Church Vitality

My name is Gary Hunt, a member of St. Timothy’s Danville CA Episcopal Church and termed-out member of the Diocese of California Executive Council where I was the Convener for its Church Vitality Team from 2011-2013.

The first stage of this growth initiative was an intensive 120-day action planning process on church vitality:

120 Days Fast Track Church Vitality Action Planning Process

During this process the team made recommendations to the Bishop and Executive Council on strategy recommendations and actions planned to enhance church vitality so it can focus on doing God’s work across the Diocese.

This was a deliberate and prayerful Congregations Up! Strategy that is designed to transform the work programs, operations and organization of the Diocese to focus squarely on the following goals:

  1. Empower and support congregational growth across the Diocese of California
  2. Set clear and measurable goals for ASA, membership and revenue growth for each parish
  3. Raise up and train new generations of lay leaders and clergy to live into this growth challenge
  4. Expand the participation of the members today and those who love God and seek Christ in their lives to do the mission and ministry work of the church across the diocese and beyond.
  5. Celebrate, invite, welcome, incorporate and involve people across the rich multicultural, ethnic and lifestyle experiences that make up the Diocese of California into an inclusive, open, loving community of faith.
  6. Plan for the Diocesan future by developing mission and ministry programs that speak to the needs of people and live into the social justice, life affirming, loving values of the Episcopal Church.

Church Vitality Progress Report:

August 28, 2011

The Church Vitality Team.

  1. The Rev Christopher Martin, Rector, St. Paul’s San Rafael
  2. Gabriela Strand Bruce, Grace Cathedral
  3. Richard Patenaude, Holy Cross, Castro Valley
  4. Gary Hunt, St. Timothy’s Danville
  5. Julia McCray Goldsmith, Diocese of California
  6. The Rev Kathy Trapani, Interim Rector, St. Timothy’s
  7. The Rev Debra Low-Skinner, Interim Rector, St Bartholomew’s Livermore
  8. The Rev Aris Rivera, Vicar, St. Alban’s Brentwood
  9. The Rev Canon Michael Barlowe, Diocese of California
  10. J Dave Gerhard, Holy Innocent’s San Francisco
  11. Steve Mason, Vestry Member, St. Timothy’s Danville
  12. The Rev John Trubina, Deacon, St. Clare’s Pleasanton
  13. Kathleen Piriano, Executive Director, Episcopal Charities
  14. Earl Clinton Williams, Sr Warden, St James Oakland
  15. The Rev Ron Culmer, Rector, St. Clare’s Pleasanton
  16. Ken Letsch, Christ Church, Alameda
  17. Jenny Moss, Christ Church, Alameda

Church Vitality Workshops

Saturday September 13, 2011, 7pm

Bishop Marc’s Church Vitality Conference Call

Clergy and Lay Leadership Welcome to Participate

REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Saturday September 17, 2011, 9am to 2pm

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1123 Court Street, San Rafael, CA 94901

http://www.stpaulssanrafael.org/

Workshop #1:

  1. Spiritual Foundation for Church Growth:  The Restoration Project
  2. frame issues of attendance and membership growth and dive into the data available;
  3. identify key factors affecting decline and growth.

Deanery Meetings Town Halls: Every Deanery will be having meetings this Fall. Deanery members should hear about the church growth program at the same deanery meeting as Diocesan Budget 2012 presentations.

Saturday October 15, 2011, 9am-2pm

St. Clare’s Episcopal Church, 3350 Hopyard Rd, Pleasanton, CA 94588

http://stclarespleasanton.org/

Workshop #2:

  1. Roundtable Discussion: Growth and Collaboration Opportunities in Tri-Valley/Dougherty Valley
  2. Growing Ideas: Gathering congregation case studies and examples of program ideas that work.
  3. Discussing a Framework for Membership Growth Team Action Plan

October 21-22, 2011

Diocesan Convention. Expect wide discussion of church growth program and be prepared to offer progress report. Consider town hall meeting to allow convention delegates to hear our progress report and discuss issues.

Saturday November 12, 2011

St. Alban’s Brentwood, 500 Second Street, Brentwood, CA 94513

http://www.stalbansbrentwood.org/

Workshop #3:

  1. Shaping the Parish: Developing a Healthier, More Faithful Church, The Rev. Aris Rivera
  2. Roundtable Discussion:  Congregation Growth in East Contra Costa County
  3. Outlining the draft report of the Membership Growth team- Final drafts to be posted in advance and discussed and accepted at Dec meeting.

Saturday December 10th – Holy Innocents Episcopal Church, San Francisco

455 Fair Oaks Street, San Francisco, CA  94110

Workshop #4: Church2Go!

  1. Adapting social networking and other new technology to the growth needs of the church.
  2. Review draft report of Membership Growth team.
  3. Review next steps for implementation phase after church growth program approval.
  4. Celebrate our joy at this new beginning for the Diocese of California
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