from the Center for Strategic Planning
Saint Andrew’s School
Five-year strategic planning process for this flagship Southeast Florida Episcopal college preparatory day/boarding school resulted in a plan focusing on building community and living into its new role as a K-12 school from its former position as a grades 6-12 school.
This planning process yielded a first-ever vision statement, a refined mission statement that included foundational elements of Episcopal and boarding school heritage, a first-ever statement of core values and 163 strategic initiatives to be executed over the next five years.
Chapel of Saint Andrew in the Year 2006
Five year strategic plan for this purpose-driven congregation featured a first-ever set of Core Values Statements, a revised vision statement and 143 strategic initiatives.
A new dawn…the Diocese of Southeast Florida has embraced a new bishop with a new vision. Bishop Leo Frade described his vision of the future to an audience of more than 1000 First Step Conference attendees who then met in small groups to reflect on vision themes. View the analysis of the small group data prepared by the Center for Strategic Planning and presented in this article that ran in the June 2001 issue of the Diocesan monthly newspaper The Net.
First Step participants pledge support, call for training
By Christina Drouin
For the nearly 1100 diocesan leaders who came to hear Bishop Frade speak about a new era, the call away from maintenance toward mission not only captured their attention, but also challenged their imaginations. It was at the same time ripe with opportunity and full of risk.
What did this leadership group hear that day? What do they see as the key challenges? What do they need to overcome them? Will they help? As groups of up to twenty gathered to explore one of twelve core vision topics, their conversations were recorded by a scribe and later studied for the story they told. And while the indicators that follow are representative, they do not constitute the total body of knowledge of the First Step attendees’ group sessions. The assortment reported on here is intended to be full and fair in its overall portrayal of reactions to Bishop Frade’s introduction of a future vision for the Diocese of Southeast Florida.
Written records of First Step small group session dialogue point to several common themes. Attendees expressed broad support both of Bishop Frade and a new vision of the Diocese of Southeast Florida as a mission diocese. They say they are willing to change and try new things. They see a future of empowered laity, diversity, teamwork on all fronts, and a coordinated diocesan approach. They are willing to engage in self-development and discipleship, and indicate that they would respond positively to learning and training opportunities. They value prayer and trust in God.
Challenges and opportunities
Looking ahead, teamwork will be a key challenge. Participants say congregations not only need and want to work with the diocese, but need and want to work with one another. They see the diocese playing a central role as a clearinghouse of information on who’s doing what and what’s working where.
Participants identify areas of anticipated insufficiency as key challenges. Some are concerned about not having enough clergy, others about not having enough lay leadership. Many see insufficient knowledge and skills among the laity as key challenges in moving from maintenance to mission, making the call for empowerment and enabling leadership through education and training unmistakable. According to this leadership group, training and education are lynchpin issues in enabling the new vision. Participants say they want to step out of their comfort zones in evangelism, discipleship and diversity. But in order to do so, they need and want training – everything from workshops in sensitivity training to courses in the history of the Episcopal Church. Identified training needs include:
- what it means to be an Episcopalian
- the history of the Episcopal Church
- Anglican tradition
- a literature series on Classic Anglicanism
- leadership and empowerment seminars
- sensitivity training regarding diversity
- more formation classes
- workshops to understand the cultural needs of each parish
- evangelism skills to reach out
- vestry training
Plant new churches and increase visibility
New church plantings were called for in Pembroke Pines, Royal Palm Beach and Northwest Miami-Dade. The need for a Haitian church was also recorded. In addition to acquiring land for new churches, particularly west of I95, some would like to see money spent in mass communications such as advertising and web site development and promotion.
What will you commit to do in your congregation?
This leadership group seemed to connect to the vision on a personal level, with many pledging their prayers and others expressing their support with healthy lists of activities ranging from broad to specific. According to their commitments we can expect to see these diocesan leaders sharing the First Step with others, moving forward, trying new things, canvassing neighborhoods, baking and delivering bread to visitors, getting involved, making one-on-one contact, getting out into the community, and pushing hard in their own congregation for the next step.
New Vision Statement
Saint Andrew’s School will embrace the educational challenges and opportunities of the future within the framework of our traditional Episcopal school education of developing and nurturing each student in mind, body and spirit. We will value the individuality of all community members and instill a global perspective that all may seek and find the best of the human spirit in themselves and others.
Updated Mission Statement
Saint Andrew’s School is an Episcopal K-12 day and boarding college preparatory school whose mission is to build a community of learners, to provide excellence in education, and to nurture the whole child in three areas:
Mind – By developing a strong academic foundation, encouraging enlightened self-expression, building critical thinking skills, and instilling a lifelong love of learning.
Body – By emphasizing the importance of physical fitness, teamwork, competition, sportsmanship and self-discipline in the achievement of physical and emotional well-being.
Spirit – By building the spiritual, moral and ethical contexts that will guide students through a lifetime of choices inspired by a commitment to honor, integrity and social responsibility.
Statement of Core Values
- We are all members of a community.
- Teaching, character education, individual self-actualization and college preparation are our primary missions and are interrelated.
- We believe in a triad of whole child growth and development in mind, body and spirit.
- We value individual differences, cultures, customs, and beliefs while searching for points of unity in our common humanity.
- We value academic freedom and innovation and believe that the relationship between teacher and student is at the core of learning.
- We apply the standards of excellence, quality and relevance to all we do.
- Enhancement of happiness and fulfillment of each community member are important.
- We must provide a challenging academic environment.
- We must foster intellectual and artistic curiosity and creativity.
- We must be good stewards and present our individual gifts as offerings of community service.
- Education must be a lifelong pursuit.
- We must have all members of the community participate.
Strategic Goal 1: Provide a challenging and supportive cross-cultural learning environment that fosters excellence in education of mind, body and spirit and a love of learning in a K-12 Episcopal community of lifelong learners.
Strategic Goal 2: Recruit and retain a diverse community of outstanding students, faculty, and staff.
Strategic Goal 3: Create a physical environment that reflects our expectation of excellence and encourages interaction among a diverse population.
Strategic Goal 4: Strengthen the overall Saint Andrew’s community by creating an environment of honor and respect valuing personal interaction.
Strategic Goal 5: Identify, seek, develop and allocate resources on the basis of mission value.
Strategic Goal 6: Develop strategic alliances in the greater community with educational institutions, social service organizations, and businesses.
Developed by the Center’s director and based on research results from all constituency groups at Saint Andrew’s School in Boca Raton, this faculty ad campaign was awarded a 1998 Gold Medal for Print Advertising by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).
The campaign rolled out as a full-page color ad series in Boca Raton Magazine for two years. It was designed with four key outcomes in mind:
- To serve as a dramatic “over the edge” affirmation for faculty of the importance of their roles in the educational experience at the school
- To serve as a high profile institutional campaign to validate for Saint Andrew’s parents their school choice and give them a tangible “brag” piece when referring prospective families
- To position Saint Andrew’s as a school where dedicated and expert faculty are at the heart of the learning experience and have long-term transformational impact on the lives of their students
- To build community and affirm for all the mutuality of roles all play in a community of learners.
Upon publication, several copies of each ad in the series were laminated and given to featured faculty member and student, as well as posted in the head of school’s office, faculty work areas, admission office, reception areas of each division, and in the development office.