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.
Read the Next Steps
Read the Vision Statement Elements
Read the CEA
Areas for Consideration in our SWOT Analysis
Read the SWOT Analysis
Explore the Options
Brian York (co-chairperson)
Jennifer Schwartz (chairperson)
Marlen Kemmet (co-chairperson)
Cathy Bellis (co-chairperson)
Carolyn Gunkel (co-chairperson)
Joe Emerson (co-chairperson)
Click below to view the results from the Five Year Plan Survey.
View the Survey Results
St. Boniface Catholic Church Five Year Plan
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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.
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.
Due to the sensitivity of parish financials, this info will not be shared online. For specific questions, please contact Cathy Bellis, St. Boniface Finance and Facilities Manager at the parish office
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.
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
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.
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.