MtE Futures Project Time Line

This is one of two pages about our Mark the Evangelist Futures Project (MTEFP). This page describes the process of the project, where we have been so far and how it is likely to unfold into the future; the other page gives detail of the What, Who, How and When of the project. You can scroll down this page for the whole history, or jump to what is happening next. The dates for the congregational meetings given in what follows fit fairly tightly into the study time-line, but may need to be changed as we move through the process.

The Study Options Process (Overview)

1. Establish the Mission Objectives and refine the study brief with the consultant 

2. Identify preliminary property options

3. Flesh out specific configurations for the property options

4. More detailed work on preferred options configurations 

5. Final recommendation and plan for action


The Study Options Process (Detail)

The story so far

1. Establish the mission objectives and refine the study brief with the consultant

The mission objectives work was done between Oct 2014 and February 2015; it is summarised in the MtE Mission Futures document (February 2015); the study brief was established between the consultant and the Church Council in September 2015.

2015 August 18: First meeting of the project control group (PCG).

2015 September 3: Church Council received reports on the PCG meetings to date.

2. Identify preliminary property options

This part of the process identifies the range of possibilities for utilising the Curzon Street property, including various combinations of renovation, partial sale, onsite development (in combinations of residential, commercial or community space), or complete divestment.This will involve identifying possible development/ renovation/ sale configurations for the various options; considering market factors (affordability, saleability, etc.); financial and risk analysis (preliminary long-term budget considerations).

2015 Sunday September 20: Congregational meeting to introduce the process of the MTEFP and consider the range of possible property options.

2015 October: Church Council to receive the “return brief” from the property advisory consultant, confirming the purpose and scope of the study

2015 Sunday November 22:  Congregational meeting to receive the report on the preliminary property options.

3. Flesh out specific configurations for the property options

This stage involves giving specific shape to the preliminary options identified in stage 2 above; these more detailed scenarios will be tested for workability, viability and appeal. The more appealing options will be given more detailed treatment in the next step.

2015 Sunday December 20: Congregational meeting to receive the report on specific property scenarios recommended for further consideration

THIS MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED on account of there not being enough new material to present; another meeting may be convened, if warranted, prior to the March 20 meeting (below).

>The next thing to happen

4. More detailed work on preferred options configurations 

The more likely/appealing scenarios from step 3 are analysed further to determine their relative benefits for comparison’s sake.

2016 Sunday March 20: Congregational meeting to receive the report

5. Final recommendation and plan for action

This is the conclusion of the process we have commissioned so far. It may involve accepting a particular proposal for the development of the Curzon Street site, in which case the next step would be to begin to implement that development. The recommendation may also be a total divestment, in which case the congregation will need to consider a range of other accommodation options. The congregation may still decide to divest even if there is a viable onsite option.

2016 Sunday June 19: Congregational Meeting to receive the final report of the property options study.

After that: what happens next will depend on what the congregation decides about the report…