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									St. John the Forerunner Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church a0641152-f986-498f-9838-fe78b974193f.xls

Vision: Heaven on earth Mission: It is the will of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit to join Heaven and earth. In worship, we praise the Most Holy Trinity. In our disciplined lives, we follow in the footsteps of the martyrs and all the saints made perfect. Through our fellowship, we seek to love one another as Christ loves us, that all men may know we are His disciples. In our evangelistic and other outreach work, we share the love of the Most Holy Trinity with the people of Central Texas. Holy Prophet and Forerunner John, our Patron and Protector, pray for us.

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St. John the Forerunner Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church a0641152-f986-498f-9838-fe78b974193f.xls

Strategic Focus

Strategy

Goal

Tactic

Objective

Milestone or Metric

Due Date

Responsible Party

Worship

1.1. We foster full participation in divine services by providing education, resources and support. Our goal is to enable all children, 1.0. In our worship, we praise youth, and adults to participate in the Most Holy Trinity. the services as fully as possible.

1.1.1. Worship resources are provided 1.1.2. Educational opportunities to enhance learning about the divine services are implemented

1.1.1.1. Implement age-appropriate congregational texts for the Divine Liturgy, Orthros, and Vespers. 1.2.2.1. Develop video instructional services, i.e., the Divine Liturgy, Vespers and Orthros.

Congregational texts available Each instructional service available

July 2006

Bob Bennett

July 2007

Fr. Dcn. Basil Long

1.2. We enhance the quality of divine services by identifying talented people and helping them to use their gifts.

1.2.1. Those with vocations to holy orders or those who have gifts for chanting or music are identified and their gifts developed 1.2.1.1. Develop a chanter training program 1.2.1.2. Sponsor an annual chanting workshop that is mandatory continuing education for chanters. 1.2.1.3. Sponsor semiannual choir workshop that is mandatory continuing education for choir members. 1.2.1.4. Develop a children's choir to sing at designated services 2.1.1.1. Foster annual participation in Parish 2.1.1. Age-appropriate educational Life Conferences (e.g., Creative Arts and opportunities are offered Oratorical Festivals) 2.1.1.2. Conduct gender-specific retreats for spiritual growth 2.1.1.3. Videotape classes on Orthodox traditions, e.g., prosphora-baking, Paschal eggs, making koliva. 2.1.1.4. Mentor young adults in the administrative life of the parish, e.g., parish council activities 2.1.2. We develop Church School 2.1.2.1. Provide annual opportunities to teachers so that Orthopraxis is interested Church School teachers for taught to our children Archdiocese preparation

Training program developed Chanting workshop offered. % of chanters attending workshop. Choir workshop offered. % of choir attending workshop. Children's choir implemented

July 2009

Head Chanter

July 2007

Head Chanter

Aug/Feb December 2005

Josie Long Josie Long

Discipline

2.0. In our disciplined lives, we follow in the steps of the martyrs and all the saints made perfect (Jn 17:20-25).

2.1. We embrace the fundamental disciplines of Orthopraxis.

Parishioners participate in PLC activities Retreats begin

April Annually

Fr. Aidan Wilcoxson Fr. Aidan Wilcoxson Inreach Committee Subdeacon Thomas Wilson, Chair

Classes videotaped and made available Young adult elected to parish council

February 2006

February 2007

Vicki Jones

Increased number of teachers

September

Church School Superintendent

2.2.1. The parish has an organized 2.2. We are good stewards of what and focused approach to financial God has given us responsibilities and growth 2.2.2. A new temple is built, to His glory

2.2.1.1. Plan and conduct capital campaign to implement master site plan 2.2.2.1. Engage architect for construction drawings 2.2.2.2. Engage contractor for construction of new temple 2.2.2.3. Pavilion funded and erected 2.2.2.4. Temple construction underway

Capital campaign begins Architect contracted for construction drawings Contractor engaged Pavilion in use Temple completed Plan reviewed and revised each year

September 2005 October 2005 November 2005 January 2006 June 2006

Parish Council Parish Council Parish Council Parish Council Parish Council Strategic Planning Committee Chair

2.2.3. The Strategic Plan remains 2.2.3.1. Review and revise the Strategic Plan aligned with our vision and mission annually

June 2006

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St. John the Forerunner Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church a0641152-f986-498f-9838-fe78b974193f.xls

Strategic Focus

Strategy

Goal

Tactic

Objective

Milestone or Metric

Due Date

Responsible Party
Inreach Committee Subdeacon Thomas Wilson, Chair

Discipline (cont.)

