Strategic Planning and Performance of Parishes in the ACK Diocese of Nairobi


  • Kariuki Charles Chege The Catholic University of Eastern Africa
  • Dr. Wasike Susan The Catholic University of Eastern Africa
  • Dr Andemariam Kifleyesus The Catholic University of Eastern Africa


Strategic Planning, Leaders Involvement, Resource allocation, Parish structure, Strategic fit, Performance


The main objective of this study was to ascertain the extent to which the strategic planning had influenced the organizational performance of the ACK Nairobi Diocese at parish levels.  These specific research objectives guided the study: to examine the ways in which the leaders are involved in strategic planning at the parish level; to identify how the resources allocated to achieve the parish goals as per the strategic plan; to evaluate the parish structure in relation to their strategic plans; and lastly to examine the strategic fit adopted by the parishes in their environments. This study may be significant in that, more often than not the parishes have tended to operate on the premises of faith in God without adequate planning, which assists in setting up and aligning budgets and structures that would enhance their service delivery and hence performance. The study was limited to 66 parishes of the ACK Diocese of Nairobi, within Nairobi County. The study assumptions were that: the ACK Parishes in Nairobi Diocese have aligned their operations to the overall diocesan plan; and that the Vicars of ACK Parishes in Nairobi Diocese gave an over view of the general status of strategic plan implementation in relation to performance. The research design was mixed method in nature, which endeavored to evaluate the extent to which the strategic planning has influenced the performance of the ACK Nairobi Diocese at parish levels. The population of interest was all the Parishes in Nairobi Diocese boiling down to their vicars, and top leadership at the parish level. A census method was adopted targeting all the 66 parishes in 11 Archdeaconries of Nairobi ACK Diocese. The main respondents were vicars of the parishes who incorporated the relevant offices in their parishes to answer the questionnaire. The selection of respondents in this study was largely purposive in that it targeted the Vicars and other two officers in the parish executive committee. The study adopted the use of stratified sampling which will involve stratified selection of respondents depending on their positions in the church parishes and are directly responsible for planning and are involved in leadership of the church. To be able to collect data required for this research, the questionnaire was used. A pilot was done to pre- test the data collection tool for reliability. The data was analyzed using social science software, (SPSS) and the findings were presented in form of frequency tables, pie charts and bar graphs. Findings revealed a positive and significant relationship between leader's involvement in strategy planning and parish Performance (B =.183, p=0.000), resources allocated towards strategy planning and parish Performance (B=.284, p=0.000), parish structure and parish Performance (B=.338, p=0.000), strategic fit and parish Performance (B=.120, p=0.015) and between parish culture and parish performance (B =.205 p=0.000).The study concluded that the five independent variables used in this study positively and significantly influenced that performance of the ACK parishes in the diocese of Nairobi. The study recommended based on the findings and conclusions that the managements of the ACK parishes in the dioceses of Nairobi should strive to put in place proper strategy plans so as to improve the performance of their dioceses.

Key Words: Strategic Planning, Leaders Involvement, Resource allocation, Parish structure, Strategic fit, Performance

Author Biographies

Kariuki Charles Chege, The Catholic University of Eastern Africa

Graduate Candidate

Dr. Wasike Susan, The Catholic University of Eastern Africa


Dr Andemariam Kifleyesus, The Catholic University of Eastern Africa



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How to Cite

Chege, K. C., Susan, D. W., & Kifleyesus, D. A. (2020). Strategic Planning and Performance of Parishes in the ACK Diocese of Nairobi. Journal of Strategic Management, 4(2), 1–30. Retrieved from