· Presentation of Strategic Priorities for 2018/2019

· Presentation of Projects and Initiatives

-Timetables: When will these initiatives be completed

-Leadership: Who will be in charge of these initiatives?

-Communication: How can I learn more?

-Opportunities: How can I get involved?

 Please plan to join us for this important meeting as we enter into an exciting year of growth and renewal! You don’t want to miss it! 

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Strategic Planning

August 27, 2017

Approximately 80 parishioners attended a Congregational Meeting  held in the church to learn about the status of our strategic planning process.  Fr. Doug described various considerations that led to the decision to develop a strategic plan, which included specific ideas and concerns generated by our parish survey of 2016.  Committee members were recognized, and a timetable was introduced.  After the overview, questions from attendees were addressed.  The next Congregational Meeting will happen in November (date to be announced).     

Since my arrival in early January, my primary work has been that of building relationships and experiencing the rhythms of our congregational life and ministry.  This has been an important time for me, as your new rector, to learn about the history and culture of Good Shepherd and to begin the process of discerning God's vision for our future together.  During these first seven months, I have been blessed to spend time with many of you, learn about your spiritual journeys, and to listen to your hopes and dreams for the future of our congregation. 

Now is the time to take the next steps toward creating a comprehensive strategic plan that will enable us to fulfill God's vision for our future.  In early May, the vestry went on retreat to prayerfully consider what these "next steps" would entail.  We felt strongly that considerable time and resources would need to be invested in the development of our strategic plan and that an experienced consultant would be needed to facilitate this process.  Moreover, it became abundantly clear that this strategic planning process needed to incorporate representatives from both the church and school in order to ensure that we develop a truly comprehensive and coherent vision for our future together. 

I am happy to report that the vestry, in consultation with the school board, has acquired the services of Ms. Christina Drouin, who will serve as the lead consultant for our strategic planning process.  Ms. Drouin is a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Delray Beach and is the founder of the Center for Strategic Planning.  Over the past two decades, Ms. Drouin has worked with numerous Episcopal churches and schools around the country and has worked closely with the national Association of Episcopal Schools.  On August 27, a small team of leaders and representatives from the church and school  will begin the process of developing a strategic plan for our future.  This process will require approximately ten months to complete and will result in the creation of a renewed vision and mission for our congregation as well as the goals, strategies and initiatives necessary for the fulfillment of that vision. 

This page will be updated as new information becomes available so that we may keep the parish informed throughout this process. Please check back regularly for updates.

Master Plan Updates


​​Request for Qualifications (RFQ):    The Vestry (Board of Directors) of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd of Tequesta, Inc. is requesting Professional Qualifications from those firms and Florida-registered Professional Architects who can demonstrate specific experience in the planning and design of multi-function church and school facilities.  Note that a mandatory Pre-Submittal Briefing will be held in our Parish Hall at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, July 22, 2019.  Responses are due on or before 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 27, 2019.

October 2017

In the past two months, a small team of leaders and representatives from the church and school began the process of developing a strategic plan for our future.  This process will require approximately ten months to complete and will result in the creation of a renewed vision and mission for our congregation as well as the goals, strategies and initiatives necessary for the fulfillment of that vision.   The committee is divided into three sub-groups that meet independently from time to time to focus on certain core areas.  The total 14 members, plus a consultant, meet together at least monthly.  

The teams are:
Research: O’Neal Bardin, Brian Brown, Heather Vaughn, Chris Cole, Katharine Murray, Helen Tress, Michelle Thillman and Fr. Doug
Visioning:  Margie Sawyer, Terri McFarland, Katharine Murray, Helen Tress, Brian Brown
Communications:  Patti Hamilton, Jim Couillard, Barbara Behl, Chris Cole, Heather Vaughn
Core Group: Fr. Doug, Jim Hoye, Jim Couillard, Michelle Thillman, Christina Drouin (Strategic Planning Consultant) 

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"We Have A Place For You."

Our Strategic Plan Initiatives are now online!  Please view the booklet by clicking on the image below.  You can help us achieve our goals by participating in the process.  We would love to hear from you!  Print the Response Card below to let us know how you would like to help.  

Initiative Drafting

In early February, we gathered for Visioning Day, which was an opportunity for members of the church and school to come together to dream about the “big picture” – what is God’s vision for our future? Our work on Visioning Day was spiritually energizing as we reflected on our shared mission and ministry. However, in order for the work of Visioning Day to really make a difference, it must be further developed into specific goals, strategies, and initiatives. These final components of our strategic plan provide us with the clear and measurable tasks that will ultimately make the plan a reality. So, on Sunday, April 8, after the 10:00 AM service, you are invited to join us as we develop the specific initiatives that will enable us to put our plan into action. This is the work of the whole congregation, not just a few! Your gifts, talents, and passions for ministry are an essential part of our congregational life!

Launching the Vision

Finally, on Pentecost Sunday, May 20, we will be unveiling and “launching” the final version of the strategic plan. It is fitting that we will be entering into this next phase of our congregational life on the Feast of Pentecost, the day we celebrate the outpouring of God’s Spirit. For it is the anointing of the Holy Spirit that empowers us to participate in God’s mission in the world. It is the power of the Spirit that motivates us to reach out to others with the unconditional love of God. And it is the presence of the Spirit that inspires us to lift our vision higher and to open ourselves to God’s dream of healing and transformation for the world. So, please mark your calendars for Pentecost Sunday, May 20, as we gather to celebrate God’s vision and embark on an exciting journey of mission and ministry together!

 I am grateful for the work we have accomplished so far and look forward to our future together as we seek to live into God’s vision. Let us offer our thanks and praise to God, “whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine” (Ephesians 3:20). May God bless you always!