Proverbs 29:18 says that “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”
Many people fail in life, not for lack of ability or brains or even courage, but simply because they have never organized their energies around a goal.
During the Parish Pastoral Council Retreat in January of 2017, the desire was expressed to do a thorough review of our work as a parish, and earnestly seek where God is calling us to be in the next 5-10 years. Because of this, the Rev. Ashley Abarca-Mitchell was invited to share about her work using the Appreciative Inquiry model with healthy parishes as a new approach to Visioning and Strategic planning.
She proposed that that during our time together we would focus on a healthy parish model set forth in Acts 2:42-47 modeling fellowship, discipleship, worship, ministry and evangelism. Our process work would focus on:
a. Clarity of mission and vision- the why
b. Authentic community
This would require 3 months of high intensity work on behalf of a leadership team and the entire parish and 12-60 months of implementation.
Prayer is first and foremost. We must begin with prayer- for the leadership team and the entire parish. During the first 30 days, we met with Priests, staff, leadership teams and core groups to ask questions, build relationships and gain insight into the questions we needed ask during our visioning sessions.
Below is a full report of the process