Stewardship of Our God-Given Vision


Planning in Scripture

Foundationally, we are created in the image of God; part of that image is found in our ability and need to plan. Throughout the Bible, God has revealed himself as the Master Planner.

“ who understood the times and knew what Israel should do”
— 1 Chron 12:32
“May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.”
— Psalms 20:4
“Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.”
— Proverbs 15:22
“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.”
— Proverbs 16:3

Current 5 Year Plan

July 2014 - June 2019
Six core strategies will be deployed across Sanctus Church to help achieve our goals.



5 Year Objective:
3,500 - 4,000 people identifying as "I attend Sanctus"

  • Build and replicate high quality weekend experiences that feature our core strengths of great Bible teaching and engaging worship.

  • Venue experiences will expand to be local across the GTA and Durham Region; people will consistently want to come and invite their friends to these experiences.


  • Decide on new onsite venue for first half of 2014

  • Codify the Sanctus weekend experience for all major components

  • Research and propose offsite venue operational launch plan

  • Hire offsite campus pastors

  • Finalize 599 Bayly facility changes with Parker Architects

  • 599 Bayly Street production technology upgrades

  • Plan for customer service technology platform

  • Finalize and launch capital campaign

  • Prepare operational and capital budgets

  • Research and propose offsite venue #2 launch plan

  • Research and propose offsite venue #3 launch plan


5 Year Objective:
65% Participation Rate from Congregation

  • Foster a vibrant Christian community where people can connect with God and each other in a smaller setting.

  • Be intentional about ensuring we create an environment of both learning and serving together.

  • Ensure that Sanctus community is easy to access and assimilate into.


  • Finalize discipleship model/path

  • Roll out discipleship model & communication plan

  • Codify a holistic growth rubric

  • Refine and align care strategy

  • Create systems for "lay care" and "proactive care"

  • Expand and maintain care ministry programs and services

  • Refine Connect Group reporting system

  • Refine Connect Group offerings

  • Develop online Connect Class delivery system

  • Strategy for recruiting and training new Connect Group leaders

  • Prepare benchmarks for key success factors and predictability indicators


5 Year Objective:
700 new people coming to C4

  • Expand the profile, influence and credibility of Sanctus' core ministries as we aspire to be regionally located, nationally focused, and globally minded.

  • Some form of internship or training around Sanctus' Preaching & Teaching, Worship Music, and Restoration Prayer Ministry


  • Digital media strategy

  • Intellectual property agreements

  • Ensure proper financial management processes

  • Decide who is on the outside ministry team

  • Centralize support for logistics, planning, and scheduling

  • Produce promotional materials in line with Sanctus brand

  • Adjust staff job descriptions where necessary

  • Develop staff succession plan and identify strategic hires

  • Develop worship leaders, songwriters, songs, and strategic networks

  • Launch promotions department


5 Year Objective:
Culture Survey x + 2

  • Codify the unique DNA and culture of Sanctus realizing the significant changes since Jon Thompson became Senior Pastor

  • To have a unified church family that authentically engages visitors, community members, and the world at large


  • Enhance church-wide communications plan

  • Strengthen online presence to reflect Sanctus culture

  • Codify culture

  • Define primary and secondary audiences

  • Decide on metaphor for communicating culture

  • Perform a ministry alignment audit

  • Perform a staff alignment audit

  • Develop a membership engagement plan

  • Prepare benchmarks for key success measures and predictability indicators


5 Year Objective:
1,000 Baptisms

  • Develop a wide variety of bridge-building events to reach out to our region and beyond.

  • Become more intentional about training everyone on how to effectively share their faith in word and action.

  • Revamp missions strategy to be more cause-driven, partnership-oriented, sustainable, and focused on discipleship.


  • Develop a Sanctus evangelistic strategy

  • Develop and host 4 bridge-building events in 2014

  • Preaching and teaching on compassion

  • Define Sanctus Global Missions Strategy

  • Engage teams in world missions trips

  • Set criteria for partnerships and define currencies

  • Develop or adopt training programs for compassion involvement


5 Year Objective:
$150,000 Cash Reserve

  • Continue to promote an environment of generosity at Sanctus through sacrificial giving.

  • Implement a plan to ensure Sanctus has enough financial capacity to meet its operational and capital plan.

  • Seek our mutually beneficial strategic partnerships to aid in the achievement of our vision.


  • Define a donor management system

  • Increase donor mechanisms

  • Review all internal controls annually

  • Review annual audited financial statements

  • Hire an Executive Pastor

  • Capital Campaign


Message from the Pastoral Lead Team

“A good plan is like a road map; it shows the final destination and usually the best way to get there.” - H. Stanely Judd

The Plan that you have read through is a road map for these five years as we continue on this great journey that God is taking us on. We're certain about the destination because God has spoken it but the journey, like all good road trips, should be fun and interesting. We're sure we'll have to change and adapt as we learn and grow.

At this point we're sure you'll have questions. Questions are good: they clarify, show engagement, passion, and investment. We hope that you're asking, "God what does this mean for me? What is it that you want me to see, to learn, to become?"

We're inviting you to do a few things as we continue to follow what God has started among us:

  1. Pray and ask Jesus what part he would have you play in this Plan

  2. Remain open to the Spirit's move of renewal, revival, and awakening in our church

  3. Continue to invest yourself in the ministry of Sanctus

We are convinced that if all of us are doing what God is asking us to do, He will fulfill the vision He has given Sanctus. There's so much as stake. So many lives that God wants to touch. So many people who need Jesus in our region, country, and around the world.

  • Thank you for taking the time to read through The Plan.

  • Thank you for being a part of Sanctus, we love that you're here.

  • Thank you for doing everything you can to see the vision God has given us become a reality.

  • Thank you for investing your time, energy, gifts, talents, and treasure to people through the ministry of Sanctus.

It seems fitting to give Jesus the last word:

"Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will from from within them." - John 7:37-38

Pastoral Lead TeamJon Thompson & Dave Adams