August 2017 Comments by Session on Original 2011 Mission Study

Discussion Guide

The following strategic goals, included in the 2011 Mission Study, have been updated and refreshed to reflect progress and revitalization achieved over the past 6-1/2 years. The opportunity before the Congregation is to reaffirm and discuss our future direction: what do we feel called to do and how we will implement our mission, vision, and values?

Goal 1 – Reaffirm and Maintain Our Strengths 

  • Inspired and diversified worship services invigorated by a robust music ministry
  • Inspired and diversified worship services invigorated by a robust music ministry
  • Strong pastoral and lay leadership; full and high-functioning staff
  • Educational opportunities for all ages — children, youth, families, adults
  • Opportunities for interfaith worship, education, fellowship, volunteering
  • Depth and breadth of regular fellowship opportunities (especially Young Adults and Seniors)
  • Rich history and historic building are a source of pride for many

Goal 2 – Expand and Evolve Ministries with Faith, Energy, Purpose and Passion

  • Maintain relevance (members and friends see greater relevancy, stronger connection between their faith and a rapidly changing world)
  • Maintain relevance (members and friends see greater relevancy, stronger connection between their faith and a rapidly changing world)
  • Continue to offer diverse worship experiences building upon our tradition of excellent music and preaching• Expand opportunities for caring, hospitality and welcome
  • Increase membership, engagement, and financial support
  • Promote, encourage and publicly voice messages of selfless love, justice, inclusivity, and joy
  • Commitment to helping break cycles of poverty in San Francisco (focused financial and volunteer partnerships with Boys and Girls Clubs SF, New Door Ventures, Raphael House, and SF Achievers)
  • Serve and stand by the marginalized and underserved
  • Help all people build deeper relationships with God, especially in these very uncertain times
  • Build a significant ministry beyond Sunday and 2515 Fillmore Street

Goal 3 – Secure Financial Resources Necessary to Live into God’s Call

Congregational giving remains the single largest source of income for the church. Though Calvary’s financial health is strong, in recent years the church has invested a portion of its savings in order to grow and adapt.

  • Increase pledge revenue to maintain and expand current ministries and programs
  • Align expenses with revenue projections

 

  • Significantly enhanced communications and outreach capabilities; establishing a dynamic digital presence (especially important in reaching young adults ages 25-34)
    • Metric: FaceBook followers increased from ~ 280 to 1,800 (2013 – 2016)
    • Metric: Cultivated email distribution list (for monthly newsletter) from 0 to 1,090 recipients (2013 – 2016)
    • Metric: Today, 59% of people interacting with Calvary online do so via a mobile device

Calvary: Where We are Now

Mission:
A welcoming community, living the Christian faith in word and action.

Vision:
We see a vibrant community that is growing in impact, depth and number.

Values:
Selfless love, justice, inclusivity, and joy.

  • Membership: 929; about 690 households
  • Growth and vitality – Calvary is growing (unlike PCUSA as a denomination)
    • Metric: 142 new members (2013-2016)
    • Metric: first year with a ‘full’ staff and no interims (mid-2016)
  • Expanded depth of worship, music and congregational ministries
    • Metric: increased number of contemplative/alternative worship services
    • Metric: music ministry investments include a new Sanctuary piano, and additions to the music library
    • Metric: Expanded adult fellowship events (e.g., ball games, walking tours, Tiburon cruise, Crissy Field BBQ, nature walk)
  • Increased financial support (pledges, plate, and special contributions)
    • Metric: direct member support is up 21% (2013-2016)
    • Metric: average pledge size increased from $2,803 to $3,124 (2013 – 2016)
  • Focused mission support through tithing (goal: 10% of church’s annual operating expenses)
    • Metric: increased church’s benevolence (monetary donations) to the community from $97,000 to $290,000 (2013 – 2016)
    • Metric: documented volunteer support to a variety of mission partners was provided by nearly 300 unique individuals (2016), many of whom support several programs