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)
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.