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ARC UPDATES & TRANSITION PLAN
ARC UPDATES & TRANSITION PLAN
Update on ARC Retreat Community Transition Plan
The ARC Board and Community have convened two gatherings to further the conversation about our past, present, and most importantly, our future. Over 30 people attended these two events and many others have written or called with their input into this important conversation. The next gatherings are being organized as open houses on Saturday May 18th from 10am to 1pm and Sunday June 23rd from 2-5pm. These will both be hosted at ARC and will feature tours of the grounds, building improvements, and conversations about the future of ARC. Look to the ARC website for more details.
In March the ARC Board approved the appointment of Dr. Suzanne M. Begin as the interim director for ARC. Suzanne brings a diverse set of leadership skills that will serve ARC well during the next several months as the transition planning unfolds.
Beginning on May 6th ARC will enter a four month sabbatical during which the transition planning will be our primary focus. The Board--along with other key stakeholders--will discern what is the future of an ARC 2.0 and if there is sufficient support for sustainable staffing, resident community, and funding for a relaunch of ARC 2.0.
We anticipate the Sabbatical will run through the end of the summer when we expect to have a definitive plan for ARC’s future ready to share. During this down time the Hermitage and the Cottage will be available for use. Guests will be invited to provide their own meals. See the ARC website or call for more information.
The Board and Suzanne are developing a fund raising program to support the ARC transition plan. Look for more information on this in May.
ARC Open House dates/times RSVP at email@example.com
Please come and “ARC” with us:
ACTION - Interact with Board Members, staff and our human-based design mind mapping and ARC Archetypes displayed in our newly remodeled Bay Room.
REFLECTION - Take personal time to retreat on the trails, the labyrinth, the swing or in a guest room, the loft, the library or the chapel
CELEBRATE - Share an ARC meal in the dining room along with stories and fond memories
Saturday, May 18th at ARC from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. ARC lunch will be served at noon.
Sunday June 23rd at ARC from 2-5 pm.
ARC soup and bread will be served at 4:00 pm
Note: If you are unable to join us and would like to be placed on a special mailing list for future ARC transition events. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are looking for the right couple ( or team) to join our retreat family. Located in the heart of Grandy Pines, we offer 87 acres for rest and renewal and overnight stays in a retreat lodge, cottage or hermitage. Our guests come for contemplative action, reflection and celebration.
· Grounds and Road maintenance
· General cleaning and maintenance
· Kitchen Support
· Help with events/activities and needed
· Construction and maintenance
· Equipment and small engine repair
· Driver’s license and reliable transportation
· Fluent in English
· Drug test
· Back ground check
· No children under 18 (except visiting)
· No pets (except service animal if required)
· A 2 bedroom apartment (utilities included)
· Hourly compensation up to 80 hours at negotiated rate based on experience
Contact information/ Resume Submissions:
Email Resume and Cover Letter (or questions) to email@example.com
Creative, forward-thinking, spiritually-focused person or team of persons interested in promoting the mission of ARC in partnership with the current ARC community and Board of Directors may call ARC for more information.
763-689-3540 or visit http://www.minnesotanonprofits.org/job-details?id=164805
We are looking to publish a Spring/Summer edition of the ARC Newsletter and need your assistance. Please submit reflections, stories, poems, etc. to Suzanne at firstname.lastname@example.org by MAY 20, 2019. If writing is not your thing, but you are able to assist with editing, graphic design, publishing, folding and/or mailing, we need you too!
ARC TRANSITION PLAN
ARC TRANSITION PLAN
Moving Forward – ARC Retreat Community Transition Plan (3/1/19) by Mike Tessneer, Board Chair (763-516-6711) and Paul Halvorson Treasurer/Secretary (612-296-7407)
This Board-approved plan recognizes the many changes that have taken place in society and at ARC over the past 41 years and the need to examine them in a proactive & systematic way. Discerning Question: “What can ARC do to continue to be a sacred place of welcome, hospitality, community and renewal?”
WHY WE ARE DOING THIS: We recognize that, (a) Retreat reservations and accompanying revenues are in decline, (b) the quality of retreat experience has become inconsistent, and (c) maintaining an intentional on-site community that is life-giving and supportive of a healthy spiritual life is difficult to sustain. This is prompting us to reflect upon how well we are meeting the needs of our guests and community, and what we can do or need to do to reverse these unsustainable trends. This is the purpose of the Transition Plan: to refresh ARC’s mission, engage new leadership and restore our revenue stream and operational excellence.
