Strategic Plan (English)
ST. PAUL’S / SAN PABLO -- Strategic Plan
Saint Paul’s/San Pablo’s is an inclusive, vibrant, loving and diverse church family. We will continue to practice and advocate our Christian faith and Episcopal traditions in service to each other and our Salinas Valley community.
Recognizing and embracing the diversity of our congregation and the
Salinas Valley, Saint Paul’s/San Pablo’s mission is inclusive, inviting and welcoming all to celebrate and share our Christian faith and Episcopal tradition through worship, fellowship, and action.
FAITH – our Episcopal faith and traditions with practices that reflect the teachings of Christ.
Understanding and Actively Practicing Christian Values
Open minds that welcome, accept, and actively participate
Practice Episcopal Liturgies
Spiritual Peace and Reflection
Seek and know Scripture and traditions of the Episcopal Church
FAMILY – recognize, value, welcome, care for, and support the Saint Paul’s/San Pablo family.
One congregation that is one in faith and diverse in language, culture, and traditions
Understand, accept, honor, respect and care for one another
Actively participate in ministry reflective of our faith and meet the spiritual needs of each other
COMMUNITY – we care for the Salinas Valley community and the Diocese of El Camino Real.
St. Paul’s/San Pablo reflects the Salinas Valley in diversity of language, culture, economics, and challenges
Sharing God’s love (and our Episcopal faith) in all of our ministries to meet the spiritual and personal needs of families and our community
Work with other organizations to advocate for and achieve social justice in our community
FAITH -- GOALS
A spiritual community rich in opportunities focused on assuring a full understanding and appreciation of our shared Christian faith and Episcopal traditions.
Develop and implement a range of vibrant services and educational opportunities that reflect the diversity of our congregation and respond to the spiritual needs of all our members.
FAITH -- OBJECTIVES
a. Recruit parish members to serve on a worship committee and on an education committee.
b. Review our Education and Spiritual Formation ministries and ensure that opportunities are offered for age specific, intergenerational, multicultural, and all language groups represented in the congregation.
c. Develop and offer spiritual education opportunities focused on both fully understanding and actively practicing our Christian faith and Episcopal traditions.
d. Develop and offer scripture education opportunities to gain fuller understanding and appreciation of the meaning of the Bible.
e. Hold educational forums to assist parish members to grow in their faith and in manners that respect our diversity – culture, age, language, personal and common needs.
f. Provide liturgies that are inspiring and relevant.
g. Provide an environment that recognizes, accepts, and honors the individual as well as the larger community preferences for worship and expressions of faith.
h. Select a new rector committed to the goals, values, and objectives reflected throughout the Strategic Plan.
FAMILY – GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
BECOME ONE FAMILY IN FAITH WITH APPRECIATION, RESPECT, AND SUPPORT OF OUR INDIVIDUAL CULTURAL, LANGUAGE, TRADITIONS, AND LIFE STYLE
Organize regular opportunities for formal interaction among all members of the congregation with a focus on sharing cultural and worship traditions.
n Once each year a single Sunday service will be organized and celebrated in the tradition of each of our three (3) current Sunday celebrations – 8am, 10am, noon.
n The major celebrations of the Easter Vigil and the Bishop’s annual visit will incorporate elements of our current services traditions.
Organize regular opportunities for informal interaction among all members of the congregation with an opportunity for sharing cultural traditions.
n Two community focused and/or fundraising events, one emphasizing Anglo traditions and the other emphasizing Hispanic traditions
n Koinonia Dinners
n Organize three (3) yearly opportunities to achieve a greater knowledge and appreciation of our diverse cultures and traditions – perhaps Living Room Conversation or similar format
Organize appropriate personal and professional support network opportunities for all members of the congregation
n Families with young children / School age members / Single young adults
n Older members of the congregation / Homebound members
n Professions (e.g. musicians) / Language learning / Prayer Chain
Develop an open atmosphere to encourage parish members to seek assistance when needed.
Survey the parish to find out what needs are being met and what are not.
Determine what changes are needed in parish structures and personnel to meet the needs
FAMILY – GOALS AND OBJECTIVES (Continued)
Develop strategies for congregational development, growth and incorporation (discipleship) that are inviting and welcoming to all.
Examine who we are and where we come from (congregational mapping)
Identify neighborhoods and populations we want to connect with and develop strategies to do so.
Establish a new member ministry team
With the support of the Diocese, identify a new Rector by late 2018
Recruit a diverse search committee to begin the process for searching for a new bilingual, bicultural priest.
Consult with the Diocese as to the process
Implement the search process
Identify a new rector no later than December 31, 2018
Develop parish leadership with particular focus on cultural differences
Provide bilingual training opportunities for parish members
Develop volunteer opportunities to parish members to gain leadership skills
Work with the diocese to ensure we are taking full advantage of the services and opportunities they provide for our support
Foster generosity within the parish for gifts of time, talent, and treasure
Determine parish financial and volunteer needs to grow and strengthen the parish
Develop a plan on how to fiscally fund parish needs and support the maintenance of our facility through fundraising, stewardship, and the time and talents of parish members.
COMMUNITY – GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
Determine the desired direction of the parish in supporting community services
Evaluate the current outreach programs and services to determine the effectiveness of those services and to ensure the parish supports these programs
Seek ways to engage the community in our worship and programs
Publicize the events and worship services to the community
Evaluate and revise as appropriate our use of social media for information and outreach
Review and determine the continued relevance of all our outreach ministries
Create a small committee to research and interview all our established ministries.
Identify current or new ministry opportunities that are inclusive of our diverse community.
Most all our ministry in the community is hands on ministry relevant to people’s needs, what are the opportunities for us to become involved in partnership with others to bring about greater social justice change in our community?
Our church as a reflection of the diversity of language, culture, economics and challenges of the Salinas Valley.
Ministries that try to meet the spiritual and personal needs of families and community as well as continuing advocacy for social justice.
Select a new rector committed to the goals, values, and objectives reflected throughout the Strategic Plan.
Develop a thorough job description of the ideal priest to ensure applicants are aware of our needs and desires.
Develop a parish profile.