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Hawai'i Conference Strategic Planning

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‘āina. This webpage contains updates about the process.


'Aha Approves Strategic Plan
At the 196th 'Aha Pae'āina held in June 2018 on O'ahu, delegates overwhelmingly approved the Strategic Plan, including new mission and vision statements, that will guide our Conference, Associations and local churches over the next 10 years. Mahalo to consultant Cynthia Scherr and the Strategy Team for all of their hard work and effort as they crafted, listened, revised, thoughtfully considered, and prayed over this past year.

(Updates in reverse chronological order)

Strategic Plan 2018-2028: The Conference Council, at their meeting on May 19, 2018, voted to approve a final draft of the Strategic Plan and forward it to the upcoming 'Aha Pae'āina for consideration by delegates. Read an accompanying letter from Conference Council Chair Iese Tuao. Registered delegates to the 'Aha Pae'āina will received a hard copy of the Strategic Plan in the mail.



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Strategic Initiatives 2018-2028

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1. Training and spiritual formation
Provide paths for leadership development, theological education and spiritual growth that include all cultures and generations.


2. Mission-based financial stewardship
Prioritize our Conference funds and other resources to support our collective vision.


3. Expansive concept of Church
Actively support new or different ways of “being church.”


4. Gifts and wisdom of the next generation
Ensure that people under 40 are welcomed, inspired and free to give full expression of their faith (even if it looks different).


5. Prophets in our time
As Christians, boldly and publicly address social and environmental justice and peace issues.


6. Live aloha
Strengthen our relationships as members of local churches, Associations and the Conference.


7. Organizational support of vision
Examine and then align the governance and committee structure within the Conference to be more inclusive, participatory and effective.

8. Innovation and engagement
Innovation & Engagement was birthed out of a desire to provoke and support congregations in the HCUCC to create the church we want to be in the future.


Huaka‘i Saili Matagi: Finding Our Way Forward
In February 2018, a draft of eight possible strategic initiatives (see below) was developed for the Conference. In an effort to provide opportunities for feedback, 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 initiatives as well as the draft mission statement (see below) prior to the gatherings. If you are unable to attend, feel free to provide feedback by emailing


About the strategic planning 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.


Cynthia Scherr, Consultant

Cynthia Scherr leads inspiring, practical strategic planning processes and leadership development programs for organizations with complex challenges. Read her biographical profile.


Strategic Planning Team

The Conference Council appointed a Strategic Planning Team to provide insight, guidance and connection with congregations while working with consultant Cynthia Scherr.


Team Members

Gabrielle Chavez (Interim Conference Minister)

Jack Belsom (Waiola UCC)

Robinson Fredrick (Central Union Church, Pohnpei Ministry)

Mary Herbig (Central Union Church)

Roberta Jahrling (Kaumakapili Church)

Wryen Keoki Kiwaha (Puka'ana Congregational Church)

Jeannie Thompson (Kapa'a UCC)

Iese Tuuao (Samoan Church of Hawai‘i, LMS, Nanakuli)

Lori Yamashiro (Conference staff)

Prayers: How will we begin our spiritual strategic journey?

Jeannie Thompson, member of the Strategic Planning Team, has compiled prayers for strategic planning written by attendees of the 195th ‘Aha Pae‘āina in June 2017. Also included is a song written by Papa Makua Kenneth Makuakane, “Ke Akua Mana Loa.” Feel free to use these prayers at your gatherings and mokupuni meetings.

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