Process for Strategic Discernment
The Process for Strategic Discernment is our deliberate effort to cultivate a vision for future ministries that the whole church will share. In May 2015 the moderators invited Tenneson Woolf of Linden, Utah to serve as our shepherd through the planning process. That same month, the Church Council named ten “strategic planning stewards” to work directly with Tenneson in leading the whole congregation through a planning process.
In coordination with events to celebrate the church’s 160th Anniversary, the congregation was invited to participate in 2.5 days of planning together October 8-11. The purpose of this retreat was to identify 4-6 “experiments” for new programs that the church may develop into fuller ministries. Those experiments have become our strategic initiatives. The church council is continuously involved in reviewing, adapting, and implementing these plans. Each experiment has been assigned an advocate or “witness” to promote the initiative within the congregation and discern its future as a ministry of the whole church. More information on each experiment is available in the menu above.
- Christian Education Programming, Anne Pederson
- Social Justice and Care of Creation, Jean Libbey and MJ Zimmerman
- Small Groups for Fun and Fellowship, Julie Eberbach
- Versatility in Weekly Worship, Merle Zirkle
- Ecumenical Projects, John Noer
- Caregiving and Visitation, Dorothy Noer
Additionally, the strategic planning retreat identified three “culture-making practices” that the entire congregation is asked to adopt in all board/committee meetings, programs, and activities. We believe that these three practices will help our congregation live more fully into its vision for ministry.