A Plan for Our Future

Five Year Plan · 2015-2020

Just as a home builder uses a blueprint to construct a dwelling, this document serves as the blueprint from which we are “building” our five-year plan. This draft (draft 2) was reworked and edited as the five-year plan committee updated the different areas within the document. Draft 1, the basic outline, was created in September of 2014 and shared with the Parish Council and Finance Committee. Click here for draft 1. A five-year plan committee was formed in late September 2014 and met on a monthly basis researching and reporting on the different segments of the plan. The plan was shared with the Parish Council, Finance Committee, and church staff on March 12, 2015. In early May, the five-year plan survey was opened for all parishioners input. The survey as shared online and in paper form. The survey was announced using numerous e-mail, bulletin, Facebook, and pulpit notices.

Overview

In March 2015 meetings were held with the Five-Year Plan Committee, Father, the Parish Council, and Finance Committee. The purpose of these meeting was to share the findings of the Five-Year Plan Committee. The second part of these meetings the groups reviewed the Concerns and Options portion of the plan, and determined a consensus of which options were most favorable for the listed top-level concerns. Then, the study was be shared with parishioners as an online survey to get their feedback as well.
 
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These goals, assumptions, and ingredients of a vibrant parish community have been accepted by the Pastoral Council and Fr. Vince Rosonke. After conversations and comments with church members, this final draft was approved. It is the working document from which parish direction, goals, and programs will continue to be developed.
 
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The current environment analysis (CEA) is a quantitative study of the people, facilities, growth, and finances of the parish as it exists today. Information was gathered by the sub-committees from November of 2014 through February 2015. Included in the CEA are the demographics and trends of recent years to give us a better idea of growth, which in turn will give us a better idea of the future needs of St. Boniface. An integral part of the CEA is the creation of top-level concerns facing the parish as well as options for the possible solutions to these concerns. Please note that the options presented are all the ideas submitted to the Five-Year Plan committee and are merely a compilation of suggestions.
 
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The situation analysis is an opinion-based survey of our parish’s current position. A situation analysis is also referred to as SWOT analysis for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats. The intent of the SWOT analysis is to be clear and realistic about perceptions of our parishioners regarding our current ministry, market, opportunities, and the challenges to create a clear path from our current position to our desired situation.
 
Areas for Consideration in our SWOT Analysis
Parish Makeup
Parish Culture
Organizational Structure
Operational Capacity
Operational Efficiency
Financial Resources
 
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The goals and objectives created from this study will need clearly defined strategies to achieve St. Boniface’s future status from the selected options from the Concerns and Options section of the study. The goals will need to be (SMART) Specific, Measurable, Action oriented, Realistic and Time bound strategies that achieve the goals and visions of our parish.
 
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Once the first seven sections of our five-year plan have been created, tasks will be created to prioritize and implement the agreed-upon Goals and Objectives (Section 7). The implementation strategy will pull all the
 plan pieces together to ensure collectively there are no missing pieces and that the plan 
is feasible. As a part of the implementation strategy, accountability measures will be put in place to ensure a timely implementation.
During the implementation of our Five Year Plan, it will be critical to monitor the success and challenges of planning assumptions and implementations. When evaluating the successes of our plan, we must look objectively at the measurement criteria defined in Section 7, Goals and Objectives. It may be necessary to revise the plan and its 
assumptions if elements of the plan are off track.
The development of a core team of St. Boniface leaders was essential in the effective creation of a five-year plan. Committee members were chosen to represent key areas of the church and to ensure the plan has broad input and buy-in. The committee, formed in October of 2014, met monthly with clearly defined objectives. To focus on the different areas where analysis was needed, the committee broke down into the sub-committees.
 
Demographics of Parishioners
Brian York (co-chairperson)
Rosemary Perschau
Brian Barry
Mark Lyons
Demographics of Area
Jennifer Schwartz (chairperson)
Nick Gruber
Mark Good
Facilities
Marlen Kemmet (co-chairperson)
Mike Broshous
Luther Philpott
Jim Simmons

 
Finances
Cathy Bellis (co-chairperson)
Michael Kuehn
John Mickey
Angie Wagner
Growth of Surrounding Areas
Carolyn Gunkel (co-chairperson)
Joe Emerson (co-chairperson)
Tim Barry

Click below to view the results from the Five Year Plan Survey.


View the Survey Results

View the document that guides us into future.


View the Final Version

St. Boniface Catholic Church Five Year Plan

Communications Strategy

In August of 2015 the Five Year Plan committee met and reviewed the findings of the Five Year Plan survey and prioritized the suggestions made to each stated concern. Then, the findings and priorities were shared with the Pastor Council, Finance Committee, and office staff for their review. Currently we are working on the Goals and Implementation portion of the Five Year Plan.

