Vision Planning at CCDP: A Church at its Best
In October, we launched our vision planning exercise and have been pleased with the number of suggestions we have received about the hopes and dreams for CCDP. Check them out on the arrows posted on the compass in the Atrium.
The second opportunity to participate in CCDP's vision planning will take place in November and December and is called 'A Church at its Best'.
'A Church at its Best' is a facilitated conversation designed for all congregants to participate in CCDP's vision planning - 'Charting our Future with Christ.' Participants will imagine what a church at its best would be like, especially its core values, and will think practically about how CCDP could achieve that vision over the next five years. This discussion process is a very important building block in creating a vision and plan for the congregation. The session will last about 90 minutes and will be built around a short imaginative exercise and table group conversations.
We want to ensure that everyone who gathers for worship at CCDP has the opportunity to participate in this process, and so we have provided the following four sessions for you to choose from:
Sunday November 25th following the 10 a.m. service
Thursday November 29th from 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Sunday December 2nd following the 10 a.m. service
Tuesday December 4th from 7 - 8:30 p.m.
All sessions will be held in Elliott Hall and facilitated by our consultant, Paul MacLean.
It is important to know how many people are attending each session so that we can plan appropriately. Please pre-register by clicking on the following link.
If you want further information, please contact any member of the Parish Steering Team - Walter Blackwell, Andrew Campbell, William Jackson, Barbara Johnston, Carolyn Kearns, Su Laine Varkey, George Lewis, Jill MacRae, Cheryl Palmer, Andrew Peat, Melissa Walter, Andrew van Nostrand.
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.