The seven domains of the strategic plan are now:
- Faith Enhancement & Education
- Pastoral Care
- Community Outreach & Promotion
- Governance – Strategic Planning & Diocesan Connections
- Resources – Stewardship & Finance
Each domain has a goal and activities to achieve the goal. Activities have been planned to be implemented over the life of the Plan. Evaluation and review of the plan will be undertaken on a regular basis. Summaries of the domains, goals and activities are presented. More detailed information is available in the Strategic Plan 2011-2015 documents. This plan is integral to the Parish Calendar 2012.
Domain – WORSHIP – innovative, sacred, challenging, faith-enhancing within the Anglo-Catholic tradition.
Goal: Provide opportunity and environment to worship as the community of faith.
Activity: Sunday worship: Eucharistic, music, family, seasonal, evensong, meditation mass, Taize, pets’ blessing, harvest festivals, Patronal Festivals, jazz mass, Back to Church, Commitment Sunday, Mission Sunday.
Weekday worship: as scheduled; nursing homes, hospitals, home communions.
Pastoral Services: funerals, memorials, baptism, marriage, confirmation, house blessings, civic services, Inter-Church special events e.g., World Day of Prayer, Easter, Service to Support People Affected by the Floods, Volunteer Thanksgiving.
Domain – FAITH ENHANCEMENT & EDUCATION– scriptural, spiritual, exploratory, relevant, faith-enhancing
Goal: Provide opportunities and resources to engage with scripture and exploration of the life of faith.
Activity: Bible studies, commentaries, sermons, confirmation and faith enhancement study groups; visiting priests & theological student placements; cultural exchange with other Christian communities – invite priest from Pacific for placement; Seasonal Studies intra and inter-church; preaching, talks and displays, Diocesan Conferences; books, websites, films, discussion groups, radio program, community events; Seminars, “Spirited Conversations”, retreats and quiet days.
Domain – HOSPITALITY & OUTREACH– active, generous, non-judgmental, welcoming to all; and to develop connections and relationships with the wider community.
Goal: Provide generous hospitality and welcome; develop unity within the Parish; provide a space for engagement with wider community.
Activities: Church: offer a welcoming environment for visitors;
Church Community: provide food and refreshments; celebrations and festive events; parish lunches & dinners, men’s breakfasts, “Spirited Conversations”,
Wider Community: provide refreshments at parish events and community events (e.g., funerals); establish a program that engages with spiritual needs of community; events and functions that bring the community into the Church; e.g., Deb Ball, Night
at the Movies, Garage Sale, Strawberry Festival, Spring Fiesta, Trivia Night, Mission Dinners, Seasonal Festivals. Finding and welcoming new arrivals, connecting with community events; establish farmer mentoring program; concerts, seminars, special events e.g. ‘Back to Church Sunday’.
PROMOTION – to be visible, encourage participation, raise profile
Goal: Promote the life of the Church
Internal: Regular communication with parishioners on progress of thinking, planning, discussions, projects, evaluations, finances, successes, anniversaries.
External: Develop a promotional strategy; advertising, press releases, develop brochure, develop the website; have something to say on topical issues; be inviting and welcoming; connect with concerns of the community, be involved in community events.
Domain – PASTORAL CARE– compassionate, non-judgmental, non-intrusive, client focused
Goal: Responding to the pastoral needs of the community.
Activity: Intra Church: Develop a parish-visiting program; care for sick, elderly, infirmed, bereaved, hospital visiting. Beyond the Church: support the NEEHAS Program, basket of goods for distribution, support for new mothers and grandmothers, establish a play group, facilitate seminars on life transitions, retirement, grand-parenting, death and bereavement.
Emergencies: Prepare parish disaster plan, prepare and activate telephone tree for elderly in extreme weather; undertake skills audit of parishioners; Rector as emergency chaplain, recruit other emergency lay chaplains.
Domain – GOVERNANCE – STRATEGIC PLANNING & DIOCESAN CONNECTIONS
Goal: Ensure the Strategic Plan is implemented and remains relevant to the Parish and is in keeping with Diocesan Strategic Directions
Activity: Undertake periodic reviews and evaluations and ensure connections with Diocesan Units (e.g. Synod, Registry, Mother’s Union, Anglicare) are maintained.
Domain – RESOURCES – STEWARDSHIP & FINANCE – effective and efficient use of resources
Goal: Ensure ongoing financial viability of the Parish
Activity: Undertake appropriate Stewardship Programs to encourage regular giving, bequests, gifts and voluntary donations of time and talent; undertake diligent budget management.