Refreshing the Vision
Creating a New Long-Range Plan
for Fourth Presbyterian Church


Background

In 1998, the congregation of Fourth Presbyterian Church put together a long-range plan, one that addressed essentially all aspects of Fourth Church’s goals and aspirations, including congregational in-reach programming, mission outreach, worship, education, and music. While ten years later our mission remained the same, much had changed. Notably, our congregation had experienced tremendous growth and turnover. And the city around us has changed, too.

Thus in 2008, Fourth Church undertook the development of a new long-range plan. With the assistance of consultants from LatzBruni, a local consulting firm specializing in working with religious and other nonprofit organizations, the Session as approved an approach called “Refreshing the Vision.” In this process, Fourth Church reviewed its current programs and activities and established goals and aspirations for where we, as a congregation, would like to be in the next ten years.

This process began in early October 2008 with a series of vision sessions among clergy, staff, and officers. Throughout the fall and into the early part of next year, task teams composed of a broad cross-section of the congregation met to brainstorm about the future. The results of these meetings were augmented with one-on-one interviews and a congregational survey, and members were invited to contribute comments and ideas.

In April 2009, a new long-range plan was presented to the Boards for approval. Out of that plan grew Project Second Century: Called to Love and Serve, a bold initiative to faciliate the expansion of programming at Fourth Presbyterian Church.


Final Report to the Congregation
(April 2009)

Congregational Survey Results (April 2009)