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How to attract and retain young adults to parish life is an ever-present and ever-growing challenge to priests and those involved in youth ministry. Read here what is working for other churches. Some may apply to Orthodoxy.
Great insights into youth culture and faith experiences of young people today are available in this landmark study. Very helpful reading for priests and those engaged in youth ministry.
Mission statements are important for guiding leadership in key decision or policy formulation; for building consensus on the primary purpose of parish life; and quickly conveying to visitors and inquirers the highest purpose or guiding principle(s) or the parish.
Periodically writing or reviewing a Personal Vision Statement
The Center on Congregations offers this special report describing published and Internet resources for developing clerical and lay leadership.
The odds are long but take a shot at a grant up to $50,000 for a clergy renewal program. Don’t be misled because the program is run by a Protestant seminary. Read the material. You can customize your personal program with the parish.
A general grasp of issues associated with zoning avoids aggravation, mistakes and loss of funds.
Without goals and objectives based on mission fulfillment the parish can easily wander here and there falling prey to “mission drift”.
An annual retreat is an excellent tool for educating, training and forging a productive working relationship with the parish council.
Download and use this SWOT Chart for an exercise with the Parish Council or at a parish retreat.
If properly developed, the parish council has the potential to be your greatest asset and a frequent source of joy. Begin with recruitment and nominations. It will take about three years of consciously applying the formal process of parish council development.
The Lord Himself was a humble servant. How can we be otherwise?
Help your staff to achieve optimum performance while improving their professional skills through mutually agreed upon goals and objectives.
Challenge parishioners to rise to a higher level of service to God and others by rendering excellent service to them.
“That the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” (II Timothy 3:17) The PDF file may be downloaded here: Measuring Outcomes
Help parishioners experience the deeper and more sustaining purpose of volunteering.
Use this excellent example of a parish ministries brochure to create one specific to your parish. These are wonderful documents to help new members or visitors quickly become oriented and involved in parish life.
When the size of a parish begins to exceed the priest’s capacity to manage it, then additional help is needed.
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