Update, October 30, 2013
We Decided to SWOT the Small Stuff (and the Big Stuff)
Of the 400 people on our email list, 178 parishioners participated in our SWOT survey, exploring St. Peter’s Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (as in, SWOT). Who were they? They ranged in age from 13 to 70+ (when we stopped counting the years), and about ¼ of the respondents have been at St. Peter’s more than 20 years. Another ¼ has been coming for 10 to 20 years, and the remaining half fairly have been calling St. Peter’s their church home for anywhere from less than two years to 10.
What did we learn?
For one thing, while everyone feels that our parish has a welcoming atmosphere, plenty of folks feel we could still find new ways to reach out, and invite in, more of our community, including Del Mar and beyond. The overall findings were illustrated, quite literally, in this cool cartoon by our own Ben Willis:
We Started Setting Big Goals.
We took the lead from the tenets of our own Baptismal Covenant—such as worship, reconciliation and outreach—as the framework for setting six goals over the next five years (and we added stewardship). We presented those goals to the Vestry for approval—and in turn, they approved them—at the annual staff and vestry retreat at the end of May. Here they are:
- Worship and Spiritual Formation: Our dynamic worship and spiritual formation will transform all to become more Christ-like in their life and faith.
- Reconciliation: As a community of reconciliation, we work for healing and wholeness in our relationship with God and all God’s creation.
- Evangelism: We share the Good News of Christ’s love through who we are and all that we do.
- Outreach: We use our time, talent and treasure to maximize the impact of God’s grace to those in need locally, regionally and globally.
- Advocacy: With the healing and transformative power of Jesus Christ, we courageously offer our voices and presence in community to confront the brokenness in the world.
- Stewardship: With gratitude and generosity, we live as faithful stewards of all God’s gifts, including resources, relationships and creation.
We Started Laying Out Some Nuts-and-Bolts Objectives.
This is where the rubber hits the road. Over the summer, the committee started articulating real objectives that would speak to each goal—whether that was making the church more visible and inviting in the community, or establishing a ministry for special-needs families. Here are the folks who have been leading those work groups, with help from other committee members and input from staff:
- Worship and Spiritual Formation: Geoff Carson
- Reconciliation: Bob Gavuzzi and Fran Friesen
- Evangelism: Martha King
- Outreach: Dan Donoghue
- Advocacy: Richard Carr and David Moseley
- Stewardship: Pat Carson
We Fine-Tuned Those Objectives.
At a Saturday workshop on July 27, the draft objectives were presented and discussed. The committee agreed that, as we continued to refine those objectives, we would keep the action plans at a strategic level—so that the ministries involved in carrying them out would have guidance, but not a straight-jacket as they created their own yearly operational plans. And we needed to tag any objectives that would carry significant price tags. Those strategic objectives will be reviewed by Vestry this Fall.
We Started Singing About Our Progress.
Back in May, we launched our sung-and-chanted version of the new vision statement (“St. Peter’s Dares to Be…”), and on Sunday, Sept. 8, the kids of St. Peter’s surprised us by singing it during the 9 a.m. service, as part of the Blessing of the Backpacks by Mother Paige. They’d learned the lyrics and tune—and the parish sang along nicely, too.
Breaking News: The Committee met again on Saturday, Oct. 19 to continue their work on the revised strategic objectives and action plans. Stay tuned!
St. Peter's Vision, Values, and Mission (posted May 16, 2013)
The new St. Peter's vision, values, and mission, approved by the vestry, have been set to music and chant. The congregation was invited to sing along as we used the vision, vaules, and mission as the Psalm on the weekend of May 12. The text and music for our VV&M and a recording of the choir singing this chant at our 11:00 am service can be foudn in the sidebar on the right side of this page.
Vestry approves new St. Peter’s Vision, Mission and Values: to be shared with the Parish April 17th
At the Vestry meeting on March 12th, members of the Committee presented the critical foundational elements of the Five Year Plan, the Vision, Mission and Values statements.
These statements were the result of consultation with the Parish at an evening event in late January and many hours of discernment and discussion in workshops and meetings. Vestry members enthusiastically approved them and agreed that now it’s time for us to unveil this work to the Parish and to ask for your input into the next stage of our process, which is discerning the goals and objectives which will enable us to live out our Vision, Mission and Values.
Please get involved in helping the Committee, Clergy and Staff to discern God’s will for St. Peter’s over the next 5 years. Come to the Parish Consultation event on April 17th from 6 to 8pm in the Parish Hall share the new Vision, Mission and Values, give us input on Parish Goals and Objectives and enjoy a light supper and fellowship as well!
The SWOT survey (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) was emailed to Parishioners on March 14 th and has already had over 50 replies! This survey is important in helping us with the next stage of our process, discerning Parish Goals and Objectives.
Please give us your feedback by filling in the survey BEFORE MARCH 29TH at
If you have any problems with the survey, please ask Allan Dorsey or Claire Brooks to help you with the software.
In Fall 2012 the St. Peter’s Vestry invited representatives from all ages, Ministries, clergy and staff to form a Committee to develop a Five Year plan for the Parish. In this video, we’d like to explain the process behind what we’re doing and share some of the work we’ve been doing to create an inspiring Vision for our church.
One of the first steps in this Process was a full day workshop in which Committee members prayed about and discerned the Values and Vision for St. Peter’s. This work was done in small groups and we’d like to share some of our hopes, dreams and thoughts with you now.
The Vision and Values statements are the first step in our process, which we aim to complete by Fall 2013. There will be several stages of consultation with Parish and Vestry throughout. The final Strategic Plan will act as a roadmap for the future of St. Peter’s, as we grow God’s Mission for us with the communities we serve and strengthen our Ministries and our St. Peter’s Community.
We encourage you to share your feedback on our work so far in our Strategic Planning Blog.