I hope your week is going well. I thought I would give some more information about the strategic planning initiative that I had mentioned in the bulletin last weekend. The formal name of the planning process is “GROW”. Some of you might have heard of other parishes that have already participated in this process. It is a service of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis and is offered to parishes free of charge. It gives parishes the opportunity to develop a strategic plan for the future. Often, we spend much of our time simply focusing on “doing what we always do” without having the time, or taking the time, to ask the bigger questions about what the Lord is calling us to do, where we can grow as a parish, where we would like to focus our time and energy and resources, and other big picture questions. Thankfully, “doing what we always do” means doing a lot of great things at Saint Timothy’s. However, it’s always good to take some time to refocus and fine-tune and see where we can do better and how we can grow.
My hope is that, after this year, we will have a strong plan in place for the future, which we can then implement in the years ahead.
The leadership for this initiative is comprised of the clergy, the staff, trustees, and some parishioners chosen at-large from the parish. However, everyone will be given the opportunity to be involved through surveys offered to the parish and other means.
The process was initiated by the parish as a means to develop this long-range plan and vision. Thanks to your generosity and fidelity, Saint Timothy’s is in a great position and, I hope, is a place where many people encounter the Lord. The hope of this initiative is to focus on our priorities going forward and to hear from you and discern from the Lord how we can continue to grow.
Please let me know if you have any questions. I will have more information for you in the weeks and months ahead.