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The St Martin’s Action Plan 2014-17: a draft outline

News St Martin – Talking Points

Friday 21 February 2014

The PCC and SMITFL board have been working since the autumn on a new, cross-site Action Plan for 2014-17. Next Sunday, 2 March, during coffee after the 10.00am service, spokespersons for all 18 of the likely proposals will be available to listen, explain, discuss and share ideas about these projects that may have a significant role to play in St Martin’s future. Below are the 18 likely proposals:


Summary

St Martin-in-the-Fields seeks to be a blessing to church, world, and kingdom by deepening and broadening its programmes, incubating new projects, and becoming an exemplary organisation.

  • Deepening and broadening our programmes

We want to become even better at what we are already good at. St Martin-in-the-Fields is a nationally- and internationally-recognised institution rooted in a vibrant congregational life. We seek to become more than the sum of our parts by enhancing the already lively cross-fertilisation within our organisation and allowing existing programmes to develop new expressions. We seek to renew our congregational life, extend our commercial range, stretch our musical imagination, develop our wider ministry, make our methods more widely available, and model a new social vision.

  • Incubating new projects

We seek to continue our tradition of cultivating social ideas until they reach institutional form. New projects arise from four sources: some arise from our location; others emerge out of the logic of our commitments; others again come from our existing partnerships and neighbours; and a final set derive from our search for new partners. We don’t seek new projects for their own sake: we aim to participate in and convene healthy conversations and to let new initiatives emerge creatively and organically from those conversations.

  • Becoming an exemplary organisation

Exemplary organisations have an admirable and inspiring ethos, embody it in their operations, monitor their performance through good governance, cherish their people, communicate their purpose, embrace a range of partners, share their wisdom, and thus attract engagement, participation, commitment, support, and imitation. We seek to become widely and rightly recognised as a leader in what it means to be a well-run organisation.


Key Outcomes and Projects

1.     Deepening and broadening our programmes

St Martin’s seeks to be a community where people encounter and engage in a vibrant congregational life, vigorous commercial activities, and exciting and popular events, and where a growing circle of people can access ministry and discover a new social vision.

Outcomes

Projects

Proposers

A flourishing and permeable core community

Develop a new pattern for Wednesday nights, including Bread on the Edge weekly at 6.30 p.m., followed by fellowship evening

Katherine Hedderly

Richard Carter

Worship enriched by music

Continue to develop and nurture the Choir of St Martin’s as a key part of our worshiping life, and grow the Occasional Singers into more vibrant stand-alone group

Andrew Earis

 

Regular personal encounters with God in the stranger

Deepen and extend the ministry of the Sunday International Group

Richard Carter

James Johnston

 

Timely and creative business development

Offer administrative functions – e.g. HR, estate management, project management, marketing – to other organisations to encourage and to generate income

Allyson Hargreaves

Katherine Hedderly Matthew Whalley

Ryan Tyler

Nadine Swaffield

Thrilling concerts

Create, promote and establish a concert series which combines its present commercial and artistic success with creative, spiritual, and commercial growth and develops a distinctive SMITF house style

Andrew Earis

Adenike Olufemi Caroline Molloy

Whole-site festivals

Coordinate planning between art, music, and education to enhance whole-site festivals and programmes, especially around the Patronal season and Holy Week; plan activities where different elements of St Martin’s can work in partnership to deliver events

Richard Carter

Julie Emig

 

Global ministry

Becoming a frequent broadcaster with existing partners (e.g. BBC), new partners (e.g. Classic FM), and in our own right, and offering webcasts of major events, services, sermons

Matthew Whalley

Katherine Hedderly Ally Hargreaves

Emerging Social Vision

Continue to develop signal events and programmes around inclusion

Ali Lyon

Clare Herbert

 

2.    Incubating New Projects

St Martin’s seeks to nurture new social ideas into institutional form by building on its existing commitments, capitalising on its neighbourhood relationships, and seeking new partnerships.

Outcomes

Projects

Proposers

A new social enterprise

A partnership between SMITFL, CSTM and VRF designed to provide employment and stability for formerly homeless people

Tim Bissett

Ally Hargreaves

Nadine Swaffield

Julie Emig

Ladka Cervena

A fertile culture for social entrepreneurship

Offer annual prize for in partnership with BBC, PwC, Coutts and Institute of Directors

Chris Cowls

 

Imaginative and sustainable paths out of poverty

Expand VRF and support partners to address presenting needs such as payday loans

Tim Bissett

Matthew Morrison

Modelling shared mission

Form medium-term partnership with St Stephen’s, Walbrook along liturgical, musical, commercial, and perhaps broadcasting and charitable lines

Rod Beadles

Gillie Pascoe

James Johnston

Ryan Tyler

Luis Martins

Nadine Swaffield

 

3.    Becoming an exemplary organisation

St Martin’s seeks to practice exemplary governance, to have dynamic and motivated staff and volunteers, to offer clear and consistent messages, to enjoy glad and grateful neighbours, and accordingly to receive growing support.

Outcomes

Projects

Proposers

Exemplary governance

Establish a simple and uniformly-adopted code of practice across all boards, committees, and groups with clear expectations, enthusiastically met

Sam Wells

 

Flexible administration

Develop an administrative spine to optimise synergy and free the commercial enterprise from administrative responsibilities 

Stan Chan

Ryan Tyler

Nadine Swaffield

Dynamic and motivated staff and volunteers

Ensure wage policy is a source of pride to the organisation, sustainability to the balance sheet and satisfaction to the staff

Ally Hargreaves

Will Charnley

Tim Bissett

Nadine Swaffield

Idris Omer

Minimal ecological footprint

Attain appropriate accreditation for sustainability

Philippa Garety

Martin Haigh

Alex Hilton

Godwin To

Tim Bissett

Ryan Tyler

Eager engagement with issues of global justice

Continue to monitor fair trade lines and introduce as appropriate to ethos, quality, price, and customer demand

Catherine Jackson

Ally Hargreaves

Ryan Tyler

Luis Martins

Diane Rome

Adam Ismael

Growing support

Build endowment to £4.5m target and renew congregational stewardship

Will Morris