Rob Waller to take us through the report “Waller And Associates Planning Feasibility Study Report”
I feel privileged to have had a chance to work with you over the past 8 months. In the church we are called to be a sign that God’s promises are true. You are a sign that God’s promises are true. I feel like I am on hold ground.
I am going to take 20 minutes and give you a view of where you are. We wanted to come back to you with a clear baseline.
This report is like climbing Mt. Baker altogether. At base campe we would say, “We don’t know the way up the mountain.” In this study we have sent an advance group up the mountain to see the obstacles, best way to top and what resources are needed.
Report = snapshot view that you know what you asked for last Synod is there. The study is not intended to say you have to fix everything before you start up the mountain. It’s meant to give you a picture and test the enthusiasm across the Diocese to raise $22 million in a major fundraising campaign which is more than just large in minds of most interviewees. But the truth is the capacity is there to raise $22 million.
Again and again interviewees expressed that their children have no interest in the church, and expressed concern to find new ways of being church. How do you change? People are looking to the 10 directions to show the pathway and resources.
We wanted to talk to people of influence and people of affluence and naysayers.
We learned no one seems to really know what other parishes are doing. There is a huge disconnect that is a symptom of deeper issues that need to be addressed.
There is a strong sense the Diocesan vision must be done. People understand doing nothing is not an option.
The majority of interviewees want to keep moving forward. There’s a sense that without the willingness to risk we will not move forward.
I believe so strongly in stewardship which has more to do than just with money. We asked people what range of gift they might be prepared to offer. Over 50% of the people indicated over $1 million.
People are waiting for Diocesan leadership to indicate this is the path we are going down.
The diocese has the capacity to raise $22 million over five years. But we want you to pause, to give consideration to the study findings and work in further discernment of what are the next steps. Do no ignore the findings of this study. But we would not want you to base your decision only on the study which is good for 9 months or a year. But you need to take some direction. You can see the slow place at which you have been moing. You need to keep enough positive moment to keep up the energy.
Four realities that must be addressed:
1. trust – levels of distrust in the Diocese are still very high. Many many people do not feel part of the Diocese. It is a common characteristic of the systemic issues of most dioceses. Look at every single action and ask “Will this build trust?” It must be a new day in this regard. And I see a new day on the horizon.
2. the case for support – the case presented in the 10 directions is too large. It is lacking in sizzle. Try to find the hot button that gets the donor really excited. People want to see the 10 directions done.
3. culture – we can’t go on doing the same things expecting a different result. For today’s church to survive needs greater flexibility.
4. leadership – the faithful implementation of vision and campaign depends on leadership. There are key individuals who are not on board. You need to take time to talk this through. You need more hands-on and targeted approach.
Look for new potential givers. The capacity is here. It hasn’t gone yet. But the window is getting smaller year by year. Our recommendations are contingent upon these things.
There is no meaningful connection between the parishes and the Cathedral. The Cathedral needs to rebuild relationships with parishes.
Anglicans have two pockets – one through which they will keep the church going, but there’s another pocket. We can access $3.5 million from this second pocket.
You need to help people with how they should allocate their assets and estates beyond their lives.
Top priority = youth, young adults and families – for years in church we have been saying “Yeah we gotta get youth in the church.” People saying, “We can’t push this any further. Someone please tell us what to do.” People want to see these directions brought to reality.
The case for support is not seen as compelling. It lacks sizzle necessary to engage parishes and people.
The case needs to focus on parishes if it is going to succeed.
Preparation phase from after Synod to September.
Consultation phase Oct – Nov 2016:consultations one-on-one conversations
Implementation phase – begins mid-Nov 2016 – launch pilot projects
Evaluation and follow-up phase – report back to Synod
10 minutes for questions for clarification:
1. how come 86% think vision important but don’t think their parishes would get behind this
A. people know parishes and they see the obstacles
2. Don Wilson – very good support. Seems to be tremendous amount of support from parishes, thought there would be some drive to include corporate contributions
A. most corporate have a policy they don’t give to the church. We did talk to some corporate in the sense that they are parishioners. But the parts of the vision that really connect ifyou move all this into possible partnerships, yes corporate could come, but majority
3. give guidance on 50/50 split – are you suggesting split might be worked out in individual parishes? a 50/50 split would be a hugely difficult sell
A. if Diocese was at a place of great unity, there would be greater willingness to go 50/50
4. have you experience in North America a willingness to redefine youth so there really is only youth and adult. If we redefine you, could we fill the room with youth? Could redefining youth revitalize our ministry?
A. that’s a really heavy question. If that is a concept that would really work, you should go for it. Youth are looking for authentic Christian faith. They are looking for mentoring.
5. Clarification on timeline- do you think process of working on difficult issues can be completed?
A.when UBC did campaign to raise 60 million did it on basis not of we are the best university, but we are going to become the best university. If people begin to see we are building trust, you can accomplish a great deal. What you have accomplished in the last six months has been incredible.
Based on everything we have heard today what are the most important next steps for us to take as a Diocese as we continue travelling together on this Vision Fulfillment Journey?