STRATEGIC PLAN

Our Mission

To draw people to Jesus and embody his love for the world by equipping faith communities, promoting spiritual growth, and striving for justice.

Vision 2026

To be a Diocese that draws on the gifts of all God’s people to serve Christ together and live Jesus’ Way of Love.

Revitalize our churches to grow the Jesus Movement

  • We will implement a church revitalization strategy that leads to healthy, thriving congregations throughout the diocese, reversing the trends of decline
  • Our leadership and congregations will reflect the demographics of our surrounding communities
  • We will develop a stewardship strategy for our facilities and finances so that parishes are not constrained by building concerns
  • We will launch or relaunch three worshiping communities focused on rising generations so that we become a spiritual home for our children and grandchildren

Inspire every person to grow in faith & equip our leaders to lead well

  • We will establish a school for Christian leadership for clergy and laity
  • We will develop and implement a collaborative strategy for spiritual growth and discipleship
  • We will strive for a 10% increase in baptisms, confirmations, and receptions across the diocese year over year

Partner in ministries of equity & justice for greater impact in our communities

  • We will strengthen our collective witness in equity and justice through partnerships and shared resources to meet the needs of our regions
  • We will promote Creation Care practices in all our faith communities
  • We will engage issues such as racial justice, gun violence prevention, LGBTQ equal rights, and immigration reform through on-going trainings, workshops, pilgrimages, and public witness

Year Five Priorities

Measurable Objectives

Church Revitalization

  • We will adapt the Tending Our Soil curriculum and revitalization resources for increased flexibility and widespread use while we continue to engage and support ongoing cohorts, ensuring each congregation makes progress in the program.
  • We will implement the stewardship strategy for parish facilities and finances by making real estate professionals available to consult with congregations interested in leasing space or redeveloping property; sharing information and resources, such as template rental agreements, on a dedicated page of the EDOW website; and both engaging and supporting congregations that need to consider selling or redeveloping their buildings and properties.
  • We will identify and work with a subset of congregations within up to two regions for diocesan engagement in shaping a plan for strategic ministry collaboration and resource sharing.
  • We will develop and grow the Well, the diocesan church plant in Bowie, introducing organic forms of prayerful gatherings. In addition, we will support other emerging faith communities around the diocese. 
  • We will further empower, encourage, and equip the Black Church Ministry Committee to engage Black churches to envision new models of ministry.

Faith & Leadership

  • We will define, complete and promote a core curriculum for the School for Christian Faith and Leadership that includes resources and training for parish leaders as well as materials for use by congregations and individuals on the baptismal covenant, Bible, and spiritual practices. 
  • We will further develop the path of discipleship, leveraging the diocesan meeting on January 4 to generate specific goals for 2024.
  • We will advance our vision for campus ministry by identifying up to three parishes to serve as  centers for ministry with university neighbors.
  • We will develop a mission, vision, and timeline for diocesan youth ministry by the fall of 2024.

Equity & Justice

  • We will support the Committee on Diocesan Reparations, assisting both the Education Working Group as it engages the diocese in education and conversation, and the Policy Working Group as it prepares to submit recommendations to the diocese as required by Diocesan Convention. 
  • We will identify equity and justice champions among the deacons and work with the deacons and regional deans to foster collective engagement in areas of common concern, such as creation care, care for migrants and gun violence prevention.
  • We will work with the Creation Care Committee to identify opportunities for collaboration in community efforts around tree planting, food security and climate justice advocacy. 
  • We will develop equity and justice resources through the School for Christian Faith and Leadership, particularly focused on providing both theological context and opportunities for action around pressing issues in the communities served by our diocese.

Resources

Year Five Priorities | Prioridades del Quinto Año

Diocesan Strategic Plan – Year Five Priorities [PDF]
Plan Estratégico Diocesano – Prioridades del Quinto Año [PDF]

Year Four Priorities | Prioridades del Cuarto Año

Diocesan Strategic Plan – Year Four Priorities [PDF]
Plan Estratégico Diocesano – Prioridades del Cuarto Año [PDF]

Year Three Priorities | Prioridades del Tercer Año


Year Two Priorities | Prioridades del Segundo Año


Year One Priorities | Prioridades del Primero Año

 

Questions

Please contact us with any questions on the Diocese of Washington strategic plan.