Vision 20/20: Our Mission Discernment

 

 

     This artwork represents the concepts produced at our meeting, and displays them in comparative size to how often they were mentioned.

 

VISION 20/20 is a description of our parish’s road map to the future over the next three years. Here we hope to indicate both what the parish wants to become and to provide the guiding transformational initiatives that will set us on a defined direction for our growth into that vision.

We have emerged from a period of transition after the retirement of our Rector, who spent a long tenure with us (13 years). The transition process involved introspection and self-reflection. During several months of interim ministry, the parish undertook three whole-parish meetings (Annual Meeting 2016 and two “Super Coffee Hours”). Under the guidance of our Interim Rector, St. Luke’s parishioners employed elements of Appreciative Inquiry to uncover what we understood as our “higher purpose” – that is, what it is exactly that we see as being of greater importance than ourselves and our personal desires. Our hope in these exercises was to begin framing decisions that we as a parish community need to make to move our participation in God’s mission forward. At first, we undertook them as necessary to call a new priest as our pastor. We soon discovered, however, that finding our higher purpose began a work of transformation we little expected.

We discovered that, while we needed to address some institutional questions about the way we organized things, deeper, more comprehensive transformations were needed. We probed our earnest desires for the future of our community and discovered that we held some things very dear. This discovery helped to bring clarity to the work of God in our midst even as we made these discoveries.

St. Luke’s found that its higher purpose consists principally in four “core elements”: Outreach, Christian Formation, Worship and Music, and Our Common Life. We recognize that these elements are mutually supportive and do not exist or operate in isolation from each other. They act like pillars holding a platform on which we build our community. Take one or another of them away, and the whole structure is in danger. They provide the foundation for our life as disciples of Christ. The following pages discuss these pillars further and outline our goals in these areas.

Core Element — Outreach (Mercy Works) 

Core Element — Christian Formation

Core Element — Music and Liturgy

Core Element — Our Common Life

You may view our entire Vision 20 /20 document here.