Episcopal Diocese of Washington

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an enduring faith in Jesus Christ

Strategic Ministry Review

Strategic Ministry Review is a way for every parish to ask, "How are we doing?" It is a time to celebrate what has been done well and to understand what might be done better. As Christian people we must always ask: "What is God calling us to do and to accomplish here in this place?" And then, "How can we best practice this ministry?" Ministry is the work of the whole people of God, not just of the ordained clergy. Therefore, Strategic Ministry Review is meant to help the entire parish better accomplish God's mission. What is being reviewed is

  1. the ministry of laity and clergy
  2. working together
  3. in the daily life of the community
  4. for the glory of God.

Strategic Ministry Review is intended to nurture environments where priorities are discussed regularly and comfortably. As a result, communities and individuals will understand the parish’s goals and what is expected of them. Roles will be clarified, and time and energy will be centered on what is important for the building up of the Body of Christ.

Participants are encouraged to remember that the intent of the Strategic Ministry Review is to improve effective ministry. Within the pastoral context of the review process, the emphasis is on celebrating the successes and resolving the challenges. This is sound, healthy stewardship.

If your parish is interested in Strategic Ministry Review, please explore the templates available on the right of this page and/or contact the Rev. Canon Paula Clark.