A Note from The Rev. Dr. Mark Barwick,
Chair of the Strategic Plan Committee
Strategic Plan Committee Enters the Homestretch
In horse racing, you enter the homestretch after you make the final turn and have the finish line in view. After some intensive efforts in June, members of the Strategic Plan Committee feel that they too have turned a corner and have made good progress toward fulfilling their mandate.
The committee has taken seriously the ideas and opinions that have emerged from many sources, including the small group sessions at the 2016 Convention. We have also been careful to consult with a range of individuals who have meaningfully contributed to the shaping of the plan. Interviews are still ongoing and continue to bring new insights on the future direction of the Convocation.
On June 6th, we met with the clergy of the Convocation at Baden-Baden for a lively discussion. We are grateful this important and fruitful session.
Of course, every idea that has been raised will not find its way into the actual text of the Strategic Plan; however, we are collecting these ideas in a common document that will be presented to the Council and to the new Bishop for their considered attention. No comment will be lost – and we understand that this is a long process.
The draft Strategic Plan was presented to the Council of Advice at its September 7-9 meeting. The Council approved the Strategic Plan with a few small changes.
The Strategic Plan will be presented to the Convocation at the Convocation Convention, October 19-22, 2017, in Wiesbaden.
Members of Strategic Plan Committee:
The Rev Dr Mark Barwick (chairperson), All Saints’, Waterloo /Christ Church, Charleroi; Dr Yvonne Cockcroft, Ascension, Munich;The Rev Canon Michael Hunn, Canon to the Presiding Bishop, New York; Mr Ian Ssali Kiggundu, St Paul’s, Rome; The Very Rev Lucinda Laird, The American Cathedral in Paris; Ms Helena Mbele-Mbong, Emmanuel, Geneva; The Rev Steven Smith, Ascension, Munich; The Rev Robert J. Warren, Christ Church, Clermont Ferrand