Congregational Planning at St. Paul Lutheran Church

St. Paul Lutheran Church is a congregation with 236 members in Wheaton, Illinois.  In May of 2014 they approached Millennia about shaping a planning process that could help identify priorities for the church over the next three to five years.

One of our consultants, a former community organizer, developed a six month planning exercise to uncover both compelling ideas and the committed leaders needed to act on them.  “A plan is only as good as the people willing to roll up their sleeves and make it happen,” commented our consultant.  “St. Paul is fortunate to have a strong team of leaders who want to see the church thrive in the future.”

Following a retreat with the church council, three teams were organized around key church priorities:  Called (to look at stewardship and organizational structure), Gathered (to explore ways to form disciples for the church), and Sent (to better welcome new members and bolster outreach in the community.)  A church-wide kick-off dinner started the process and a well-attended congregational meeting at the end closed it out.  In between the three teams held weekly meetings to identify and develop ideas for the plan.  Over 30 members participated in these deliberations and helped shape the plan.