Strategic Plan

The Strategic Plan being a document used by St. Stephen Episcopal Church to communicate with Organizations, Committees and Outreaches the Church’s goals and actions needed to achieve those goals and all of other critical elements developed during the planning exercise is outlined according the goals and activities to be carried out by the Vestry, Organizations and Committees.

The Vestry Activities

  1. Establish a general reward system like Launching an “I am an Active Member” campaign, with stickers, pins etc.
  2. Establish a hotline for members to get in touch with the church in the case of any eventuality
  3. Publish a parish directory (include photos and ads to raise funds)
  4. Develop web presence for SSEC website, social networking, etc.
  5. Developing a way of awarding/appreciating active members for each quarter of the year by annually planning and executing honoring program with the involvement of representatives of the different organizations/ committees
  6. Improve on visitation of parishioners not seen for a long time. This is to be extended to include representatives of each organization.
  7. The church will help to strengthen a strong GFS by purchasing more working materials.
  8. Hospitality to visitors (get visitors information, make follow-ups with phone calls etc.
  9. Establish track ministry (with pertinent info on the church and its activities)
  10. Newspaper outreach (beginning in Observer and Parrot)
  11. Establish children ministry
  12. Establish Children choir
  13. Establish an elementary school
  14. Organize a Convocation of Sunday School students and parents (annually)
  15. To identify with the most needy and sick and shut-in:
  16. Run a targeted stewardship drive-targeting particular members of the church
  17. Upgrade facilities (parish hall & library) to be used for conferences
  18. Establish an animal husbandry farm &other agricultural projects
  19. Real estate investment- develop 9th street land
  20. Invest into our music program; est. a music sch.
  21. Partnership with some charitable organizations in Liberia & the Diaspora to improve our sponsorship.
  22. Conduct teachings & encourage on giving (tithe, pledge, offering etc.) for children and parents of both St. Stephen & Old road Outreach; where necessary, print tithe and pledge books
  23. Regular financial update:
  24. St. Stephen Patronal Feast Day
  25. St. Stephen mini store
  26. Establish a counseling ministry (part of which will be a radio counseling program)
  27. Adult Literacy Program
  28. Free medical evaluation
  29. To strengthen the evangelism team by representatives of each organization.

Organization  Goals & Activities

Acolyte Guild
Goals
1. To increase Active Membership
2. To recruit new Members
Activities
1. Organize Retreats annually for teaching purpose
2. Improve Acolyte Year End Fellowship financially & morally
3. Recognize hard working acolyte
4. Improve on the number of trainer ( at least two)
5. Provide breakfast for acolytes who attend both services
6. By supporting the plans of the Evangelism Committee

Altar Guild
Goals
1. To increase Active Membership
2. To recruit new members
3. To expand & increase the scope of Evangelism
Activities
1. Conduct regular teaching programs with the use of the church bulletins, workshops, and retreats
2. Evaluate members quarterly
3. Organize and carry out parish recognition program once a year. At this time, active members will be recognized based on certain criteria
4. Each member brings one person
5. Visitation of parishioners and their relatives who are sick or bereaved.

Choir
Goals
1. To increase Active membership
2. Double Financial intake
3. To expand & increase the scope of evangelism
Activities
1. Visitation to old and new Choristers, it includes bereaved, sick and evangelism
2. Retreat and workshop/Refresher
3. Annual serenade and fellowship
4. Combined song service
5. Combined Christmas Cantata
6. Combined concert

Girls Friendly Society (GFS)
Goals
1. To Increase Active membership(Each 1 Bring 1)
2. Double Financial Intake
3. To expand & increase the scope of evangelism
Activities
1. Hire a permanent teacher to teach the girls regularly, 50. 00 Monthly
2.To categorize the girls in three groups based on age range (7-11), (12-17) and (18-25).
Purchase more working materials
         -oven (1)
         -sewing machine (1)
         -Sewing kit (1)
         – others
3. Institute Career Day Program to include parishioners and community members in a Sunday service
4. Clean up campaigns at parishioners’ homes
5. Effect sponsors’ contribution  annually
6. Sale of cookie and soft drinks on every Sunday plus others
7. Produce and sell greeting cards (Christmas, New Year, Thanksgiving etc)
8. Institute Career Day Program to include parishioners and community members in a Sunday service
9. Organize different dramas depicting different situations (ills) in church and society at large
10. Organize sets of uniforms for the GFS for use at different occasions

Sunday School
Goals
1. To increase Active membership by 20% annually
2. Each 1 Bring 1
Activities
1. Regular training program for teachers followed by specific responsibilities
2. Organize a curriculum that would serve as a guide to both teachers and students
3. Children’s participation in regular services geared toward encouraging parents participation e.g., 5th Sunday
4. Create database to include the name of children, their parents and contact etc
5. Sunday School will then effect the each one brings one program
6. Community Site seeing program
7. Refreshment on every fifth Sunday for children

SSECM
Goals
1. To increase active Membership
2. Double Financial Intake
3. To expand & increase the scope of Evangelism
Activities
1. SSECM regular retreat that will educate men on their role in Christ Church, at least twice
2. Regular visitation to members
3. Evangelism-each one brings one
4. Community Fellowship (the church’s vicinity) at least 3 times a year
5. Recognition/Honoring Program (Nov. 29)
6. Annual Men’s Walk
7. Encourage and improve on Bible study-eventually take control

SSECW
Activities
1. Reactivate Welfare program visit inactive members, sick bereaved etc
2. Each one brings one
3. Honoring program (each woman is painted by her husband) on a Sunday

Usher Guild
Goals
  1. To increase Active Membership annually
  2. Double financial intake
  3. To expand & increase scope of evangelism
Activities
1. Each member brings one member drive
2. Gospel tract distribution by our department combined with St. Stephen Youth’s Shop Gallery
3. Encourage on due payment
4. Annual bake sales, October each year
5. Produce statistics of number of lost soul won within a period, each month
6. Public evangelistic campaign, door to door, etc.

