In last week’s column, Chris Cudabac, writing for the 2019 Annual Fund Team, offered a beautiful reflection about our parish. He wrote, “St. Peter’s has a long legacy of boldness: establishing Charlotte’s first hospitals, nurturing the area’s first orphanage, sending out missions to bring the good news of salvation to those on the margins of life, using parish buildings to feed and host the homeless, and marching to proclaim our support for equality and justice for all.” Our boldness is a common thread in our history and a present reality as we continue our ministry and prepare for the future.
Last spring the Vestry determined that St. Peter’s should embark on the process of developing a Strategic Plan. The clergy transition and several necessary distractions delayed our start, but your Vestry agrees that now is the time to begin this work.
I am thrilled to announce that our consultant for the St. Peter’s Strategic Planning Process is Andi Stevenson of Stevenson Wallace LLC. Andi has 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, specializing as a consultant, trainer and speaker, based in Charlotte and working nationally. Her 100+ consulting projects have supported a wide range of faith organizations, universities, historic properties, start-up charities, corporate foundations, and arts and culture organizations. Andi recently completed a strategic plan for Myers Park Baptist Church and, several years ago, consulted with the Choir School at St. Peter’s. Andi comes to us highly sought after and highly recommended. She has a tremendous amount of respect for our history and our uniqueness as a parish. Andi is the right partner for us as we envision our future together.
The Strategic Planning Team, made up of parishioners from a diversity of genders, ages, and backgrounds, will work with Andi to collect information from parish listening circles scheduled this fall. The Planning Team will not create a plan for the parish but will facilitate conversations. The entire parish will create this plan together. Stay tuned to the eNews and parish website for more information and to sign up for a listening circle.
Please plan to attend the St. Peter’s Strategic Planning Kick-off on Sunday, October 7th at 12:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. A free lunch will be served, and Andi will share more about this process.
Our Lord called St. Peter “the rock on which I will build my church.” We are the beneficiaries of a solid foundation laid by our forebearers. Now is the time to build on the foundation we have inherited and ensure that St. Peter’s continues to be a beacon of hope for years to come.
The Reverend Jacob E. Pierce, Priest-in-Charge