Strategic Vision Plan

In 2017, the Strategic Vision Team (SVT) guided our congregation through a 3-step strategic visioning process. The process included:


Discovering our ministry strengths/weaknesses, our assets/gifts and our member/community partners. Along with the Community Ministry Grant Initiative team (CMGI) the information was collected, reviewed, and summarized to describe our uniqueness and define our current reality. The series of reports provided information about our:

  • purpose, values, core beliefs, and key words and phrases that describe us.
  • congregation’s history, including milestone moments and past challenges and opportunities.
  • learnings based on Leadership surveys.
  • SCORE Card that lists our strengths, challenges, opportunities, results and expectations.
  • learnings from the Church Vitality Audit.
  • local demographics and community trends.
  • learnings based on interviews with community leaders.

The discovery process was a time of deep listening and learning involving continual conversation with staff, surveying leaders and ministry partners, in-depth conversation with members, researching our past, researching current ELCA trends, gaining an understanding of current staffing trends, and facilitating open congregational forums.


Discerning a preferred future that aligns with our holy purpose and helps us live more deeply into our core values.  This focused on understanding how to leverage our assets, actions, and conversations with our purpose, passions and strengths as RLC moves into its next chapter of ministry. The discernment process included:

  • hosting a Strategic Visioning Retreat
  • providing continual updates to the council and congregation
  • providing forum and feedback sessions in the months of August and September

The discerning process helped us to determine what to say “yes” and “no” to in the near future.  It also helped us determine where there are gaps in resources and ministry partners so we can focus our efforts on what matters related to fulfilling our church’s mission during the next 3-5 years.


Designing a ministry road map that lists specific goals, strategies, and action steps for living into our preferred future. The road map lists missional priorities for seven areas of ministry along with who is responsible for each goal, strategy, and action step.

We celebrate the work of the Spirit and the many strengths of the disciples of RLC. We will continue to build upon our strengths for the good of others. The discovery work we’ve done so far is providing clarity about where we invest our time, talents and passion now and into the future.

The ministry road map