Advisory boards serve many useful purposes including a great place to involve those independent thinkers who might not be a good fit for parish council service.
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For a sobering and sometimes shocking experience use this exercise to experience the parish as a first-time visitor or seeker might experience it.
With the parish council or the stewardship committee complete the short questionnaire and discuss the findings. Identify and formulate goals and objectives to improve upon parish fundraising methods.
This document assists parish leaders to think through the implications and potential push back of a new program or initiative before launching it.
Church leaders who learn to effectively and personally ask or request time, energy, cooperation or financial support from parishioners, even if not always successfully received, will find much hidden and unexpected help close at hand.
Elevate how parish council members view their calling to service with this scriptural teaching.
This link transports you to the Stewardship Advocates Pinterest site where the vast and often highly relevant insights of Peter Drucker concerning nonprofits and churches are to be found. He is regarded as the father of management consulting and was a faithful Christian who died reciting the “Our Father” over and over again in German, his native language.
An exercise designed to assist parish council members and key volunteers to understand differences between the church and business and also to assist a priest in understanding how many of his professional and business-oriented parish council members may view the parish.
A practical guide to initiating a new program or ministry.
An adaptation of a document produced by the Ohio Association of Nonprofit Organizations for an Orthodox parish setting.
Complex, combative, cooperative, confused and competent – a parish council may be all of these things simultaneously. Board development is a science and a process that the priest must master, if in cooperation with the parish council, he is to quietly “shape” the parish council into one of the most effective means of spiritually developing the parish.
A carefully managed but open nominations process to the parish council can save countless hours of frustration at a later date and majorly improve the level of performance by the parish council. Don’t leave this means of parish development to spontaneous hand-raising at general assemblies or cattle calls for volunteers from the amvon.
This posting takes the user to the Stewardship Advocates Pinterest site on general Orthodox parish development.
Though published in 1990, Peter Drucker’s “Managing the Nonprofit Organization” continues to speak practical wisdom to anyone with staff, volunteers, budgets, programs, services, communications, ministries, etc.
In a world of increasing specialization consultants are often needed.
Priests greatly excel at pastoral care and liturgical service, but what training have they received in leading, managing and developing a parish as a community? Is it all to be learned through trial and error? Or contingent upon whatever natural abilities God has endowed them?
Surprising and sometimes erroneous assumptions are made by church leaders concerning how general parishioners view the mission, vision and values of the community.
The most under-utilized change agency in a parish is the parish council. A well-developed governing council is a precious asset in fulfilling the mission of the parish.
A scholarly resource for understanding various aspects of stewardship – historical, liturgical, scriptural, dogmatic, patristic, practical, etc.
The leadership of the priest is tested each and every day, fair wind or foul. Yet the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of his leadership is most apparent when the weather is foul.
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