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Dear St. James Parishioners,

We now have the results of our parish-wide survey. Your response exceeded all our expectations. Over 349 parishioners filled out the survey. Approximately 250 parishioners answered 100% of the questions and wrote literally thousands of comments. The consultant assisting the Strategic Planning Committee tells us that he has never witnessed such an overwhelming response to a church survey.

The love for our church and church family is obvious as one plows through the survey answers and comments. Members of St. James wanted to speak and wanted an opportunity to provide input. We are blessed to have each other and our rich tradition. At the same moment, we see the need to look into the future, react to changing trends and set forth a plan to grow our church family and to bring more people to Christ.

What is next? The Strategic Planning Committee - with our consultant - is preparing a survey summary that will be made available to the entire parish. The complete survey will also be available online after April 1. A workshop will be held to review the survey and the work of eight hard-working task forces. From the workshop, a strategic plan will be developed that will then be presented at Town Hall meetings for the entire parish on May 2 and 6.

The above is only the beginning. Implementation of the plan will take place over the following months and years.

Thank you for your wonderful cooperation. The committee has heard your voices and appreciates your passion for St. James.

In closing, I want to thank the hard work of our committee and especially the leadership of its chair - Lolly Martin. Lolly is not only a pro in the field of planning, she also loves St. James as do our committee members:

Bob Bowsher
Pat Broderick
Charlie Frey
Chris Frink
Lee Griffin
Mark Holland
Lolly Martin
Nancy Jo Poirrier

More later.

Lee Griffin
Lee Griffin
Senior Warden

St. James Episcopal Church | PO Box 126 | Baton Rouge LA 70821

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