Strategic Plan Initiatives
In 2011, St. Peter’s Parish undertook an effort to ascertain the short term and long term needs of the parish and school. Questionnaires, listening sessions, forums, feedback meeting, and countless volunteers hours went into this process. The planning lead to five areas of focus which are clear priorities for St. Peter’s Parish and School. They are:
Communications & Marketing
Evangelization & Community Outreach
Committees were formed and leadership chosen to bring these initiatives to fruition. There are links on this page to summaries and plans that are subsequent to this Strategic Plan, which was designed to address the needs of our ministries, parishioners, and our greater community for the next 5-10 years.
Adult Faith Formation
A committee was formed and meets monthly to discuss opportunities for the parish to deepen the faith and spiritual lives of our members. The largest success that has come from this work is the integration of Christ Renews His Parish (CRHP), a spiritual renewal weekend retreat, into our community. CRHP retreats are held with all-men and all-women groups twice a year. Attendees from the previous retreat put on the weekend for the group that follows them, inviting 10-20 to attend a weekend retreat on the parish campus.
In addition to CRHP, the Adult Faith Formation committee has hosted Ignatian Spirituality discussions, sponsored a parish mission, and invited guest speakers, including parishioners who have shared how witnessing or practicing the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy have positively impacted their lives. More information on faith formation opportunities can be found here.
In recent years, St. Peter’s made changes in many areas to both cut expenses and improve cash flow. LED lighting has been installed throughout the campus and solar panels have been installed giving us significant cost savings on our energy bills. School families now pay all fees through automatic withdrawal, and more parishioners have signed up to have their tithe taken out of their checking or savings accounts automatically. Our parish Finance Committee meets monthly to discuss the operating budget and looks for both short-term and long-term opportunities to strengthen the parish’s financial position. Our St. Peter’s Annual Reports can be downloaded here.
In 2013, the St. Peter’s Parish Endowment Fund was created to provide long-term financial support for both school and parish initiatives. The principal of the fund may not be spent, but is invested to generate earnings that will be used for the parish and school as determined by the endowment advisory board and pastor. Read more about St. Peter’s Endowment Fund here.
In 2016, we launched Upon This Rock, a three year capital campaign, the primary purpose of which was to renovate the oldest building on our campus, the north school building, built in 1928. The campaign goal of $6.2 million was met and the renovation was completed in January 2018. A loan of $1.5 million was secured from the diocese to complete construction of a multi-purpose space between the church and north school building. That debt will be paid off over a 10 year period.
Communications & Marketing
The Strategic Plan called for the hiring of a Communications Director to oversee the communications of the parish and to assist with marketing St. Peter’s School. One of the first projects was the development of a new logo, and efforts to integrate parish and school identities. We’ve expanded the use of social media, online volunteer platforms, e-blasts, website, and printed material to better communicate not only with our parishioners, but with alumni, neighbors, area businesses, and those in the greater community.
Parish leadership and our event chairs have made a concerted effort to invite our entire parish family to collaborate, fundraise, and have fun together. Parish and school events are planned to appeal to many parish demographics, and we welcome our greater community to enjoy the festivities. Parish communications support these community-building endeavors, as well as those of the Faith Formation, Outreach, Campus Master Plan, and Finance committees.
Evangelization & Outreach
At St. Peter’s, we are passionate about reaching out to our neighbors, especially those on the eastern side of our parish boundaries. Our parish extends from 59th Street to Gregory Blvd., and from Wornall Rd. to Prospect Ave., yet most of our parishioners live west of Troost Ave. We recognize that we are called to make connections and build community, and we have been finding ways to partner with other organizations and individuals under the guidance of the Urban Village Council. In response to the Strategic Plan goal of evangelization and outreach, this committee was formed to promote socio-economic opportunities for all within our parish boundaries. Learn more about Urban Village here.
Parish Life (Campus Master Plan)
An extensive study was done on our facilities, grounds, and campus, revealing significant needs. A Campus Master Plan was created as a blueprint to address these needs. As we worked our way through the list of projects over a 5 year period, it was necessary to adjust the cost estimates and some details of the plan.
It was apparent that we needed to create a safer drop-off solution on Meyer Blvd. for our students. In 2016, the Legacy Center parking lot was renovated with an off-street drive for safer drop-off. The renovation also includes a new pergola that will help create more continuity between our campus buildings. New landscaping also improves the aesthetics of the north side of our campus, and additional lighting improves safety and appearance.
Another significant priority identified in the Campus Master Plan was the renovation of our north school building. The stone building facing Meyer Blvd. first opened its doors to St. Peter’s school children in 1929. The building was in dire need of renovation. Complete HVAC, plumbing, electrical wiring, retrofitting for water sprinklers, and many more projects were completed to maintain a safe, comfortable environment for our students. Thanks to the generosity of donors, we reached the $6.2 million goal of Upon This Rock, our capital campaign, which will cover the cost of the school renovation. We also secured a long-term loan through the diocese to complete construction of a gathering space between the church and school.
Through strategic planning and budgeting, we were able to complete many of the projects before initiating our capital campaign. Specifically, we installed an elevator in the school, installed permanent signage throughout our campus to better identify our parish and buildings, improved outdoor lighting, and refurbished the northwest church entrance to make it accessible to all.
Now that we have completed the goals of our 2012 Campus Master Plan, it is time to look to the future and evaluate the needs of our parish and school as we continue to grow.