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.
Third and Fourth Quarters
- Continue to prioritize a relational aspect in our commitment to social justice
- Continue a sustainable rhythm of spiritual practice that enriches our lives, and empowers us for this work
As we pass the one-year mark of the closure of our facilities, we are greatly encouraged that our community remains strong. This is evidenced in so many ways, including consistently high Sunday service attendance, faithful and generous giving, active discipleship groups, and the love, prayer and practical support shown to members in need. Our vision to be the change we want to see in the world is also evidenced through collective initiatives such as monthly food donations to Greencastle Elementary school families, engagement in racial justice encounter groups, ongoing support to Ipala, and meal preparation for Sophia’s House.
Nevertheless, the consequences of the pandemic are significant. Although everyone’s experience has been different, many of us struggle with weariness, anxiety, and/or a deep sense of loss. The hope generated by the announcement of vaccines has been tempered by the realization that social distancing is likely to continue for the foreseeable future. We miss being together in-person without feeling the need to be guarded for our own and others’ safety.
But unlike so many other faith communities, we are blessed with a beautiful and expansive property. So as the weather grows warmer, we will leverage opportunities for small in-person gatherings. Relationships and inclusivity are core to our identity: We will pay particular attention to ensuring our activities emphasize a relational approach, and as we prepare for a gradual return to in-person gatherings, we will also continue to provide live-streaming and other ways of engaging remotely for those who are unable to return.
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