A Community of Faith in the Jupiter, Tequesta and Hobe Sound Area
The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd
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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)
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!
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.
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.
If you have a strategic planning question, please let us know. (link will open in a new window)
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.