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Apply to the Strategy Area Committees

The strategy area committees are each accepting applications for new members. Members are appointed to a 3 year term on each committee and work with policy and implementation of our Strategic Plan. If you would like to be considered for membership on one of these committees, please download and complete an application by October 25:

For such a time as this

We are building a stronger synod:

The 2012 Synod Assembly approved this strategic plan to direct the work and resources of our synod for the next decade.

Download the approved 2013-2023 Strategic Plan:

View the charges for the strategy areas.

Download the 2015 Strategic Plan Update.

Hear what people are saying about the work of our strategic plan:


We are strengthening congregations and leaders:

Already our strategic plan has provided opportunities to provide spiritual formation, grants, and greater support for our leaders and congregations. 


Marked with the cross of Christ forever,
we are claimed, gathered, and sent for the sake of the world.


Strategic Plan Leaders



Ms. Maria del Toro
Chair of the Strategic Plan and MNYS Vice President
Member of Saint Peter's, Manhattan


Deacon John Malone
Claimed Committee Chair
Member of Holy Trinity, Brooklyn


The Rev. William Baum
Gathered Committee Chair
Pastor of St. Barnabas, Howard Beach


The Rev. Marsh Drege
Sent Committee Chair
Pastor and Executive Director of Seafarers & International House


Ms. Barbara Johnson
Sent Committee Co-Chair
Member of Transfiguration, Harlem


Mr. Edward Wagner
Financial Management Committee Chair
Member of Saint Peter's, Manhattan


The Rev. Marc Herbst
Assistant to the Bishop for Strategic Plan Implementation




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