A Most Joyous Time for St. Peter’s!

A Most Joyous Time for St. Peter’s!

Last Sunday, June 4th, over 80 parishioners heard the Goals and Recommendations of our long range planning, presented during the Rector’s Forum, by The Planning Committee. These Six Goals and their accompanying Recommendations are the results of the “Lift Us to the Joy Divine”  Listening Sessions, Interviews, and online survey that took place over the last three months.

The conversation is far from over!  Pastor Luke Jernagan and members of the Planning Committee will continue to engage parishioners in this process during the June Rector’s Forum.

June 11th – Goals 1 and 2
June 18th – Goals  3 and 4
June 25th – Goals 5 and 6

We invite and encourage you to come and learn, discuss and envision!


GOAL 1:  Deepen participation and build ownership in our parish life


  • Create opportunities for parishioners to engage and remove barriers to participation
  • Increase opportunities to learn about our faith through educational programs, such as the Rector’s Forum
  • Capitalize on the strengths of the parish, such as the liturgy and the music

GOAL 2:  Deepen our involvement through service to our greater community – those close by, in our region and throughout our world


  • Provide meaningful engagement and active participation with our four outreach ministries
  • Increase our understanding of and interaction with the great diversity of the St. Louis region
  • Become more comfortable discussing and addressing societal issues
  • Foster our personal growth and spirituality through increased involvement with the greater St. Louis community

GOAL 3:   Continue to build on the welcoming and vibrant nature of our parish


  • Share the good news
  • Increase awareness of our many ministries
  • Consider the feasibility of establishing a faith-based early childhood education center open to all faith traditions

GOAL 4:  Reimagine and develop a campus that more effectively fosters parish life


  • Renovate and maximize current space for growing participation
  • Expand our campus to provide ample appropriate and effective space
  • Design the external look of the campus to be more open and welcoming
  • Ensure the campus is accessible to all
  • Utilize technology to create an open environment
  • Build the endowment to cover the ongoing costs of the buildings

GOAL 5:  Support parish activity through further developing St. Peter’s stewardship program


  • Define and communicate the impact of giving to St. Peter’s
  • Implement a planned giving program
  • Solicit “tribute” or “honorary” gifts
  • Provide frequent, transparent financial reports

GOAL 6:  Further develop our organizational structure and systems 


  • Consider staffing and volunteer needs
  • Improve effectiveness and efficiency though upgraded data systems, collection and use
  • Develop and implement a communications strategy that reaches St. Peter’s many audiences

The Planning Committee
Brig Buettner
Catherine Coughlin
Jeanie Davis
Jay Gatz
Mary Lange
Charlie Peters

Laurie Haffenreffer, Chair
The Reverend Luke Jernagan