On October 25th at 9am we gathered digitally for congregational meeting to vote on beginning the Mission Campaign.
Voting Results And Next Steps
The meeting was attended by users on 159 devices, and 202 votes were cast following the meeting (as of 3:00pm on October 25th). Our quorum was 135 voting members. The votes broke down as follows:
- 88% in favor (177 votes)
- 12% opposed (25 votes)
In light of this, we will take the next few months to do several things:
- Reconnect with families who expressed an interest in supporting the campaign with lead gifts,
- Convene a campaign steering committee,
- Develop campaign materials,
- Solicit initial gifts, and
- Prepare to formally kick off the campaign in January 2021.
Through all of these, we will stay aligned with the strategic planning process that is currently in development by our Strategic Planning Committee. Thank you for attending and casting your vote.
Before the meeting
In preparation for the meeting we invite you to be informed about the proposed mission campaign. Read Pastor Craig Ross’ letter from the October Herald Newsletter. Scroll down on this page and take a look at the executive summary of the St. Peter’s Feasibility Study. Our consultants from Kirby-Smith Associates reviewed the study during a March 31st webinar, which is also available below. Our Mission Campaign Committee has also put together the following Frequently Asked Questions.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Do I have to “attend” both the 10/25 and the 11/8 meetings?
- Yes! The purpose of the 10/25 meeting is to approve the launch of the mission campaign, while the purpose of the 11/8 meeting is to conduct our annual congregational meeting and approve our budget.
- Didn’t we already approve the campaign?
- Our Congregation Council approved hiring Kirby-Smith Associates to conduct a feasibility study. We reported on the positive results and recommendation to move forward, but COVID delayed our original plans to seek congregational approval to commence the mission campaign.
- Can both people in my house vote at the 10/25 meeting?
- Yes, and every congregational member in your household should vote! We will explain the voting process at the 10/25 meeting.
- Should I vote in support of the mission campaign, if I am not able to contribute?
- Yes, if the Holy Spirit calls you to support these efforts, regardless of your ability to give financially, we hope you will vote “yes.” Our gifts are not limited to “treasure.” Your time and talent may be equally helpful in advancing the mission campaign. This is an exciting moment in St. Peter’s history, as we see this mission campaign providing us the resources to expand our ministry, and we want everyone to feel engaged!
- If approved, what will be the campaign timeline?
- The campaign will extend over three years, meaning that individuals can make gifts at any time during that three-year period. If/when the congregation approves the campaign, we will take the next few months to do several things: 1) reconnect with families who expressed an interest in supporting the campaign with lead gifts, 2) convene a campaign steering committee, 3) develop campaign materials, 4) solicit initial gifts, and 5) prepare to formally kick off the campaign in January 2021.
- What is the campaign goal?
- We have not set a definitive goal at this time. Based on the results of the feasibility study, we hope to secure funds in excess of $1,250,000.
- How does the work of the Strategic Planning Committee fit into the campaign?
- These two processes are absolutely intertwined. The strategic planning committee has been at work for the last several months and remains on target to present its plan to Congregation Council in January 2021. The final strategic plan will inform the missional components of the campaign, in particular, and the final financial target for the campaign.
- May I make a campaign gift before the end of this calendar year?
- Yes. Richie Musser of Kirby Smith Associates will be prepared to assist you in doing so during this early planning phase of the campaign. There may be significant tax advantages in doing so, and we want to ensure that each family can plan accordingly.
- Will I be able to designate my gift?
- To a degree. The mission campaign will include various areas of focus, such as physical improvements, debt relief, educational ministries, and a mission endowment fund, to name a few areas. All these areas will be funded, based upon strategic priority, and you may indicate where you want your initial parts of commitment to be dedicated.
- How can I get involved?
- Reach out to Pastor Ross, Pastor Sarah, Jennifer Schlener-Thomas, or Adrian Young.
- What if I still have questions?
- Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions or comments.
Mission Campaign Documents
Feasibility Study Webinar
On March 31, Richie Musser led a webinar detailing the results to of the feasibility study. The webinar was recorded and available here.
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