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A Strategic Plan For the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches. “Bringing together Congregational Christian Churches for mutual care and outreach to our world in the name of Jesus Christ.” Scottsdale, Arizona 2011. Strategic Planning Team

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A Strategic Plan

For the

National Association of Congregational Christian Churches

“Bringing together Congregational Christian Churches

for mutual care and outreach to our world

in the name of Jesus Christ.”

Scottsdale, Arizona

2011

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Strategic Planning Team

Appointed by the NACCC Executive Committee

Current team members:

Bob Carlson

Beth Faeth

Michael Chittum

Cheryl Holmes

Jim Hopkins

Barbara Mullen

Jim Waechter, Chair

Former team members:

Neil Hunt

Mark Jensen

Arthur Voisin

Staff Liaisons:

John Carson

Betsey Mauro

Tom Richard

strategic plan development
Strategic Plan Development
  • 2009 – 2011 Regular meetings of the Strategic Planning Team (expenses paid by team members)
  • Annual Meeting, 2010
  • Initial Plan components presented to delegates at Anchorage annual meeting
  • Annual Meeting, 2010 Encourage-ment from delegates to continue developing plan
  • Fall, 2010 Team members refine strategic plan
  • February, 2011
  • Executive Committee unanimously recommends strategic plan
  • 2008 Executive Committee commissions Strategic Planning Team
communicating the plan
Communicating the Plan
  • Executive Committee
  • Discussed the plan at several meetings, offered feedback to the planning team
  • Accepted the proposed plan in February, 2011
  • NACCC Leadership Team
  • Invited to participate in two conference calls to discuss and question the plan in April, 2011
  • Regional and State Associations
  • Strategic Planning Team presented the plan to various regional and state association spring meetings
  • NACCC Website, All Church mailings
regional and state associations
Regional and State Associations
  • Central Michigan Association of Congregational Christian Churches
  • Fellowship of Connecticut Congregational Christian Churches
  • Iowa/Nebraska Association
  • Minnesota Fellowship of Congregationalists
  • Massachusetts Association of Congregational Christian Churches
  • New York – New Jersey Association of Congregational Christian Churches
  • Pacific Northwest Association of Congregational Christian Churches.
  • Southeastern Michigan Association of Congregational Churches
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Communicating the Plan
  • Executive Committee
  • Discussed the plan at several meetings, offered feedback to the planning team
  • Accepted the proposed plan in February, 2011
  • NACCC Leadership Team
  • Invited to participate in two conference calls to discuss and question the plan in April, 2011
  • Regional and State Associations
  • Strategic Planning Team presented the plan to various regional and state association spring meetings
  • Article in current “Congregationalist”
  • Plan posted on the NA website
  • Invitation to churches to view website via mailing
  • Plan emailed to distribution list; hard copy mailed upon request
  • NACCC Website, All Church mailings
plan components
Plan Components
  • Advisory Teams formed around the key functions of the NA: Growth, Vitality, Outreach
  • NACCC Mission: 
  • Bringing together Congregational Christian Churches for mutual care and outreach to our world in the name of Jesus Christ.
  • Essential services delivered to our churches utilizing the gifts and talents of local church members
  • A strengthened connection between the local church, regional associations and the NA through a Year Round Delegate
what will change
What will change?
  • Key functions will focus on churches
  • Advisory teams will be elected by delegates (first year appointed by Executive Committee)
  • Program and Project Teams will be formed to assist Advisory Teams with the work of each key function
  • One member from each Advisory team will serve on Executive Committee
  • Churches will have choice of approved consultants to deliver services
  • Churches will commission a Year-round Delegate (who may or may not be the same as the Annual Meeting delegate)
key questions
Key Questions

The current structure was meant as a temporary solution when it was written fifty years ago.

Why do we need to change anything?

We gain a focus on local Congregational Churches. We lose a focus on the maintenance of a national structure.

What do we lose? What do we gain?

  • The Transition Team will work
  • directly with the current Divisions
  • over the next year to fill in the
  • operating details.
  • Why aren’t there more details to the plan?
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Key Questions
  • What happens to CFTS? The Missionary Society, etc?
  • All these functions will continue under Church Vitality, Church Outreach, Church Growth.
  • Project and Program Teams will help the Advisory Team accomplish the work that needs to be accomplished.
  • How will the Advisory teams do the work of each key function?
  • Why now?

If not now, when is the right time?

what s next
What’s next?
  • Transition Team makes implementation report to 2012 Annual Meeting
  • Transition Team regularly reports to Executive Committee on progress
  • Transition Team works with the current Divisions and Commissions to implement plan
  • If approved, Executive Committee appoints a Transition Team
  • Scottsdale delegates vote on proposed plan