The Profile Committee began our journey together in January 2016. The purpose of the Profile is to discover who we are, why we are here and what we value about St. Luke’s. What are our hopes and dreams for the future? The end product is a Profile which prospective applicants will read as part of their discernment to see if their gifts match our needs. Click on the link below for the PowerPoint Introduction which was shared at our annual meeting on January 30th.
The kickoff for our profile was held on March 6, 2016, as we told the stories of St. Luke’s, from its beginning in 1897 to the present day. We heard stories of how we got here, from those who have been here a lifetime, to those who are brand new. We created a 14-foot Time Line set up by decades, and all were invited to fill in important dates in the life of our parish, the city of Long Beach, the Diocese, the National Church, National events and Global events. Some of us knew some of the story, but none of us knew the whole picture.
We have prepared two surveys to help us gather quantitative data about our parish. The first one, St Luke's Parish Demographic Survey, was gathered in February. Over 200 surveys were completed! Did you know we have slightly more females than males in the Parish? Or that 33% identify as LGBT? We are excited to share this information with you. To find out more about our parish, please check out the survey responses below! After all, this IS St Luke's!
We held a series of five small group meetings in which we gathered stories about the current ministries at St. Luke’s. The purpose was to discover what we value about our ministries, our strengths, what we need, and our hopes and dreams for the future, all of which will guide us in writing our Profile. Participants were invited to write their responses to three main questions about the ministry they wished to discuss, followed by a group conversation. Attendance total was 168 over 5 meetings, from 108 individuals.
By taking all of the data gathered into account, we will write a Profile draft. Once completed, it will be posted online for all to see and comment, including the final draft.
Layout and Production
The final version of the Profile will include photos and graphs, along with the information gathered.
Our final task is to have formal handoff of the document to the St. Luke's Search Committee.
Our intention is to engage the community as much as possible throughout this whole process. The more people we have participating, the more the profile will be an authentic representation of who we are as a church and a community.