By Lee Cox
“Where there is no vision the people perish….” (Proverbs 29:18)
The truth of this citation from Proverbs is self-evident, as should be its corollary: Where there is prayerful fidelity and submission to God’s word and will, there are abundant blessings for God’s people. As a community of faith, seeking God’s vision for St. Michael’s is a communal responsibility, not the exclusive domain of the clergy and vestry. This is foundational and, it is vital that the congregation knows about and contributes to these efforts to think and plan strategically for our future. A strong team has been appointed by Father Al and the vestry and is already working diligently. Team members, representing clergy, staff and congregation, are as follows:
Clergy and staff — Reverend David Booman, Meredith Buyck, the Rev. Randy Shirley, Vicki Vasquez; Vestry — Lee Cox (chair), Laura Gruber, Grant Inscoe; Congregation — Nancy Hardwick, Jeff Moll and Margaret Smith. Gary DiCamillo and Jerry Reves are advisory to the team and are available to serve as facilitators.
Our process comprises three major components. The first, and the phase we are in at present is an environmental scan using both internal and external sources to assess where St. Michael’s is positioned demographically, economically, socially and among other churches. The second phase will be a SWOT exercise to make an assessment of our strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. The third phase will be a visioning exercise addressing the question, “What should St. Michael’s look and feel like in 2027?”
Of course, one of the primary tools we are using is the congregational survey and all team members are charged to dive deeply into this rich body of information. (Please note: If you did not complete the survey, or even if you did and there are additional things that you feel would make a significant difference and contribute to a future vision, don’t hesitate to contact any member of the team and make your views known.) Additional tools being used are focus groups (Alpha graduates, former vestry members, millennials, etc.), web site survey of peninsula churches, and ministry area demographic profile with data provided by the Percept Group (a national faith-based organization providing information-based planning tools to churches, religious bodies and other religious organizations in the United States).
The commitment of your strategy team is to be faithful, thorough, and intentional. We are confident that the vision that is crafted for St. Michael’s 2027 will be godly and grand. It will also be one that will have measurable goals and benchmarks to ensure that we are walking along our intended path. Rest assured that you will receive regular, periodic updates on our progress and do not hesitate to contact any member of the strategy team with any questions or comments you may have.