As we look to the next seven years, we have defined goals and actions that will guide our direction and prioritize how we deploy our time, talent, and resources. These goals and actions will all have implications that we will need to appreciate and address.

We will PROCLAIM the Good News of God in Christ as disciples engaged in worship, prayer, example, study, and the arts. We will be a welcoming community that opens its space, invites people to God’s table through liturgy and education, and expands its role as a spiritual home through downtown partnerships, small group study, and developing a presence across the Nashville community.

Actions we will take include:
• Opening the doors of Christ Church during weekday business hours. This will serve to invite people into this space to find solace, reflection, and relief.
• Forging and nourishing new congregational partnerships, such as Gordon Memorial United Methodist Church, NOAH, and the Downtown Ministerial Alliance.
• Anchoring all Sunday School offerings in the applications of faith found in the Episcopal Church and Book of Common Prayer.
• Creating neighborhood-based bible studies, prayer groups, and home gatherings.
• Reviewing and reforming Christ Church Cathedral’s internal and external communication strategies.

We will SEEK to know Christ more fully and each other more deeply across generations, families, and neighborhoods. We will engage each other through parish-wide and more intimate small group gatherings. This will include reaching across generations through efforts to reach outside the Christ Church community, involving youth, seniors, and young families in the community life of the Church and being attentive to the strengths, capacities, and needs of the long-time parishioner and newcomer alike.

Actions we will take include:
• Mounting two parish-wide annual social events supplemented by parish-wide service opportunities.
• Ordering a new pictorial directory supplemented by a thorough update of the parish database.
• Developing a ride-sharing ministry using parish resources or parish-funded outside resources.
• Nurturing and renewing small group ministry and sharing through social, inter-generational, and faith inquiry opportunities.
• Building on relationships with local retirement communities.
• Celebrating and enhancing participation of children and youth in the ministry and life of the congregation.
• Growing parish-wide awareness and ownership of civic, cultural arts, and seasonal events.

We will SERVE the stranger, welcome the guest, support the underserved, and shield the vulnerable. We will be known for our commitment to servanthood and will teach the imitation of Christ as servant by exploring and confirming current and emerging outreach ministries. We will also expand opportunities for pastoral care that serve the Christ Church community as well as global and local communities.

Actions we will take include:
• Lifting up the role of Deacon by having three Deacons on staff within four years.
• Developing further the Tithe of Time and Service Card programs to connect parishioners with opportunities to serve, including website work already in progress.
• Researching Intentional Christian Community opportunities in partnership with other downtown churches.
• Bringing a new global partnership, like that in Haiti, to fruition.
• Researching the need and feasibility for a Child Care Center.
• Offering a Parent’s Morning Out program.
• Exploring a Refugee Resettlement ministry.
• Expanding the prison visitation program.

The goals and actions above will have broad implications that will need to be reviewed, prioritized, and addressed. A detailed implementation plan will need to be developed such that we address these implications in a measured and well-planned way.

Implications include:

• An assessment of the state of the current campus, including maintenance needs, and the cost to address them.
• New, more flexible gathering spaces built to accommodate large and small groups.
• A new kitchen that will serve large groups, including feeding those in need of food and shelter as well as those at parish-wide social gatherings.
• Space that will allow for expanded temporary overnight housing for those experiencing homelessness and support for the homeless and refugee communities.
• Education space for adult, youth, and child education, including space for child care.
• Parking that is available, adequate, and secure.

• Development and communication of an Operating Budget plan that reflects prioritized program and staff needs to support the rollout of the Strategic Plan over the next seven years.
• Study of the readiness for, and feasibility of, a Capital Campaign that addresses changes needed to the campus and a timeline to accomplish them.

• Commission review and prioritization of current programs and program additions based on the actions outlined in the Strategic Plan.

• Paid staffing plan that includes competencies and headcount needed to support the additional program and facility needs.
• Volunteer “recruitment” plan that reflects active parish ownership of in-reach and outreach events and programs.

The Strategic Plan we have outlined has the consensus support of Christ Church Cathedral leadership in response to parish-wide input and is a call to action for the congregation. We expect that what we have presented here will guide us over the next few years as we work together to fulfill our mission. The plan will and should be flexible as priorities change and new opportunities present themselves that support the goals we have identified…That generations to come might know…the deeds of God.

Institutional Readiness Study
In January of 2017, the Cathedral will embark upon an Institutional Readiness Study conducted by an outside consulting firm. The study will analyze the Cathedral’s capacity for conducting a successful major gifts effort. If it is determined that the Cathedral is indeed prepared for such an undertaking, a Developmental/Feasibility Study is the next step. This study will assist the implementation committee in determining the feasibility of raising a specific dollar goal and present strategies for both short-term and long-range fundraising development. Once this determination is made, a capital campaign is the next step in helping secure the funds necessary to accomplish the capital needs as identified by the Strategic Plan of January 2017.

Strategic Plan Timeline

Christ Church Cathedral Strategic Planning Implementation Committee:

Tyler Yarbro, Chair, 615-496-9851,

Ed Burgess, Convenor, 615-430-6348,
Rebecca Collins, Capital Campaign
Dale Maxfield, Treasurer
Jill Meese, 2018 Pledge Drive
Charlie Cook, III, Vestry Representative

Timothy Kimbrough, Convenor
Sam Bessey, Chair, 615-405-623,
Commission Chairs:
Donna Nicely, Cathedral Life
Cynthia Curtis, Liturgy
Holly McCathren, Christian Formation
Phil LeGrone, Outreach
John/Catherine Teasley, Parish Life
Dawn Edwards, Evangelism
Debbie Webster, Pastoral Care
Donald McKenzie, Administration

Campus Concerns:
Michael Hasty, Convenor,
The Reverend Matthew Lewis, Clergy Representative
Ken Sheesley, Building/Grounds
Ellen Wright, Third Party Working Group
Burgin Dossett, Architecture Group
Mary Herbert Kelly, Vestry Representative

Anna Noser, Convenor, 615-812-0680,
The Reverend Matthew Lewis, Clergy Representative
Dianne Green, Staff Representative
Capell Simmons
Tameron Hedge, Vestry Representative
Rob McDonald