Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my soul, says the Psalmist [Psalm 119:105].
These comforting words remind us that God directs our life. And yet, as Christians we know that we are privileged to share in our own salvation and therefore bear equal responsibility for the course of our life.
The entire extended family of St. Nersess Armenian Seminary--its dean, Board of Directors, alumni, students, supporters and friends--bearstewardship responsibility for the fulfillment of its mission. And for institutions that exist in the 21st century, this stewardship means professional strategic planning. At its last meeting in November, the Board of Directors commissioned a professional strategic plan, retaining Rev. Anthony Scott of Stewardship Associates, to coordinate this process.
For Institutions that Exists in the 21st Century Stewardship Means Professional Strategic Planning
Fr. Scott is an Eastern Orthodox priest and the former Chief Advancement Officer of St. Vladimir's Seminary, St. Nersess' sister seminary. Fr. Scott coordinated two strategic plans at St. Vladimir's and also oversaw a successful $20 million captial campaign. During the past six years, he has served as a consultant to 61 Eastern and Orthodox institutions, including several Armenian Church parishes, guiding them in captial campaigns, stewardship, leadership training and strategic planning.
"The goal of the Strategic Plan is to give credible specificity to the vision of St. Nersess," says Fr. Scott.
Fr. Daniel Findikyan, the Dean, added, "Fr. Anthony will assist the Board of Directors in a self-critical review of every aspect of the Seminary's operation. We will ask ourselves, What do we want St. Nersess to become?, and What concrete steps do we need to take in the coming months and years to achieve that aspiration?"
"Strategic Planning means exercising a choice for a preferred future," emphasized Fr. Scott. "Institutions that fail to exercise a choice for apreferred future are handed a default future--one that may be highly undesirable."
What are Your Thoughts?
St. Nersess belongs to the entire Armenian Church, and it serves the dioceses of North America most directly. One important component in the Strategic Planning process, will be to survey the Armenian Church faithful and to elicit their thoughts and suggestions as to how St. Nersess can improve in its stated mission of providing quality theological education and training for ordained and lay leaders of the Armenian Church of America.
We invite all interested friends of the Seminary to participate in the Strategic Planning Survey, which may be completed online in about fifteen minutes. If interested in taking this survey, please click here.