|Client at a Glance|
|Who: Living Branches
What: Affiliated Retirement Communities
Where: Southeastern PA
Originally three separate retirement communities, Living Branches was formed in November of 2008. Click here to read its story.
| Upcoming Events |
|See us next at:
AAHSA Annual Convention
Oct. 31-Nov. 3, 2010Los Angeles, CA
TFA National Conference
Nov. 18-20, 2010
|Our Team |
Richard L. Gerig, MEd, Principal
Rebecca S. Drumm, CFRE, Principal
Sherilyn R. Ortman, BA, Associate
J. Daniel Hess, PhD, Associate
Michael D. Wiese, PhD, Associate
|Church of God conducting major research study|
Several decades have
passed since the four colleges and universities associated with the Church of
God movement have conducted systematic and comprehensive research of their
relationships with church constituents.
Now, some leaders believe the current environment of
scarce resources and intense competition for students again demands intentional
listening to core constituents. Within the movement, there is growing
conversation about words such as "connectivity," "accountability" and
"partnership." And there is awareness that another investment in formal research
may well open the door to new dimensions of collaboration, mutuality and future
thinking between the Church of God and its four institutions of higher
education. Read more.
|In Theory & In Practice|
New vision for Presbyterian women caters to young
One year ago the women of First United Presbyterian Church (Bellefontaine, OH)
were disheartened. Their local chapter of the Presbyterian Women's Association
(PWA) had dwindled to about seven regular members, all of whom were 65 or
older. Leadership had remained unchanged for over a decade. Year after year
most of the group's funds--by that time tens of thousands of dollars--were
invested, rather than spent or given to worthwhile projects. Younger women in
the congregation felt little ownership and found it difficult to fit the
traditional monthly, daytime meetings into their already busy schedules. Read more.
Ask the consultant
Q: What is the difference between visioning and strategic planning?
while a critical first step, is only a part of the strategic planning process.
If the vision is the desired destination, the strategic plan is how to get
To illustrate, when
planning a vacation, we picture in our minds a particular experience at a
specific destination. If it stops there, it is nothing more than wishful
thinking. To make it happen, we need a plan that includes goals and
action steps: What date will we leave? What route will we take? What vehicle
will we need and who will drive? If we work the plan, we're much more
likely to end up having the desired experience at the chosen destination.
A strategic plan may be
divided into a series of one-year plans, each of which outlines the steps to be
taken that year. Plans will need to be evaluated and adapted to emerging realities
in order for an organization to achieve its vision.
To read more about vision,
strategic planning and their relationship to mission, click here.
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