From the Office of Public Affairs of The Episcopal Church:

A newly named Strategic Planning Committee has already set to work, announcing that its first step will be to solicit opinions from throughout The Episcopal Church.

The Strategic Planning Committee was established by Executive Council in January 2009 to develop a strategic plan for The Episcopal Church Center and the Executive Council which addresses mission and ministry, growth, finance, challenges and opportunities, issues and concerns, and to map a way to address all these topics.

Gathering for a recent three-day retreat and meeting, the committee outlined goals, identified issues to be addressed in the strategic plan, and detailed steps in their process.

Clearly apparent throughout the three-day discussion was the desire and need to tap into the resources and knowledge of the church and to seek comments from all people and areas.

To do so, the Strategic Planning Committee developed a survey and encourages all Episcopalians to complete it.

Among the areas addressed in the survey are: evangelism; multicultural issues, worship, music, and liturgy; youth and young adults; mission; leadership; congregational development; church administration; stewardship; advocacy and social justice.

To access the survey: Click here or visit

The deadline to complete the survey is July 28, 2009. A draft of a Strategic Plan will be submitted to Executive Council by December 31, 2009.

Members of the Strategic Planning Committee are:

  • Bishop David Alvarez, Diocese of Puerto Rico and convener of the Strategic Planning Committee
  • Bonnie Anderson, President of the House of Deputies
  • The Rev Canon Timothy Anderson, Diocese of Nebraska and Executive Council member, chairperson
  • The Rev. Paige Blair, Diocese of San Diego
  • J. Richard Briscoe, Diocese of West Tennessee, vice-chairperson
  • Jack Finlaw, Diocese of Colorado
  • The Rev. Canon Anthony Guillen, Latino/Hispanic Ministries Program Officer
  • Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori
  • The Rev. Christopher Johnson, Jubilee Officer
  • Bryan Krislock, Diocese of Spokane and Executive Council member
  • Sarah Lawton, Diocese of California
  • Albert T. Mollegen, Diocese of Connecticut and Executive Council member
  • The Rev. Suzanne Watson, secretary


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