St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church Moves Forward


For Immediate Release
October 8, 2013


York, PA – St. John just completed a three-week Readiness Assessment comprised of six focus group meetings with presentations of conceptual renovation proposals. A Final Report Summary, which was completed by the James D. Klote & Associates Consultant, provided valuable statistical data and dialogue from attendees. Seventy individuals attended these meetings, which represented 58 parish families, which were representative of the parish.

The dialogue which followed each presentation was very informative and helpful feedback for the Vestry and parish leadership before finalizing renovation design plans and a successful capital campaign. More than 90% of the respondents to a survey indicated they would financially support a capital campaign for renovations to make St. John’s more welcoming, accessible and secure. Two-thirds of the respondents would support voluntarily with their time to assist with the capital campaign, as well. After presentation of the Final Report of the Readiness Assessment by the James D. Klote Consultant to the St. John Vestry, the Vestry voted unanimously to move forward immediately with the capital campaign. In fact, they decided to add to the renovations and raised the campaign goal to accommodate those revisions in the proposal.

Several quotes are representative of the leadership at St. John’s and the proven methods of James D. Klote & Associates. Fr. David stated, We were so pleased with the study and results that we decided to raise our campaign goal. Your hard work is much appreciated. Barbara Linder, Senior Warden, stated, I really was not in favor of the Readiness Assessment, because we had already done a brief Feasibility Study with another firm. However, after completing your Readiness Assessment, I cannot imagine not having the valuable information it provided, before beginning a capital campaign. Carl Graber, the James D. Klote Consultant on the project said,The leadership, the Vestry and the Rector have done everything I have asked of them and the results indicate similar very positive responses from their parish overall. I am anticipating a very successful campaign!

With offices in Falls Church, Virginia; St. Charles, Illinois; and Toronto, Ontario, James D. Klote & Associates is the largest full-time, on-site stewardship consulting firm in North America. For additional information, please contact the firm at or (800) 360-2315.


Erin West
James D. Klote & Associates

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