Youth
Goal
1. To increase Active membership
2. To Recruit new members
3. Double Financial intake
Activities
1. Improve on the youth data base to encourage non active members
2. Constituting a proactive Welfare group
3. To respond to the Evangelistic training programs
4. Organize and carry out community evangelism at least twice a year, 12th, 20th, & 24th Streets
5. Annual Youth Week
6. Regular Youth Due Payment
7. St. Stephen Youth’s Shop Gallery
8. Youth Retreat
9. Each one brings one

Committee Goals &  Activities

Building & Grounds
Goal
Double Financial intake in one year and subsequently increase at least by 25% annually
Activities
1. Upgrade Church Facilities such as :
       a.The parish hall
       b.The library to be used for conferences
2. General Maintenance 

Evangelism
Goals
1. To increase Active Membership
2. To Recruit new Members
3. To expand & increase the scope of evangelism
Activities
1. The formation of a Pastoral Visitation Team
2. Regular visitation and calls to absent members
3. All new members to do an interview while attending the New Membership Classes
4. Workshop/Trainings on “Discovering your Spiritual Gifts/ Talents”
5. One-on-One Disciple making seminar with a cross section of the church’s organizations
6. Special lectures series with Biblical backing that addresses relevant felt needs
7. Easter & Christmas Seasons, Evangelism outreach between 11th and 9th streets
8. A designated Sunday for interaction, after worship service, with the unchurched and non-members around snacks
9. Special services, apart from the Sundays Liturgical Services, only for Worship and Praise
10. Strengthen prayer Ministry
11. Establish a Hospital Ministry
12. Establish a Prison Ministry
13. Produce a statistic of number of lost soul won within a period, each month
14. An Evangelism Committee leadership workshop
15. Designated Evangelism Committee representatives in each church organization
16. One -0n-one Disciple making Seminar with a cross section of the church’s organizations
17. Train an active Evangelism work force of at least 30 members
18. Evangelism and Discipleship Training for the church

Media & Publicity

Goals
1. To Increase Active Membership by 20% annually
2. To recruit new Members
Activities
1. Regular group text messaging to members
2.Develop web presence for SSEC website, social networking, etc
3.Newspaper outreach (beginning in Observer and Parrot)
4.By supporting the plans of the Evangelism Committee

Medical Evangelism
Goal
1. To expand and Increase the Scope of Evangelism
Activities
1.Free medical evaluation

Membership Committee
Goal
1. To increase Active Membership by 20%
Activities
1. Establish a general reward system like Launching an “I am an Active Member” campaign, with stickers, pins etc
2. Publish a parish directory (include photos and ads to raise funds)
3. Developing a way of awarding/appreciating active members for each quarter of the year by annually planning and  executing honoring program with the involvement of representatives of the different organizations/ committees

Scholarship Committee
Goals
1. To increase Active Membership by 20%
2. Double Financial intake in one year and Subsequently increase at Least by 25% Annually
Activities
1. Payment to beneficiaries should be on time; regular financial records showing contributions and balances; Scholarship beneficiaries must be active members of the church in any one of the organizations
2. Organize Annually Scholarship Day to honor students and donors and raise funds for the regular operation (When at least raise US1500)
3. Target other parishioners in the church to serve as sponsors (When at least US1000 is raised from this exercise)
4. A thank you letter from students to donors

Stewardship Committee
Goal
1. Double Financial intake in one year and subsequently increase at least by 25% annually
Activities
1. Run a targeted stewardship drive-targeting particular members of the church
2. Partnership with some charitable organizations in Liberia & the Diaspora to improve our sponsorship, Welfare programs& others
3. Conduct teachings & encourage on giving (tithe, pledge, offering etc) for children and parents of both St. Stephen & Old road Outreach; where necessary, print tithe and pledge books

Welfare committee
Goals
1. To increase Active Membership
2. To Recruit new members
3. To expand & increase the scope of Evangelism
Activities
1. Recruit and replace 3 inactive members
2.Production of brochures to create awareness on the welfare committee the church etc-quarterly
3. Strengthen the welfare ministry(increase interventions)
4. Improve on the Sick and shut-in service.

Outreach Goals & Activities

Old Road Outreach
Goals
1. To increase Active Membership
2. Double Financial intake
3. To expand & increase the scope of evangelism
Activities
1.Developing database of all registered members
2.All new members to do an interview while attending the new membership classes
3. Visitation and calls to absent members
4. Regular weekly Bible studies and Prayer meetings
5. Workshop/Training on “Discovering your spiritual Gifts/Talents”
6. To purchase a church land through
       a.Easter Musical Concert
       b.Christmas Musical Concert
       c.printing a 2013 calendar for fund raising
      d.Every last Sunday-special land offering
      e.10% of any money raised in the church by any organization goes towards the purchase of the land
7. Second Sundays special services for the unreached and non-members
8. Using comment-response cards to track and follow-up all visitors
9. 2nd Sundays interaction, after worship service, with the unreached and no –members around snacks
10. Having invited speakers speak on motivational , life changing topics at the Sunday services
11. Three to four days of evangelism outreach during the Easter and Christmas seasons