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Conference Begins Strategic Planning Process

In response to a recent assessment of the Hawai‘i Conference and the Hawai‘i Conference Foundation, 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

Starting in September 2017, the Conference will be developing a strategic plan to guide its future. A strategic planning consultant, Cynthia Scherr, has been 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 formed small groups to write prayers for strategic planning, which were read aloud to the entire body. 


(Prayers will be posted soon)


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.


What’s Next?

  • Strategic Planning Team Appointed: The Conference Council has appointed a strategy team to work with consultant Cynthia Scherr and incoming 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 strategy 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, will be the guest speaker at the O‘ahu Association clergy gathering on Monday, October 16, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Conference Office.


  • Conference Holds Open Meetings: Open meetings about the strategic planning process will be held in March 2018 on O‘ahu, Maui, Kaua‘i and Hawai‘i Island. Please subscribe to the Coconut Wireless for details on dates and locations. Updates will also be posted here.

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