Our Annual Plan
Our plans are derived from an extensive, churchwide, strategic planning process that led to the development of the Cedar Ridge Strategic Plan (also available as a Word document). Normally we develop a plan for a whole year, but we are currently in some unique circumstances. The COVID-19 pandemic means that many of our usual church activities and avenues are very restricted, and we face a lot of uncertainty about the future. So this year we are planning objectives, activities and events in smaller timeframes—all of which are aligned with our annual goal to work together for social justice, empowered by an ongoing experience of God’s unconditional love.
Develop plans and practices to enact our commitment to social justice
Develop a sustainable rhythm of spiritual practice that enriches our lives and empowers us for this work
Cedar Ridge has been unable to gather together as a whole since March. Yet despite the restrictions on meeting, and the considerable emotional strain of the situation—in addition to economic hardship for some, and additional time demands for others—our community remains strong. We have found new ways to connect, and each week there are new stories about individuals and groups caring for one another and maintaining a sense of community throughout this difficult time. Our community is creatively finding new ways to be church.
Nevertheless, no one expected the pandemic to lead to such prolonged restrictions. Hopes for a return to in-person meeting have been repeatedly deferred. Current trends in infection rates are worsening, and we are continually reminded that it is incumbent upon all of us to exercise caution. As we head into winter, the weather is getting less conducive to outdoor meetings, further limiting our options.
The pandemic is continuing to reveal and exacerbate economic inequity in our society—inequality that disproportionally impacts people of color. Racial injustice may be less prominent on the daily news than it was earlier this year, but the many deep-rooted attitudes and systemic problems remain. In addition, the political situation continues to be tense and uncertain. In this current context, our annual goal to work together for social justice, empowered by an ongoing experience of God’s unconditional love remains highly relevant. So, for this next quarter, we remain committed to this goal, and continue to look ahead with hope to a time when we can gather safely again.
Our Strategic Plan
In 2016 and 2017, Cedar Ridge Pastoral Team and Board worked through a strategic planning process in collaboration with other teams and leaders across our church. As part of this process, 10 papers were developed to identify the challenges in our main areas of ministry. The papers can be accessed through the links below:
- Clarifying the Vision for Finance
- Clarifying the Vision for Social Justice
- Clarifying the Vision for Worship
- Refreshing the Vision for Children and Youth
- Refreshing the Vision for Discipleship Groups
- Refreshing the Vision for Guatemala
- Refreshing the Vision for Prayer and Healing
- Refreshing the Vision for the Cedar Ridge Property
- Refreshing the Vision to Farm
- Sharing the Vision