Seasonal mailed appeals are useful for increasing income, reflection upon the occasion of the feast and maintaining communications with parishioners.
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Patricia Bouteneff offers practical help in managing potential parish conflict.
Patricia Bouteneff continues her series on story telling as an essential leadership skill.
A collection of Powerpoint presentations for Orthodox parish and organization development.
Organize parish leadership for a “thank-a-thon” and build deeper relationships within the parish.
Story telling likely began the first night that humans gathered by a fire.
Compare one’s own list of important tasks or roles as a church leader with these ten suggested ones.
The venerable and biblical practice of conveying truth through storytelling has permeated the human community since there was a fire to gather around.
Try crowdfunding for youth ministry as a project. Select a different cause or purpose each year for the youth.
A series of articles by Patricia Fann Bouteneff on storytelling will explain how it is a powerful tool for effectively leading the parish.
For starters perhaps we should begin with the subject of the “role” of the priest’s wife. Please hear this loud and clear: there is no longer a standard defined “role” for the spouse of a priest. There are as many roles as there are spouses of priests! This in no way denigrates the traditional pattern […]
Discretion is a principal tool that the priest must cultivate and rigorously incorporate in his relationship with parishioners.
Well done surveys with good reporting back to the parish is a wonderful way to listen to the community.
Even Jesus grieved. Theologians say that “God died in the flesh.” Therefore, it is also possible to say that “God grieved in the flesh” inasmuch as Jesus was both fully man and fully God.
Compare your non-Sunday morning work load and type of work with Catholic and Protestant pastors. Of course this will vary by size of parish, age of clergy and “energy quotient” of the pastor.
Unsolicited advice, criticism, suggestions that feel like directives and downright judgment – all come with the territory of parish leadership. It is of great importance for personal sanity and family wellness that the priest learns how to constructively and beneficially deal with this. Here are some suggestions.
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