Past Planning Projects
Long Range Planning Committee:
In 1987, the Session asked George Nichols to be the Chairman of the Long Range Planning Committee (LRPC) for Central Presbyterian Church (CPC). In a final report in 1989, the Session wanted this committee to be a representative body of the congregation. The LRPC sought to gather information from the congregation, Pastor and Christian Education Director regarding programs, attitudes and priorities of the church. The LRPC also wanted a thorough investigation of the physical structure of the church. To successfully reach these goals, questionnaires were created, research on the building was done and interviews were conducted. After dissecting the information from the research, questionnaires and interviews, the LRPC deduced that four categories were needed.
- Personnel of CPC, such as staff, including the Minister, the Organist and the Christian Education Director
- Programs in the church should be categorized into committees and have certain responsibilities
- Facilities report, which would help the committee decide if the church should stay its location, move locations or combine with another local church
- Summary of the facilities report that provided information on the best location for the church
For the full report, click Long Range Plan 1989.
In 1997, the Mission Self-Study made a final report and addressed the concerns, such as decline in membership and lack of participation in the Christian Education Program with the church. The Mission Self-Study was led by three groups: the Mission Self-Study Steering Committee (One), the Mission Self-Study Committee and the Mission Self-Study Steering Committee (Two). Alan Pareis, the Interim Pastor of CPC at the time, led the whole project. The Mission Self-Study Steering Committee (One) was responsible for designing the process and made recommendations to the Session. The Mission Self-Study Committee gathered the theological data and conducted this study in December 1996, January 1996 and April of 1996. The Facilitation Team led the Self-Study committee with their work, along with leading the Congregational goal setting event on April 21, 1996. The Mission Self-Study Steering Committee (Two) prepared and formatted goals and objectives for the April 21, 1996, event and tracked the initial goal implementation.
For the full report, click Mission Self-Study 1997.
Visioning Task Force:
The Visioning Task Force was led by Interim Pastor Jerry Kuyk and began meeting on June 17, 2003. The Visioning Task Force sought to understand CPC’s identity and what is the church’s role in the community. In a final report, the Visioning Task Force emphasized that the Session is the decision-making body of the church; thus, instead of actually making decisions, the Visioning Task Force gathered information, analyzed it and made recommendations for action. One of first suggestions the Visioning Task Force made was a proposal for a new Mission/Vision Statement based off of information gathered. The Mission statement read:
“We are a community of believers called God to grow in the knowledge and teachings of Christ, to share the love of Christ with all, and to respond with compassion to the needs of our changing world.”
Along with this proposed Mission/Vision Statement, the Visioning Task Force also recommend four charges to the Session, where the Session would set goals for each charge. These four charges derived from the interviews the Visioning Task Force conducted.
- The Session should undertake reorganization of operations according to needs.
- The Session should establish a Church Identity and Communication committee.
- The Session should establish the Member Care and Development committee, which would not replace Deacons, but would be concerned with stewardship of human resources.
- The Session should determine the physical state of the building to put the relocation issue to rest.
For the full report, click Visioning Task Force Report.