College Church 2020 Strategic Plan
ST. FRANCIS XAVIER COLLEGE CHURCH: FINAL PLAN, November 2, 2014
St. Francis Xavier (College) Church Mission Statement:
We, the members of St. Francis Xavier College Church, form a welcoming Jesuit parish community. As followers of Jesus Christ, we praise God, love our neighbors as ourselves, celebrate liturgy and the sacraments, engage in lifelong formation and proclaim God’s reign of justice, mercy and peace.
St. Francis Xavier College Church values:
Jesuit Identity: Embracing the spirituality, mission and leadership of the Society of Jesus.
Eucharist: Praying together, celebrating Eucharist and the other sacraments with reverence, dynamic Preaching and inspiring music.
Social Ministry: Living God’s message of love, compassion and mercy through our commitment to justice and service.
Unity in Diversity: Building and fostering a community unified to live as the Body of Christ and to proclaim God’s reign of justice, mercy and peace.
Stewardship: Giving, with generosity and gratitude, our talents and financial support to ensure that our parish fulfills its mission.
ST. FRANCIS XAVIER COLLEGE CHURCH VISION STATEMENT . . .
A diverse and welcoming community gathers to celebrate the greater glory of God in a prayerful, joyful spirit. The community is fully engaged and generously contributes time, talent and treasure to support its mission and ministries.
The community deepens, strengthens, and nurtures the faith of all parishioners through lifelong formation. Children are shown the first steps in their journey with Christ through exceptional religious education; parishioners are given opportunities to expand their understanding of current theology and spirituality; and RCIA participants are provided a path to Christ.
Parishioners generously participate in social ministries and service. The community coordinates outreach to the poor and is strongly devoted to social advocacy and public policy changes that advance its mission.
The community is thankful for collaborative partnerships with the Society of Jesus, Saint Louis University, and many other organizations and celebrates God’s love through reaching out to all.
I. To strengthen liturgy as the core of our parish family.
II. To build a loving and caring community.
III. To foster lifelong faith formation rooted in gospel values and Ignatian spirituality.
IV. To build up more effective and comprehensive works of charity, justice, and peacemaking.
V. To promote our ministry to and with young adults.
VI. To deepen our commitment to responsible financial stewardship.
VII. To develop a positive culture of servant leadership.
VIII. To establish new partnerships and improve collaboration with other organizations.