Strategic Initiatives

An outgrowth of the “season of discernment” in 2010 that affirmed our core values, we have also made a commitment to engaging four strategic initiatives as a congregation. Each initiative has been developed with detailed goal statements and responsibilities. Here they are in brief summary.

Small Groups

Through our self-study we discovered a heartfelt desire for deeper relationships with one another and with God. We envision a church in which every person has the opportunity to connect to others, engage in mission, and grow in faith by belonging to an intentional small group. By offering resources and support to foster a significant small group experience, Plymouth will provide a place where people can belong.


Our relationship to our possessions is one of the most challenging spiritual issues of our lives. We envision a church in which every member, family and participant understands and embraces the joyful responsibility of sharing our gifts. By grounding our giving in the recognition of God’s abundant grace, we will create a culture of extravagant and joyful generosity.


It is a challenge for all of us to talk about our faith with passion and clarity. We envision a church in which every member is encouraged and equipped to share the good news about God’s work in our midst. The people of Plymouth will be empowered to carry our distinctive message beyond the walls of the church, letting our light shine and drawing new people into our community.

Families with Children

The success of Stepping Stones has whetted our appetite for faith practices, particularly worship, in which families can engage together. We envision a church in which children are cherished: nurtured in faith, encouraged to share their gifts and integrated into the life of the congregation. Plymouth will enable parents to practice their faith with their children and will welcome children’s contribution to the life of the church.


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  EDITORIAL NOTE: This weekend, we will wrap up our Rooted in Creation Series and hear Mary Kate Buchanan’s very first sermon at Plymouth Church! In the meantime, here is text of my sermon from the Saturday July 13 and Sunday July 14.    Revelation 22:1-5 Then the angel showed me the river of the... Read More

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Don’t miss a single piece of programming at Plymouth Church this summer! Our Summer Program Guide 2019 includes everything happening for every age. Pick up a copy in the church’s literature racks, or download a PDF copy by clicking here.... Read More

The Preaching of Paul and a Punk Rock Song: Acts 13 and 14

  This week’s Scripture reading reminds me of a punk rock song. No, seriously. Belfast’s own Stiff Little Fingers has a song called “Nobody’s Hero.” It’s a (loud, angry) reminder that human beings have a habit of trusting too much in mere mortals. But the thing is: you don’t need a punk rock song to... Read More

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