FROM STRATEGIC PLANNING TO STRATEGIC IMPLEMENTATION

For the past several years, First Olympia has moved through a process of self-understanding and visioning known as “The 360 Plan.” At the church council meeting on June 16, 2015 the final revision of the document was approved and will guide us into the next decade of our life together as a church family. It is the culmination of a process that involved several committees giving direction and input, small group meetings, surveys, listening sessions, the vision and experience of several pastoral and lay leaders, and a significant amount of prayerful thought. The strategic plan expands our existing mission and vision statement with measurable goals for every area of our life together. A complete copy of the document is available in the church office. It is a large document that imagines a vast expansion of our ministries. We encourage all church members to pick up a copy and become acquainted with it. You may also read it online by downloading this PDF file: 360 Strat Plan

THE MISSION OF THE CHURCH IS TO MAKE DISCIPLES OF JESUS CHRIST FOR THE TRANSFORMATION OF THE WORLD

We make disciples and transform the world by gratefully worshiping God, joyfully learning discipleship, gracefully loving one another, and faithfully serving the world, all under the guidance and through the power of the Holy Spirit.

The Strategic Plan outlines developments for our ministries of worship, discipleship, learning, service, and organization. It envisions a church that is growing, that is especially focused on younger members and families while still providing strong pastoral care to persons of all ages. It imagines a church where doing Christian ministry is as important as receiving Christian ministry, where participants are empowered to talk the talk and walk the walk of discipleship. The plan encourages development and expansion of small groups and relationship circles. The plan contains many benchmark goals and timelines for implementation of new ministries.

We adopt this plan knowing that no strategic plan can ever anticipate future developments, and this plan guides us but does not bind us. God’s Spirit continually moves within us and around us as visions evolve, ideas grow, and needs change. The adoption of this strategic plan charts a way forward and challenges us to be continually focused on the church God calls us to be and the new things God calls us to do. Thank you to all who had a part in making this plan happen, and thanks to all of you who are called by virtue of your church membership and your baptismal vows to faithfully implement these plans with God’s help.