Stories provide data for strategic planning

strategic-planningThe “Day of Discovery” held on April 17 focused on story sharing. Starting in pairs, then sharing in larger and larger groups, participants asked each other questions to find out what they most appreciate about Niles Discovery Church.

“We are really listening for commonalities in the sharing,” explained Pastor Brenda. “We are listening for where people agree about our church’s strengths and about their hopes for the future of our church. These common themes will help guide the strategic planning team in developing goals for the church.”

“I haven’t looked through the responses and notes,” Pastor Jeff said, “but I heard two very important things:  we are a church that embodies God radically inclusive love, and we are a church that desires to serve our neighbors.”

Pastor Brenda says that the Strategic Planning Team will compile and digest the results from the Day of Discovery and follow-up sessions. They will use what they learn to revisit the church’s mission statement to see how it might need to be revised to reflect our current vision, values, and focus. They will then move on to creating specific goals and strategies for the church.

Watch for more news on what’s happening in the Strategic Planning process.

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