Vision & Strategic Initiatives Presentation (as presented at the May 14, 2022 stated meeting)

Video: Report of the Visioning Team

Video: Moderator and Interim General Presbyter Reports

In late 2021, the four regions of Grace Presbytery were sub-divided into eight smaller geographic groups for the purpose of conducting listening sessions and gathering feedback from our members and congregations.

In an effort to craft a vision statement for Grace Presbytery, and ultimately communicate this vision to the General Presbyter Search Committee, Rev. Dr. Steve Shive and our presbytery council extended invitations to all pastors, ruling elders, and educators to participate in visioning conversations.

In-person and Zoom visioning discussions began in September 2021 and continued through March 2022, for a total of 16 regional discussions; moderated by Steve Shive & M.E. Clary. PC(USA) Research Services also conducted a survey on behalf of Grace Presbytery of the presbytery members and constituents.

The in-person gatherings, Zoom meetings, and the online survey consisted of eight open response questions requesting input and feedback concerning the state of the presbytery, the needs of churches, and ideas for the future.

Data collected during this process was then shared with Grace Presbytery’s visioning team leaders (Dream Team) for their discernment – with the ultimate goal of crafting of a vision statement and strategic initiatives for Grace Presbytery to embrace and endeavor to achieve over the next 2-3 year period.

Visioning (Dream Team) Leaders:
Princeton Abaraoha
First Presbyterian, Midlothian

Chris Bartley
First Presbyterian, Fort Worth

Ashley Drake Mertz
Grace First Presbyterian, Weatherford

Meagan Findeiss
First Presbyterian, Dallas

Kendal Land
First Presbyterian, Longview

Chris Lee
Canyon Creek Presbyterian, Richardson

Leslie Murphy-King
First Presbyterian, Waco

Ruth Roman-Meza
Oak Cliff Presbyterian, Dallas

Kelly Staples
Trinity Presbyterian, Flower Mound

Staff Representatives: Rev. Dr. Steve Shive, Interim General Presbyter and M.E. Clary, Communications Director

The proposed vision statement and strategic initiatives will be presented for vote at the May stated meeting of Grace Presbytery at Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church in Richardson.

UPDATE: The vision and strategic initiatives were amended and approved Saturday, May 14, 2022, by Grace Presbytery, as reflected below and in the above linked collateral.