Archdiocesan Strategic Planning Process
In February of 2009, Archbishop John C. Nienstedt appointed the Strategic Planning Task Force to gather input, analyze data, and draft recommendations regarding structural changes and strategic initiatives to further the mission of the Church in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.
In the spring of 2009, priests began meeting in deaneries to draft proposals to the Strategic Planning Task Force outlining potential structural changes.
During the summer and fall of 2009, the archdiocesan Office of Parish Services facilitated eight leadership meetings, eleven regional parishioner meetings, and more than 20 ministry group meetings to gather input for the Strategic Planning Task Force’s consideration. Input was also collected via letters, a voicemail hotline in English and Spanish, and a web comment form in English, French, Korean, Spanish and Vietnamese. Thousands of people, including pastors, parish and Catholic school leaders and staff, parishioners, and Catholic school families shared their hopes and concerns.
In the early summer of 2010, the Strategic Planning Task Force submitted its recommendations to the Archbishop for his evaluation.
During the summer and early fall of 2010, the Archbishop considered task force recommendations when making strategic planning decisions, in consultation with the Presbyteral Council, financial advisors, and other groups.
In October of 2010, decisions regarding strategic planning were announced. An appeal process was announced as part of the Strategic Plan.