OVERVIEW OF THE PROCESS: The Transition Plan starts with listening to stakeholders—the community of individuals and groups that are invested in ARC’s future, particularly current and prospective guests and, of course long-time supporters and community members. This process will be complete when we can articulate a vision that is compelling and viable. Questions that need to be explored include: Are we doing the right things for the right audience? Are we doing things that are not valued or relevant? Exploring any gaps between who we are, and the expectations of prospective guests will inform ARC’s commitment of resources and sustainability. This Process is organized into three components that are run concurrently:
· Maintenance: Manage existing operations and maintain facilities while discerning the Strategic Plan and ensure that the internal organizational structure supports the Strategic Plan.
· Strategic Plan: Through conversations, meetings & prayerful action, explore viable options with ARC stakeholders and new partners. Articulate a renewed future for ARC with the resources, people, and organizational partners needed to facilitate its long-term sustainability.
· Operational Plan: The Strategic Plan will define the Operational Plan.
EXPECTED OUTCOMES: We seek to energize and galvanize people called and committed to a renewed ARC and use of the existing physical plant—the lodge, the cottage, the hermitage and 91 acres of sacred land with its 150-year old Grandy pines and operational components.
1. Interim On-site Manager: The ARC Board will recruit an interim on-site manager to work with the current ARC community, staff and the Board during the next 3 months (March – May) or longer to ensure operations are efficient & effective.
2. The Nature and Nurture of Community in the ARC Experience: Determine the key components and structures needed to recruit, select and sustain a spiritual community at ARC.
· Assess the role of community (residential and extended) in the ARC experience and the tangible and intangible costs and benefits of intentional community.
· Evaluate how ARC can support a life-giving community experience and explore the creative tension between living in community and retreat ministry.
· Research and recommend models and/or alternatives to an intentional community at ARC.
3. Executive Director: ARC Board will recruit a leader committed to discerning, strategizing and implementing the future of ARC as a viable and sustainable operation. This will be completed over the next 6 months as the Board determines the future of ARC by Summer 2019.
4. Community and Stakeholder Engagement: Beginning in March 2019 initiate a forward-looking process to engage friends of ARC to discern and support the best outcome for ARC. Options: ● Revisit ARC’s vision and secure new leadership and commitments from stakeholders. ● Explore other models of intentional residential community, like co-housing. ● Explore options and approaches with new partners in reshaping mission, purpose and program. Other options (including shutting down after 42 years) may emerge as part of this process.
5. Board Recruitment: ARC Board will implement a Board recruitment plan to expand membership representing diverse background with one or more the following:
· Involvement with a spiritual organization
· Engagement with social justice
· Experience with living in an intentional community
· Experience with new paradigms of spirituality
· Experience with building bridges across organizations and concerns (i.e., intersectionality)
· Specialized knowledge (e.g., fundraising, financial, marketing, operations, legal, artistic) (Ideal candidates will have experience with more than one)
6. Fundraising: Build and implement a fund development process to cover additional costs of a 6 to 9 -month transition process and beyond based on the selected future of ARC.
7. Board Accountabilities: ARC Board assignments for above initiatives:
1. Assess & improve physical plant, plus utilize “LiveImpact” database: Item 1 - Scott
2. Assess and improve operations and recruit interim operations manager: Item 1 - Paul
3. Identify components and structures to build an intentional spiritual community: Item 2 – Paul
4. Recruit Interim Development Director: Item 3 - Mike/Paul
5. Assess possible use of ARC Lodge for alternate community housing: Item 4 - Bob
6. Expand ARC Board membership: Item 5 - BoardMike/Paul
7. Design enrollment process and fund development plan: Item 6 - Mike/Paul
YOUR PARTICIPATION IS ESSENTIAL: We value your ideas, referrals, support and participation in one or more of the following ways:
1. Updates and Events: Please email Transition@arcRetreat.org, if you would like to be on the ARC list for future updates. We invite you to dialogue with us at an ARC Transitional Planning Events to be held in the Twin Cities and at ARC starting March through end of May. Details forthcoming.
2. ARC Volunteers: Join as a volunteer at ARC during the transition. Contact: Roxanne Rawson at Volunteer@ARCRetreat.org or leave her a message at 763-689-3540.
3. Employment: If you have specific names of people to recommend, please refer them to the MN Council for Non-Profits Job Board for Interim Manager and Executive Director. (add hyperlinks)
4. Board Members: If you or someone you know are interested in serving on the ARC Board, contact either Mike Tessneer, Chair (763-516-6711) or Paul Halvorson Secretary/Treasurer (612-296-7407).
5. Participate in a working Group on an aspect of the Plan: Please contact either Mike Tessneer or Paul Halvorson or email transition@ARCretreat.org.
6. New Ideas or potential organizational partners: Please contact either Mike Tessneer or Paul Halvorson or email transition@ARCretreat.org.
Financial Support:Please send contributions to ARC Retreat Community, 1680 373rd Street, Stanchfield, MN 55080 or online at www.ArcRetreat.org