Individual e-mails with comments, suggestions, and criticisms should be sent to mkemmet@stbonifacechurch.org. Or, parishioners can meet individually with Marlen Kemmet at the parish offices. Since the plan is a program in the works, all ideas for its improvement are welcomed.

Vision Statement

Helping each other in our parish to live out our Christ-like values in everyday life.
Primary effect of religion and religious practice has to be spirituality of lifestyle…it has to affect the way we live and the choices we make.
Building a community of support to nurture those values and spirituality.
Engender ownership of our common spiritual journey.
Each person is called to make a unique and irreplaceable contribution to the mission of God’s love through the ministry of Jesus Christ.
Organized mainstream religion, in and of itself, is carrying less weight with more and more people. Even though organized mainstream religion is often less vibrant, there is a resurgence of interest in spirituality and lifestyle issues.
Catholic doctrine and tenents are less and less understood by many people and therefore seem less important to them.
We have significantly less catholic church loyalty. There was a day when ‘once a Catholic, always a Catholic’. It is no longer true. That loyalty needs to be earned, not assumed.
Issues significant to the organizational church have much less uniform adherence in the Catholic population, i.e.: birth control, abortion, who should minister or be ordained, other sexual issues, etc.
Articulate important, usable ways to enhance christian lifestyle in daily life. Members feel there is a unique reason to belong.
Form adults and children in a way that they can contribute to the ongoing life of the faith community and society…and can be leaders in making that happen.
Enhance personal and communal spirituality that makes the life and faith connection.
Work toward ownership of the common vision and our choice to belong…not just to an ‘organizational church’, but in a way that brings out and expects our contribution to the life of the parish…do not expect so little that the St. Boniface faith community has few expectations, communal values, or joint vision.
Participation, involvement and presence in the liturgy and life of the church are key to ownership.
The message of faith and christian life is not fully experienced ‘top-down’, but shared person to person.
An important element of increasing spirituality of lifestyle is by advancing ways that members of the parish can get together in smaller communities.

Current Environment Analysis

In March 2015, a meeting will be held with the Five-Year Plan Committee, Father, the Parish Council, and Finance Committee. The purpose of this meeting will be to share the findings of the Five-Year Plan Committee. The second part of this meeting will be to review the Concerns and Options portion of the plan, and determine a consensus of which options are most favorable for the listed top-level concerns. After this meeting, the study will be shared with parishioners to get their feedback as well. In addition, a town-hall style meeting will be scheduled and open to all parishioners for their input. This meeting will probably take place in late March or early April.

Individual e-mails with comments, suggestions, and criticisms should be sent to Marlen Kemmet. Or, parishioners can meet individually with Marlen with concerns at the parish offices. Since the plan is a document in the works, all ideas for its improvement are welcomed.

Concerns & Options

Analysis of data and trends as outlined above were used to inform us of where we are and where we are moving as a parish. Our top-level concerns and their options to consider will determine the plan to move us forward. Listed below are the major concerns and options identified by the Five-Year Plan committee. Please note, at this point we are not recommending solutions, but rather listing options to consider to solve the noted concerns. An effort has been made to list the most pressing concerns at the top moving down to less critical concerns at the bottom.

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Situation Analysis

The situation analysis is an opinion-based survey of our parish’s current position. A situation analysis is also referred to as SWOT analysis for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats.

The intent of the SWOT analysis is to be clear and realistic about perceptions of our parishioners regarding our current ministry, market, opportunities, and the challenges to create a clear path from our current position to our desired situation.

Areas for Consideration in our SWOT Analysis

Parish Makeup

Parish Culture

Organizational Structure

Operational Capacity

Operational Efficiency

Financial Resources

 

View SWOT Analysis

Goals & Objectives

The goals and objectives created from this study will need clearly defined strategies to achieve St. Boniface’s future status from the selected options from the Concerns and Options section of the study. The goals will need to be (SMART) Specific, Measurable, Action oriented, Realistic and Time bound strategies that achieve the goals and visions of our parish.

Implementation Strategy

Once the first seven sections of our five-year plan have been created, tasks will be created to prioritize and implement the agreed-upon Goals and Objectives (Section 7). The implementation strategy will pull all the
 plan pieces together to ensure collectively there are no missing pieces and that the plan 
is feasible. As a part of the implementation strategy, accountability measures will be put in place to ensure a timely implementation.

Monitoring & Evaluation

During the implementation of our five-year plan, it will be critical to monitor the success and challenges of planning assumptions and implementations. When evaluating the successes of our plan, we must look objectively at the measurement criteria defined in Section 7, Goals and Objectives. It may be necessary to revise the plan and its 
assumptions if elements of the plan are off track.