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To address our SWOT, stay true to our Mission and Core Values, and pursue our Vision, we identified ten strategic areas of focus and organized a separate task force to address goals in each area. (see page 15 of the Strategic Plan)

These ten task forces then produced by consensus 16 strategic goals and the detailed action plans to achieve them. All of these action plans were designed to meet the criteria of being Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Realistically written, and having an achievable Timetable (SMART).

Our Strategic Plan that follows this Executive Summary is in two distinct parts:

PART 1 (pages 7 through 19) details the Strategic Planning process and team, Statement of Why, SWOT Analysis, Core Values, Mission, and Vision.

PART 2 (pages 21 through 55) lays out the 16 specific SMART goals and the methodical, step-by-step implementation plan to achieve each goal, including precise timelines, areas of responsibility, and measurements of success.

The length of this Strategic Plan may give some pause. However, given the vast diversity of our parishes, faithful, and needs, we wanted to provide both a thorough analysis of what we must do and a comprehensive plan to achieve our goals in a unified and effective manner. At all times, we ensured that our parishes, parish-level ministries, and parishioners were the primary focus of every aspect of our planning. The Metropolis merely served as the vehicle to organize the resources of our parishes and faithful to work together to “make disciples.”

Now the real work begins as we dedicate the necessary resources, prioritize our efforts, and work diligently to achieve a blueprint that offers us an exciting road map to our sacred destiny. Please walk with us as we take this journey of faith. The future of the faithful and parishes of our Metropolis of Chicago depends on how diligently we achieve this Strategic Plan as stewards of God’s many blessings.

The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago exists to receive and share unconditional love, mercy, healing, and peace so that life has greater meaning and purpose.

In order for our Church to continue growing and journeying towards the eternal Kingdom of God, it is necessary to regularly assess where we are, where we want to be, and how we will get there. Our Metropolis of Chicago is a pioneer in undertaking this ambitious process in order to help the faithful create the strongest and most dynamic parishes possible. This comprehensive strategic plan will help all of us manage the “busyness” of parish life without turning our parishes into a “business.”

For the last year, several hundred dedicated clergy and lay stewards, representing the significant diversity found within our parishes, have worked joyfully and diligently to analyze all available data and issues to come to a consensus and develop this strategic plan. Through a disciplined process, we conducted a detailed analysis of the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) of our parishes and Metropolis and affirmed a Mission statement that is consistent with the Mission of our Holy Archdiocese.

The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago is a Christ-centered community that loves, guides, engages, and serves all people.

In addition, we carefully considered the behaviors we want modeled in our parishes and Metropolis. We concluded that to inspire our culture, establish our priorities, and provide a framework for decision-making, we will embrace a number of shared core values. (see page 14 of the Strategic Plan)

In determining what we hope to accomplish and where we were going, we refined a dynamic and inspirational vision that proclaims that:

Within four years, we will grow our Metropolis family through greater:

  • Fellowship & Welcoming

  • Accountability

  • Ministries & Education

  • Innovation

  • Leadership

  • Involved Youth & Emerging Adults

  • Engagement on critical issues

  • Stewardship

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