Presbytery of the James has formed a Strategic Planning Team to guide its work over the five-year period of 2020 through 2025.  The formation of this team was approved at the October 2017 stated meeting. In October 2018, the Presbytery approved a slate of 15 members. The team began meeting in January 2019. Visit this page regularly for team updates. Updates also will be shared with congregation leadership through FYI.

Meetings

March 28, 2019 Highlights *

The Strategic Planning Team of the POJ met on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at the offices of the POJ. Fourteen of members were in attendance. Clerk of the meeting, Teaching Elder Fred Holbrook. The meeting adjourned at 12:15 p.m.

  • Meeting was called to order by Moderator Jen Rowe at 10:30 a.m. with prayer;
  • Clerk of the meeting, Teaching Elder Fred Holbrook, provided the devotional with a reading of Deuteronomy 31:14-15, 23; Deuteronomy 34:9; John 13:31-36; John 14:16-18 (CEB) stressing “God is with you,” and the importance of loving each other;
  • Broke up into three small groups, with their own particular tasks concerning the Mission Statement of the POJ;
    • Group One: What is explicit in our mission statement?
    • Group Two: What is implied in our mission statement?
    • Group Three: What is left out of our mission statement?
  • Homework was assigned on new Mission Statement of the POJ:
    • Each member was tasked with submitting our own POJ Mission Statement after reviewing various existing statements from presbyteries around the country;
  • Cancelled the next meeting, to be on April 25, to provide time to draft Mission Statements;
  • Agreed by general consensus the next meeting to be, May 23, 2019, 10:30 am, at the POJ offices;
  • Adjourned with prayer

The next meeting of Strategic Planning Team is on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at POJ offices.

February 28, 2019 Highlights *

The Strategic Planning Team of the POJ met on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at the offices of the POJ. All 15 members were in attendance. Clerk of the meeting, Teaching Elder Fred Holbrook. The meeting adjourned at 12:07 p.m.

  • Meeting was called to order by Vice-Moderator Stephen Hodges at 10:30 a.m. with prayer;
  • Vice-Moderator Hodges provided the devotional working with Luke 9:28-36, focusing on “thin places.
  • Teaching Elder Patrick Dennis presented the Vision 2020 Final Report
  • Discussion followed in response to Vision 2020 Final Report including:
    • Strengths – What can SPT use for future planning?
    • Weaknesses – What is “missing?”
  • Homework was assigned on the Mission Statement of the POJ including:
    • What is explicit in our mission statement?
    • What is implied in our mission statement?
    • What is left out of our mission statement?
  • The next meeting was set by general consensus, March 28, 10:30 a.m., POJ Offices;
  • Adjourned with prayer by Teaching Elder Bobby Hulme-Lippert

The next meeting of Strategic Planning Team is on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at POJ offices.

January 24, 2019 Highlights *

The Strategic Planning Team of the POJ met on Thursday, January 24, 2019 at the offices of the POJ. All 15 members were in attendance. The meeting adjourned at 12:17 p.m.

  • Meeting was called to order by Moderator Jen Rowe at 10:30 a.m. with prayer by Vice Moderator Stephen Hodges;
  • Welcomed Fred Holbrook, Interim SC/GP, and received his introduction;
  • Fred Holbrook was elected to be clerk of the SPT by general consensus;
  • All members introduced themselves while answering the question: “What is your fondest memory of church in your youth?”
    All members then answered the question: “What is your favorite thing about the church you are in?”
  • Distributed two papers: “Strategic Planning Team: Presbytery of the James;” and “Vision 2020: Final Report;” all members were tasked to review these documents;
  • T.E. Patrick Dennis, a former participant in Vision 2020, accepted the invitation to lead discussion on Vision 2020 at the next SPT meeting;
  • After discussion the body agreed by general consensus to hold the next meeting on the fourth Thursday, February 28, 2019, 10:30 a.m. -12:15 p.m., at the POJ offices;
  • Adjourned with prayer by T.E. Patrick Dennis

The next meeting of Strategic Planning Team is on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at POJ offices.

* Meeting highlights offered by the vice-moderator of SPT for information only. Highlights are not a substitute for SPT approved minutes. If highlights contradict SPT approved minutes, the approved minutes prevail.

Goals

The goals of the Strategic Planning Team are to:

  1. articulate a vision and mission for the POJ;
  2. propose a structure for the implementation of the vision and mission; and
  3. recommend a financial plan for the implementation of the vision and mission.

Contacts

​Jen Rowe
Moderator

​Stephen Hodges
Vice Moderator