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Strategic Planning This Fall

dilbert comic Save the Date, Strategic Planning Sessions, 10/25 and 11/15

The Board has approved a Strategic Planning Task Force to develop a three-year strategic plan for the congregation based on our broad church goals. The Task Force will be chaired by Whitney Wheeless, Past President.

Background

As part of decision to renew our Development Ministry Contract with Rev. Howell Lind in February 2013, the Board decided to revise the goals to build upon the original consulting ministry goals, our expanded vision for UUCB, and our desire for shared goals with the ministry team and our congregation. In the spring of 2013, a task force was formed to draft the new goals. The Goals Task Force consulted with various members of the congregation and major church committees to draft goals that fell into five general areas: Church Community, Worship, Lifespan Faith Development, Social Justice, and Strategic Planning. This Strategic Planning Task Force is an outgrowth of the Strategic Planning goal.

The timing of this work is critical. As we have started the process of searching for our next settled minister, we believe that it is imperative that we have a strategic plan drafted by January 2015, so that the Search Committee can have that plan available when they are evaluating candidates. The candidates should also be able to review the strategic plan, so that they can determine whether they are willing to work with the congregation to achieve those goals.

 Approach to Plan Development

The Board has begun work on the strategic plan over the last several months as part of our retreats and board meetings, based on our goals and visioning work. Now, we hope to engage the congregation to provide input on the important work we need to do in the next 3-5 years to move forward in realizing our goals and live the mission of our church. We will organize the plan into four areas:

  • Property – building, grounds, rentals
  • Outreach – social justice, in the community, liberal beacon
  • Spiritual Life – worship, faith development, small groups
  • Community – small groups, affinity groups, full church, hospitality, faith development

From the ideas generated, the Task Force will work with related committees and the Finance Council to develop plans for 3 years, including financial implications. The plan will include suggested timeframes and who will be responsible for the activity. The activities will be prioritized based on congregational input, committee review, board priorities, ability to implement, and importance for achieving our goals.

Ways to Engage

The strategic planning sessions are planned for two upcoming Saturdays—10/25 and 11/15. We will cover two topics each of those days. Specific topics and times will be announced via the Midweek Messenger and at Sunday Services. We will also provide additional ways to give input.

 

 

 

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