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Areas for Parish Improvement & Growth

Through recent parish surveys and forum discussions, we have identified several areas where we hope to improve as a congregation.

 

Grow our numbers as a congregation.

This was the number one “challenge” identified in our parish survey. Although membership and pledges have not declined significantly in recent years, we have not experienced substantial growth in either. We also have grown older as a congregation in recent years, with 80% of survey respondents falling between the ages of 51 and 80. Contained within the desire for growth is a desire for more diversity. We have a heritage of outreach to the LGBT community, but many respondents hoped we could expand our appeal to more straight people and all ethnicities. We hope to attract more young people and families to the church and believe that our location in a family-oriented neighborhood and in the fast-growing District of Columbia positions us well for this goal. Especially for Episcopalians, we are enthusiastic professors of our faith. We are happy being strongly anchored in our faith and proud to talk with others about it. We look forward to our new rector actively engaging with us in this area.

 

Provide a structured and welcoming space for spiritual growth.

We recognize that to prepare ourselves to grow the membership of the church, we must first be intentional about Christian formation. We need to better welcome and embrace those with no previous church experience. Through this effort, we will discover deeper spirituality. Our RenewalWorks survey indicated a desire for more opportunities for spiritual growth and opportunities to have the sometimes difficult conversations that lead us closer to God.

 

Provide and communicate opportunities for service and community outreach.

Both the parish survey and the 2014 RenewalWorks survey stressed this goal as important to our church. In response to the RenewalWorks survey, we started the “Serving All Souls” ministry to focus and intensify our outreach efforts. Through this process, we developed the seven areas of outreach highlighted in “Parish Ministries—Service and Outreach.” However, we do not view this need as fully solved and would welcome energetic engagement from our new rector in this area.

 

Meet emotional needs of the parish and provide a support structure for difficult times.

This was one of the parish needs identified in our 2014 RenewalWorks survey. In response to this, we developed the “All Souls Cares” program, which focuses on reaching out to parishioners in difficult times.

 

Challenges

The information presented in these charts comes from the Parish Survey which was conducted during February 2016. Approximately 100 respondents selected multiple responses when asked what the parish challenges were and what areas needed to be established, developed, or improved. Complete results of the survey are available here.

 


 

Last Published: April 22, 2016 9:56 AM
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