October 31, 2019 | News
The session began the process of visioning and goal-setting three years ago. We began with a vision statement, then drafted strategic goals and approved them. From these strategic goals, the session is now in the process of measurable goal-setting.
What does all that mean for you? Your session has been listening and dreaming and planning and listening some more.
The process has been thorough and careful and deliberate. We moderated listening groups, then analyzed that data. We have broken into small groups, debated word meanings and thought about success criteria. We’ve dreamed really big, then added a dose of reality. We looked outward and inward. We walked every inch of the physical space of Preston Hollow Presbyterian. We reflected on where we’ve been and the founding of our church. We’ve added new members of session who’ve jumped onboard this process. We’ve met with Presbyterian clergy from across the country who’ve been through similar processes and inspired us.
The process has been lengthy but exciting, and we’re thrilled to be moving from ideas to reality and to invite you to join us.
Throughout this process, we have kept God in our hearts and minds. What does God want from us? How we can we honor and thank God? And how can we shine God’s light into the broader community while also nurturing those already at PHPC?
Mindy Baxter, Elder
At our May 2019 Session retreat, your Session members adopted a new set of strategic goals for the future of the church based on recommendations from a goal-setting team made up of currently serving Elders. These goals reflect the movement of the Holy Spirit in our midst. God has done incredible work at Preston Hollow, and we can’t wait to see where God leads us next!
Over the next few months, the Session will work with appropriate councils to begin to develop a process for examining and implementing these goals. If you have questions, please reach out to a member of the goal-setting team (Rick Wyman, Melanie Sumrow, Mindy Baxter, Caroline Stevenson, Jim Finley) or one of our Executive Team (Rev. Sarah Johnson, Rev. Mark Brainerd).
With great hope,
Rev. Matthew Ruffner
PHPC’S SUNDAY EXPERIENCE REFLECTS A VIBRANT COMMUNITY OF FAITH
A. Sunday morning and evening worship allows all generations to thrive together.
B. There is noticeable increased energy and sense of belonging among the congregation.
C. Worship attendance increases.
D. Our members grow as disciples of Jesus Christ.
E. Worship reflects a more diverse congregation.
F. Visitors feel seen, valued, and included.
PHPC REFLECTS THE LOVE OF JESUS CHRIST IN DALLAS AND BEYOND
A. PHPC is a catalyst for change for Dallas families living on the margins.
B. PHPC leads the effort in breaking the cycle of poverty in Dallas.
C. The voices of those long silenced are named, heard, and valued.
D. PHPC’s investment in Dallas is a priority, and includes expertise, time, and money.
PHPC BECOMES A CENTER FOR EDUCATIONAL AND SPIRITUAL
A. PHPPS explores ways to meet the expanding needs of working families in the DFW area.
B. PHPS nourishes mind, body and spirit.
C. There is greater awareness of, and a closer relationship of PHPC with PHPPS and PHPS.
D. PHPC establishes a more visible platform for shaping Christian leaders.
E. Future leaders of PCUSA are prepared at PHPC.
4 THE MINISTRY AREAS OF PHPC ARE STRENGTHENED
A. Specific goals for each of the following PHPC ministries are established and achieved within targeted timeframes.