Mission Action Planning for Niagara – second update

Marlie Whittle

We have worked hard to ensure that the process of discovery and discernment at the Diocese of Niagara is inclusive and thorough. We are co-creating a vision for the future in which we can see ourselves and our parishes. 

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Our MAP Leadership Committee has gathered and analyzed data which will help us craft our Mission Action Plan.

The data collected about our external environment includes:

  • Angus Reid Studies on Religion in Canada
  • Canada Helps 2018 Giving Report
  • Statistics Canada’s Annual Demographic Estimates
  • Reports on Canada’s Rural population
  • Significant events, globally and nationally, that will drive change in our communities
  • Demographic statistics and trends by city/ town in the diocese
  • A total of nineteen ‘Community Discovery’ interviews with nonprofit organizations and service providers in our neighbourhoods
  • Focus groups and surveys about Community and Spirituality with people who are currently not in our churches
  • We have listened and learned about what is happening in the Diocese of Niagara through:
  • Four (4) open forum sessions throughout the diocese, attended by over 300 people
  • Ten (10) face-to-face interviews with staff, clergy or volunteers about the history and current direction of the diocese
  • 301 surveys submitted containing the opinions, hopes and dreams of clergy and lay people in every region of the diocese
  • A thorough financial analysis to determine the health of the diocese

Stay informed! We will be sending out MAP updates through our monthly Diocesan E-news, which you can sign up for at the Diocese of Niagara’s website, and through Facebook and Twitter.

Marlie Whittle is Business Development Associate & Consultant to Nonprofits, M&M International.