In response to an assessment of the Hawai‘i Conference and the Hawai‘i Conference Foundation completed in March 2017, a strategic planning process was launched at the 195th ‘Aha Pae‘aina. This webpage contains information about the strategic planning process and pertinent resources.
About the process
In September 2017, the Conference began developing a strategic plan to guide its future. A strategic planning consultant, Cynthia Scherr, was hired to help facilitate this process. The purpose of the strategic plan is to unite under a shared vision that will guide the Conference into a spiritually rich and fulfilling future.
About consultant Cynthia Scherr
Cynthia Scherr leads inspiring, practical strategic planning processes and leadership development programs for organizations with complex challenges. Read her biographical profile.
Prayer: How will we begin our spiritual strategic journey?
Delegates to the 195th ‘Aha Pae‘aina in June 2017 formed small groups to write prayers for strategic planning, which were read aloud to the entire body. Read the prayers HERE.
Report to the Conference Council
Read a memo from strategic planning consultant Cynthia Scherr to the Conference Council, dated June 17, 2017. The memo is a summary of the plenary sessions led by Cynthia at the 195th ‘Aha Pae‘aina.
Strategic Planning Team Appointed: The Conference Council has appointed a Strategic Planning Team to work with consultant Cynthia Scherr and Intentional Interim Conference Minister Gabrielle Chavez. Members of that team are: Jack Belsom (Waiola UCC); Robinson Fredrick (Central Union Church); Mary Herbig (UCC-Judd Street); Roberta Jahrling (Kaumakapili Church); Wryen Keoki Kiwaha (Puka'ana Congregational Church); Jeannie Thompson (Kapa'a UCC); Iese Tuuao (Acting Conference Minister); and Lori Yamashiro (Conference staff). The Strategic Planning Team will provide insight, guidance and connection with congregations. More information will be shared as strategic planning progresses. Feel free to contact members of the team or Cynthia, through the Conference Office, if you have thoughts or comments you would like to contribute.
Strategic Planning Is Topic of Clergy Gathering: Cynthia Scherr, strategic planning consultant for the Hawai‘i Conference, was the guest speaker at the O‘ahu Association clergy gathering on Monday, October 16, at the Conference Office.
Conference Releases Draft Mission Statement: In January 2018, a draft mission statement for the Hawai‘i Conference UCC was released. Criteria used in developing the mission statement include:
Alignment with the national UCC setting's mission
Distinguishing the role of the Conference from that of Associations and local churches
Use of clear, accessible, memorable language
Embracing the spirit of Hawaiian culture
In its draft form, the mission of the Hawai‘i Conference UCC is to:
Connect Hawai‘i UCC churches in Christian community
Live Christ's example of the Aloha spirit
Act as the heart and hands of Jesus by working together for justice and peace
Serve as a vital resource to members and associations
Plant seeds for a fruitful future
The Strategic Planning Team welcomes your feedback about the draft mission statement. Please send comments, questions or suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conference Assessment of Current Reality: Using many sources of input, the Strategic Planning Team has developed a snapshot of the Conference in the form of a Strengths/Weaknesses/Opportunities/Threats (SWOT) analysis. Looking at the facts of reality is one of the essential elements in planning for the future. Does this represent the Conference as of today? Is there anything missing? Your feedback is invited.
Feedback Sought for Draft Strategic Initiatives (February 7, 2018): While the Strategic Planning Team of the Hawai‘i Conference continues to hone possibilities for strategic initiatives to guide our future, a draft of eight possible initiatives is now available. Please keep in mind that all of these are a work-in-process. The goal is to narrow the number of strategic initiatives to roughly five. The purpose is to identify what is mission-critical to accomplish over the next three to five years in order to move the Conference toward its long-term vision. You will have opportunities to provide feedback at island gatherings in early March as well as by emailing email@example.com.
Huaka‘i Saili Matagi: Finding Our Way Forward (February 16, 2018): In an effort to provide opportunities for feedback on the Conference's draft strategic planning initiatives, a series of gatherings with consultant Cynthia Scherr has been organized for March 4-13. Gatherings will be held on Hawai‘i Island (Kona and Hilo), Maui, Moloka‘i, O‘ahu and Kaua‘i. Please be sure to review the draft of eight possible initiatives as well as the draft mission statement prior to the gatherings. If you are unable to attend, feel free to provide feedback by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.