As we begin our church and school years, ONCET is beginning it’s major work around visioning and planning this fall. We are thrilled to provide you with a few updates on what we have accomplished and what is next for YOU:
1. We have hired two facilitators to help us with visioning and implementation planning.
Jim Hartrich and Renee Liabraaten were introduced on Homecoming Sunday. See bios below.
They will combine their experiences in the corporate and church world to guide us and objectively support us on this journey.
2. Deacons, Trustees, and Council have been interviewed to start to document our values and collect our hopes for the future
3. YOUR VOICE will now be captured. Dates to follow next month.
In the month(s) ahead, you will have opportunities to meet either individually or as a group to share your love of South Church and your hopes for our future: big and small
ONCET will host a variety of house gatherings
Renee Liabraaten will conduct individual and group interviews
4. This Spring, we will translate our vision and goals for the future into a strategic, achievable implementation plan through a church wide action planning process.
Many of us recently heard Dr. Mary Luti preach. Her message of aspiring for greatness of purpose as a congregation was inspiring. Click here if you would like to see it for yourself. We feel inspired about OUR journey ahead and can not wait to take this next step together!
Lenore Price and Ted Harris
Co-chairs of ONCET
Jim Hartrich President, The Osgood Group
Jim Hartrich is President and founder of The Osgood Group, a brand strategy and marketing consultancy whose specialty is helping small to medium-sized organizations conquer the many challenges associated with managing brands in transition.
Prior to founding The Osgood Group, Jim was Executive Vice President, Managing Partner at Mullen Advertising in Boston, a firm ranked in the top 20 nationally.
With over 30 years in marketing and advertising, Jim has extensive experience in helping organizations across a variety of industries create winning strategies and and successful implementation programs. He’s worked with well-established brands such as BMW, Weight Watchers, Timberland, SJ Johnson and Ocean Spray, as well as with fledgeling start-ups and not-for-profit organizations.
Jim also brings some relevant perspective to the table. Way back in the 1960’s, Jim used to live in Andover and was a member of South Church.
Pastor Renee LiaBraaten
Pastor Renée LiaBraaten has a passion for helping congregations articulate their mission and fund their ministries. She started Renaissance Consulting in 2015 and currently serves as the Associate to the Bishop for Generosity in the New England Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She served as a parish pastor for 14 years before serving as a stewardship consultant with Kairos and Associates for 15 years. She has extensive experience in leading congregations of all sizes through customized stewardship, capital funding and visioning programs. Renee is a graduate of Concordia College, Moorhead, MN and Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, IA. She has worked in Estonia and Latvia raising funds and organizing summer work projects to help rebuild churches in the Baltic States. She has been a stewardship keynote speaker and workshop leader at regional gatherings, conferences, synod assemblies and convocations throughout New England and Pennsylvania. Renée lives on the coast of Maine with her husband, Jerry, a retired ELCA pastor.