Ministry Leader: Robert Quintana Hopkins
Strategic Plan Executive Summary 2016-2019
Created by the Board of Trustees and Representatives from the Congregation
June to August, 2016
The Board of Trustees for the East Bay Church of Religious Science, a Center for Spiritual Living, initiated a 3-year Strategic Planning Project in June, 2016 and completed the plan in August of 2016. The projected time frame for the strategic plan is 2017 through 2019. The Strategic Plan represents nearly 40 hours of highly participatory collaboration between the Board of Trustees and the Congregation (the planning team).
Setting the Foundation
Establishing the foundation of the plan, the planning team (Board and representatives from the congregation) engaged in visioning in order to discern the highest vision for East Bay Church of Religious Science.
To articulate East Bay Church of Religious Science’s organizational vision, the Board collaborated to create a vision statement — “We are an open and welcoming Spiritual Community embodying a consciousness of love and service that transforms the world.”
The Board agreed that East Bay Church’s mission statement continued to accurately represent the mission of the organization and did not need to be updated — “We are dedicated to the spiritual transformation of the entire planet. We are committed to being a point of empowerment, allowing Spirit to direct every thought, word, deed and action of personal transformation. Our purpose is to serve as a spiritual development center by making available the knowledge and practice of the Science of Mind to all people by fostering their spiritual, cultural and general well being. We provide facilities for public worship, education and fellowship.”
The planning team performed an environmental scan by examining key events that were affecting the church’s current reality. This included identifying the church’s history, conducting an internally focused current state analysis and identifying trends external to the organization that may be impacting the church. Completing an internal assessment and analyzing external trends allowed the planning team to identify and prioritize strengths and opportunities for the Church’s future direction.
The Practical Vision
The Board and congregation collaborated to create a shared vision of what they want to see in place in 3 years at East Bay Church as a result of their collective actions. The elements of the vision include:
- Vibrant, Loving Community
- Expansive, Overflowing Generosity
- Innovative, Cutting Edge Technology
- Dazzling, Inviting Spiritual Campus
- Infinitely Expanding Abundance
- Spiritually L.I.T. Youth (Living in Truth)
- Robust, Intentional Marketing Ministry
- Inspired, Visionary Leadership
Blocks to the Vision
After creating a shared vision, the group named the blocks that prevent the vision from becoming a reality.
- Ineffective and Non-transparent Internal and External Communication Impairs Our Credibility and Relation-ships
- Insular and Exclusive Mindset Obstructs Creation of Deepened Authentic Relationships and Community
- Outdated, Restrictive Practices Prevent Progress and Innovation
- Disempowering, Disengaging Behaviors and Attitudes Undermine Initiative, Engagement and Community
- Inconsistent Disaligned Application of Spiritual Principles Blocks Trust, Evolution, Unity, Potentiality and Prosperity
- Unreconciled Fear of, and Resistance to, Change Results in Diminished Possibilities
- Poverty Consciousness Results in Poor Financial Governance and Perception of Lack and Limitation
- Unchecked, Autocratic Leadership Weakens Governance and Community
Three strategies were identified to deal with the blocks and move the organization toward the practical vision.
- Enhancing and Expanding Participatory Leadership
- Investing in and Supporting Spiritual Consciousness and Application
- Promoting and Empowering Conscious Community
The three strategies will guide the Church’s activities for the 2017, 2018 and 2019 time frame. Each year the planning team co-creates an action plan with specific, measurable accomplishments related to each strategy. The action plan is created in a calendar format and organized by quarters.
Action teams are created to execute the action plan. Action teams meet regularly to monitor progress and report accomplishments and challenges to the Board. While the entire congregation owns the plan, the Board oversees the plan and ensures resources are provided and any obstacles or barriers are removed so that each action team is successful.
Each ministry at the church is expected to align their work to support the realization of the vision articulated in this plan.