Natural Church Development (NCD)
Natural Church Development is a proven, evidence-based method to help churches measure and shape their ministry and parish life to improve overall health. Over half of the Diocese - 120 parishes - have taken the survey and engaged the process. Working with a Diocesan coach, CCDP took the NCD survey in November. We are excited to share the results with the parish. Click links below:
Our annual meeting, called the Vestry, is held once a year on a Sunday in February. Here we conduct the essential business of the congregation including approving the audited financial statements for the previous calendar year, appointing the auditor, and approving the annual operating budget. Written reports from our various staff and volunteer ministries are circulated in advance of the meeting.
2016 Vestry Report
Four times a year we get together as a community to learn about and discuss important issues or themes such as budgeting and financial reporting, or how to be more engaged in parish life. We call these meetings parish forums and everyone is welcome to attend. The forums began in 2010 as a way for parishioners to be informed and involved, and as a means to provide input to the management team. Parish forums are usually held on Sundays after the 10 am service, and meetings typically run from 11:30 am to 12:45 pm with refreshments or a light lunch and daycare available.
In The Works
Beginning in 2012, we held several parish forums to talk about how we could make our wonderful community even more vital and alive — from the bottom up, not the top down. With characteristic generosity, the parish responded and people formed several self-organizing working groups under the umbrella, In the Works, such as,
- Developing Spiritual Practices
- Opening Our Sacred Space; and
- Discerning Our Gifts for Lay Ministry
Our parish also established an Allocations Committee as part of In the Works, to receive proposals from individual parishioners or groups, and to make funding recommendations to the management team.
As a result of our meetings and deliberations, many creative and valuable initiatives emerged and are continuing to evolve. These include the establishment of our congregational care team; a workshop introducing parishioners to the labyrinth; the Deer Park Skills Institute; "Let Our Lights Shine"; and the contemplative knitting circle. Please check WHAT'S HAPPENING? for details as more creative ideas take shape.