2.3. We furnish support to those new to and in the faith

2.3.1. Godparents and sponsors 2.3.1.1. Implement program for godparents and know their role and responsibilities sponsors, including small group classes in Godparent/sponsor program to those new in the faith. homes. implemented 2.3.2. Inquirers and catechumens have a structured opportunity to learn and interact with Orthodox Christians in an informal setting

Fall 2007

2.3.3. We ensure catechumens have an Orthodox starter set, to facilitate their prayer life. 2.3.4. We develop a First Year Program to monitor progress and develop of newly baptized and chrismated through their first calendar year in parish. 3.0. In our fellowship, we seek to love one another as Christ loves us, that all men may know that we are His disciples (Jn 13:34-35).

2.3.2.1. Implement Orthodoxy 101 for inquirers and new catechumens Orthodoxy 101 implemented 2.3.3.1. Finalize package contents for adults and children (age-appropriate, e.g., prayer rope, prayer book, incense, censer, charcoal, icon, subscription to Again or Word magazine, Orthodox starter set contents Orthodox Bible). finalized

Spring 2006

Bob Bennett

Fall 2006

Inreach Committee Subdeacon Thomas Wilson, Chair

2.3.4.1. Develop First Year Program.

First Year Program developed and implemented

Fall 2008

Fr. Dcn. Basil Long

Fellowship

3.1. We encourage fellowship through a number of activities. 3.2. We build our community through activities for specific groups of parishioners

3.1.1.1. Develop fellowship opportunities using 3.1.1. We celebrate our lives in the the "Soup and Saints" model, to encourage Most Holy Trinity together. education and fellowship 3.2.1. We support an active Women’s group. 3.2.2. We implement a men's service group. 3.2.3. We foster an active youth group.

One regularly scheduled opportunity implemented

June 2006

Inreach Committee Subdeacon Thomas Wilson, Chair Women's Group President

3.2.1.1. Develop a five-year plan and submit to Women's group strategic plan the parish council. submitted to council

Fall 2006

3.2.2.1. Develop men’s service group. 3.2.3.1. Implement St. John chapter of Teen SOYO

Men' group established Teen SOYO chapter implemented

Outreach Committee September 2006 - David Brown, Chair Fr. Aidan Wilcoxson and Youth Advisor Youth Group Advisor and President

September 2007

3.2.3.2. Develop a five-year plan and submit to Youth Group strategic plan the parish council. submitted to council 3.3. We use pilgrimages as an opportunity for worship, orthopraxis, 3.3. We engage in parish and fellowship pilgrimages at least annually 3.3.1.1. Attend parish life conferences as a group

April 2008

El Paso PLC attended

June 2006

Fr. Aidan Wilcoxson

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Strategic Focus

Strategy

Goal

Tactic

Objective

Milestone or Metric

Due Date

Responsible Party

Evangelistic and Other Outreach

4.0. In our evangelistic and other outreach work, we share the love of the Most Holy Trinity with the people of 4.1. We provide evangelistic Central Texas. opportunities for Central Texas. 4.2. We approach evangelism and other outreach in a planned and organized way 4.3. We improve parish communication through more efficient use of technology

