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Strategic Visioning Project 2022-2023

The Episcopal Diocese of Newark is launching a visioning process in September 2022. A team of members from across the diocese will work together to understand what is happening in the diocese now, collect ideas, and develop a new vision for the diocese with priorities, goals, and recommended actions to meet those goals.

The first phase of the process will include holding listening sessions for every congregation, so that the Visioning Team can understand the strength of our ministries, the challenges we face, and the opportunities that we might pursue.

Phase two, which runs concurrently with the last two months of phase one, encompasses revisiting the current mission statement and developing new mission and vision statements. We will use the new statements, as well as the information gathered at this point, to establish the priority areas for the new vision.

At the beginning of 2023, the Visioning Team will form additional working teams, one for each priority area, to set goals and identify actions to reach those goals. This work will last through April 2023.

During the final phase, the visioning team will review the proposals from the working teams and prepare the final recommendations with goals, cost estimates, next steps for implementation, and assignments. They will then forward the recommendations to diocesan leadership for review and approval.

Check this page for updates about our visioning process.


2022 September
Kick off visioning process and review of the status of the diocese
October & November
Congregational listening sessions, leadership interviews and development of new mission and vision statements
Analysis of listening session responses and determination of priority areas for the strategic vision
2023 January-April
Formation of working groups for the priority areas, additional research, and development of goals and next steps
Final recommendations reported to diocesan leadership for review and approval

Meet our Strategic Visioning Consultant

Consultant Katie Ong will be guiding the visioning team through this process by organizing team meetings, gathering and synthesizing information to help them in their work, preparing written reports for diocesan leadership, communicating with all of the working teams, and keeping everyone on track to meet our timeline.

Katie has done strategic visioning with various organizations as a board member, staff member, and consultant. In 2021, she guided the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri in a visioning process, while this year, she helped the leadership of Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis to form their own complementary plan. From 2011 to 2019, she worked with the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio to create Bellwether Farm Camp, Retreat, and Education Center.