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.

Image of a map with a compassWhere 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

Illustration of a person at a crossroadsWhere 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

Illustration of a bright star in a blue sky surrounded by evergreen treesWhere 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