The Friends of Saint-Pierre unveil their revitalization plan

The Friends of Saint-Pierre unveil their revitalization plan

Friends of St. Peter invites all church members to attend the next Täiskogu (congregational members) meeting at St. Peter’s Church, which will be held on November 12, 2022 at 1:00 p.m.

The Friends of St. Peter’s Church are pleased that the executive of St. Peter’s has acknowledged our 16-page business plan proposal presented to them.

They asked that we present it for discussion at the special meeting of the congregation (Täiskogu koosolek) convened on November 12, 2022, from 1:00 p.m. We believe this proposal should be available for everyone to review prior to the meeting. We have sent a copy to all members whose contact details have been provided to us. The plan is available for review on our website at www.friends-of-st-peters.com.

This draft proposed business plan takes into account your responses to a recent survey that we distributed. It is not meant to be a final draft, nor a formal proposal, but rather a document with which to begin working with the current church executive.

If you or your loved ones have been confirmed in Peetri Kirik but have not been active for the past 6 years (and have not received the invitation to the Church Executive meeting), please be encouraged over the next week at:

1. send a donation to the church by electronic transfer; and
2. send an e-mail to to notify them of the donation and their request to be added to the list of members.

Proposed Business Plan for St. Peter’s Church, Introduction

There is no easy way to remedy the problems that have beset this church. Unfortunately, much of this is due to the lack of proactive management over the years, either from a lack of management depth or simply being overwhelmed with issues that needed to be addressed.

A proposed budget by itself is not a “business plan”. A business plan is a process by which management commits to fixing problems, no matter how painful. A business plan requires organizational ability, commitment and hard work.

The business plan we have proposed requires hard work from the executive.
We have put together the elements of the plan, but the executive needs to recognize that it is ready to accept these elements before they are incorporated into a proposed budget. The information is all there. There are three steps to this process:

1. You just have to recognize how willing you are to live with it and
2. assess the likelihood that the financial objectives of each activity can be achieved
then
3. Integrate the result into the proposed budget worksheets.

It is unfortunate that we were unable to begin this process before the congregation was presented with an incomplete set of options two years ago. Without the benefit of considering a full business case and the option to address the issues facing the church, the congregation was asked to choose the “liquidation” option they preferred. This was concluded without understanding the consequences associated with the options presented.

Our proposal is based on the operating budget as presented in the audited financial statements dated December 31, 2021. We have since become aware of the backlog of renovations and capital repairs required by the church. There is no overall plan to address these issues. It almost seems that the executive council anticipated that these problems would go away if the church was put up for sale. Unfortunately, life doesn’t work that way. If the roof is leaking, you need to fix it. If you’re in violation of the fire code, you need to fix it. Time-sensitive physical problems cannot be deferred. The executive board should take a proactive management approach to managing the physical assets entrusted to it for maintenance. Lack of money is a problem.

Dealing with this is particularly difficult for an Estonian organization that prides itself on being self-sufficient. It’s hard, but we shouldn’t be shy about asking for help. Government funding and foundation grants are available for nonprofit organizations that focus on community benefits. By necessity, we have to adapt and become more of a community-oriented church rather than an exclusively Estonian church.

The full schedule is available here.

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