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Five transformational commitments for our church

An update from the Strategic Planning Working Group

The Strategic Plan Working Group has been busy over the last few months, working across the Church in a process to re-examine the mission and structures of General Synod. Here is a short update on where we have been, where we are and where we are going.

Where we’ve been

  • Review of Vision 2019 outcomes
  • 11 Listening Groups, each having up to 3 sessions
  • 3 listening sessions with Church House Management Team
  • Identification of themes and strategic priorities
  • Mandate review of General Synod Office
  • Review of quantitative and qualitative research on the effects of the pandemic on churches in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K.
  • An environmental scan (SWOT analysis – strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats)
  • Multiple iterations of priority discernment and scenario building

Where we are now

  • Emerging clarity that this will be a transitional plan:
    a compass, not a roadmap (understanding our context)
  • Developing an ecclesiological understanding of the role and ministry of the National Church
  • Designing the structural outline for the final document, including a first draft of pillars, priorities and goals
  • Testing a departmental planning exercise for Church House
  • Seeking to calibrate expectations for General Synod 2022

Where we’re going

  • Preparing for Provincial Synods: test and improve our findings
  • Returning to Listening Group participants for reflections, reactions, language and stories
  • Seeking greater clarity about potential resource parameters
  • June 2021 CoGS: 1st response to some preliminary draft language
  • November 2021 CoGS: in-depth review of first draft of plan
  • March 2022 CoGS: Final draft for amendment / ratification