4.4. We support Christ the Lightgiver Bookstore. 4.5. We give back to the community

4.1.1.1. Participate in the Greater Austin Council of Orthodox Churches, to plan and 4.1.1. Pan-Orthodox instructional deploy semiannual community events featuring and evangelistic events are nationally known Orthodox regularly offered to the community speakers/musicians/monastics Community events begin 4.2.1.1. Evangelism and mission plan, schedule 4.2.1. Evangelism and mission and budget are developed and submitted to the Evangelism and Mission Plan work is planned and scheduled Parish Council submitted 4.3.1. Meet increasing information needs through enhanced technology and administrative 4.3.1.1. Revisit enhanced technology and tools administrative software assessment. Review completed 4.3.1.2. Implement a web-based parish management software system that includes visitor contact and outreach management System implemented 4.4.1.1 Provide a detailed business plan and schedule for bookstore development and 4.4.1. The parish supports advertising; promotion includes as a local bookstore activities gathering spot Plan developed 4.5.1. Our parish is a good corporate citizen 4.5.1.1. Conduct a community needs assessment with Cedar Park officials and organizations 4.5.1.2. Determine parish contribution to the community 4.5.1.3. Implement program or activity 4.5.1.4. Evaluate community satisfaction with the parish's contribution 4.5.1.5. Consider expanding parish services outside of Cedar Park Community needs assessment completed Community program or activity determined Community program or activity implemented Community program satisfaction evaluated Community program expansion considered

Fall 2008

Rick Kelly

June 2006

Dan King

September 2005

Chris Falkowski

March 2006

Chris Falkowski

Fall 2006

Rdr. Mark Trainer

Fall 2007 Winter 2007 Spring 2008 Fall 2008 Spring 2009

Dan King Dan King Dan King Dan King Dan King

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a0641152-f986-498f-9838-fe78b974193f.xls Status Report_Template

Worship (8)
Latias served Master Plan Complete Congregational texts available Church van implemented Each instructional service presented

Chanting workshop offered.

Choir workshop offered.

Children's choir implemented

Discipline (19)
Rule of prayer available Semester length program Printed version of rule published begins Parishioners participate in PLC activities Retreats begin

Scholarship fund implemented Classes offered

Young adult elected to parish council

Teen SOYO chapter implemented

Library plan developed and includes required elements

Library plan presented and approved by Parish Council

Mortgage moved to a commercial financial institution

Capital campaign begins

Architect contracted for building plans

Temple completed

Plan reviewed and revised each year

Godparent/sponsor program developed

Orthodox starter set contents finalized

First Year Program developed and implemented

Fellowship (8)
Changes implemented Parish meals sponsored One regularly scheduled opportunity implemented Patronal feast day moved to Women's group strategic plan June 24th submitted to council

Men' group established

Planning for future youth group membership completed

Youth Group strategic plan submitted to council

Evangelistic and Other Outreach (22)
Center developed "Soup and Saints" attended by community members Feasibility study conducted Classes offered Project Plan developed and submitted to Parish Council

Team formed

Survey conducted

Assessment completed

System implemented

Visitors packet implemented

Education opportunities implemented

Solution developed and implemented

Plan developed

Budget presented

Labor hours determined

Charisms assessed

Support hired

Program or activity Needs assessment completed determined

Program or activity implemented

Satisfaction evaluated

Consideration given

Status report: Strategic Plan completion % (D=57) Worship: Orthopraxis: [# milestones met/#
milestones)]*100

12% Fellowship: 16% 25% Evangelism/Other Outreach: 5%

13%

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a0641152-f986-498f-9838-fe78b974193f.xls Status Report Instructions Policy: It is the responsibility of the person identified as the responsible party in the Strategic Plan worksheet to determine monitoring methods for his or her assigned milestones and metrics. The monitoring method is defined for the Parish Council upon request. The Strategic Plan Report Template is completed by the last day of each month by the person identified as the responsible party in the Strategic Plan worksheet. The report is then emailed to the Parish Council Secretary by COB the first day of the following month. The Parish Council Secretary compiles the report for the monthly Parish Council meeting. Responsible persons should be prepared to discuss activities and milestone attainment at the Parish Council meeting. Procedure: 1. Review the month's activities related to the relevant area of responsibility in the Strategic Plan. 2. Determine if milestones were met; document "Completed" and date of completion. Do not change template formatting. 3. Document results in appropriate template location. Do not change template formatting. 4. Email the report to the Parish Council Secretary. 5. Parish Council Secretary compiles reports into a single monthly report. 6. Parish Council Secretary calculates percent complete. 7. Parish Council Secretary emails report to council members prior to the meeting,and includes report in meeting materials.

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