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1 Statement of WHY, Mission, Vision, Core Values, Strategic Areas of Focus and Preliminary Strategic Goals ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Where there is no vision, the people will perish Bill Marianes April, 2016 Copyright Proverbs 29:18

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3 SJTD Strengths 1. Clergy staff and council leadership 2. Diversity of Parishioners and multigenerational Parish 3. Outreach (external) & Ministries (in reach) 4. Use of Technology 6. Philoxenia (sense of hospitality and welcoming) 7. Historic Orthodox Faith (belief system) 8. Financial well-being of the Parish 5. Strong sense of family, tradition and culture

4 SJTD Weaknesses 1. Lack of volunteer engagement, organization and participation with ministries 2. Greek language and cultural barriers 3. Lack of engagement in church services 4. Insufficient newcomer experience 5. Lack of understanding and education of Orthodoxy 6. Lack of young adult participation 7. Ministry transparency, accountability and effectiveness 8. Facilities

5 SJTD Opportunities 1. Orthodoxy is the authentic original church 2. Expand/enhance the use of Technology 3. Growing number of unchurched resulting in opportunity to evangelize 4. Community service opportunities 5. Opportunities with both Orthodox and Non- Orthodox (programs and leverage best practices)

6 SJTD Threats 1. Mega Churches ( mega is more - entertaining, inclusive, accessible, focus on family, communicate 2. Orthodoxy less known, more complicated and more disciplined 4. Secularism 5. Competing priorities 6. High tech is low touch 3. Ethnicity can be perceived as exclusionary (ethnic is less)

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8 SJTD Statement of WHY? St. John The Divine welcomes all people seeking LOVE, PEACE, SALVATION and TRUTH

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10 SJTD Mission Statement The Mission of St. John The Divine is to proclaim the Holy Gospel by teaching and spreading the Orthodox Christian Faith in a dynamic and welcoming community devoted to serving all people who seek a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.

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12 SJTD Vision Statement St. John the Divine will be a SPARK that proclaims and witnesses the Good News of Jesus Christ and the Orthodox Church by: Serving, Praying, Accepting, Relating, Knowing.

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14 SJTD Core Values Christ-centered Love Acceptance, inclusion and mutual respect Education Service Growth Fellowship Stewardship Orthodox Integrity, accountability and transparency Positive messaging Accessibility The Church Family Evangelism Relevant Invest and empower Youth

15 SJTD STRATEGIC TASK FORCES

16 Strategic Areas of Focus 1. Education 2. Engagement- Accessibility 3. Ministries 4. Outreach and Evangelism 5. Stewardship and Finance 6. Technology and Communications 7. Youth and Young Adults

17 Education Goal Ideas 1. Divine Liturgy and Liturgical knowledge education (Fr Nick TED-like talks) 2. Small groups 3. Evaluate and develop best practices current educational Sunday School programs 4. Adult religious education

18 Engagement and Accessibility Goal Ideas 1. Digital and hard copy age appropriate liturgical guide 2. Evaluate and enhance newcomer experience 3. Congregational Singing 4. Assess and improve the Sunday experience 5. Mother and Family experience 6. Language accessibility 7. Assess and address barriers to active participation in the life of the church 8. Membership recruitment and retention strategies

19 Ministries Goal Ideas 1. Ministry evaluation and performance improvement plan 2. Identify unmet ministry needs 3. Ministry Leadership and development 4. Ministry engagement 5. Ministry facilities plan 6. Ministry performance criteria and metrics

20 Outreach and Evangelism Goal Ideas 1. Use festival as Outreach tool 2. Broadcast and media strategy 3. Develop Jacksonville Outreach programs (in addition to the homeless) 4. Military outreach strategy 5. Global outreach and philanthropy strategy

21 Stewardship and Finance Goal Ideas 1. Stewardship education and improvement 2. Increase revenues from church sponsored events 3. Endowment and planned giving 4. Educated and promote Tithing and percentage giving 5. Financial needs assessment and development strategy 6. Minimize third party debt 7. Youth stewardship program 8. Volunteer resource matching

22 Technology and Communications Goal Ideas 1. Full time technology development focus 2. Update AV and video experience at the Parish 3. Assess and implement best practices electronic and non electronic strategies (e.g., enhanced website, portal and social media plan) 4. Best means of Communication

23 Youth and Young Adults Goal Ideas 1. Orthodox home family program 2. Youth program enhancement and growth 3. Youth and Young Adult Leadership training program 4. Couples, Marriage and Young Marrieds/Families Ministry and mentoring 5. Singles ministry 6. College mentoring and connection program

24 You have now been called as one of the 70 Disciples Luke 10:1

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