Eastertide, a period of new life, presents the perfect season for our parish community to embark on the practice of strategic visioning. Congregational development professionals suggest that such planning usually has two purposes: the activity of seeking God’s Will for a ministry or church, and the decision to act in faith on what has been discerned. To this end, the Vestry has commissioned a Strategic Visioning Team to lead us in reflecting on the past and present, and envisioning what effects will be required to sustain our ministry and sacred space in Center City Charlotte.
In this endeavor, Vestry Coordinator for Stewardship (Strategic Planning), Carolyn Carlburg will collaborate with a team of approximately twenty members, including Vestry Coordinator for Stewardship (Annual Fund), Ellison Clary, Senior Warden, Bert Miano, the Clergy-Staff Team, and all who are committed to life at St. Peter’s. Through the generosity of St. Peter’s Endowment, funds have been approved to engage the services of the Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF) and one of its staff consultants to guide us through this significant process.
ECF helps Episcopal communities of faith develop strategic, leadership, and financial resources for ministry. On Saturday, May 5, ECF Consultant, Jeannette McDonald will facilitate a retreat with the Strategic Visioning Team before all are invited to the Sunday, May 6 Parish Hall Forum: 2018 Strategic Visioning Process Introduction at 9:30 a.m. This event will focus on a process overview, timeline, expectations, and underscore listening as a key component to success.
Our Parish Vision is to become a community of bold followers of Jesus, a crowd that effects good change for the world, a place known for radical love and welcome, and a beacon of hope in Center City Charlotte. I hope that you will make every effort and encourage others to share in all things necessary to sustain St. Peter’s and fulfill our Vision – with God’s help.
The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector