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.
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Without goals and objectives based on mission fulfillment the parish can easily wander here and there falling prey to “mission drift”.
Download and use this SWOT Chart for an exercise with the Parish Council or at a parish retreat.
Base parish council deliberations and decisions on mission and information rather than force of personality.
A simplified chronology of the strategic planning process.
How well do parishioners truly understand the mission of the parish?
“The safest road to hell is the gradual one – the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.” C.S. Lewis
How does your parish mission statement measure up? Why it needs to be periodically reviewed.
The terms Mission Statement and Vision Statement are often used interchangeably but there are important differences.
Assist the parish council or group of volunteers to envision the future. Help them to move beyond managerial trivia.
Frame the capital campaign as a spiritual journey that the community, with the guidance of God, is undertaking together.
Suggestions and recommendations when crafting or reviewing a mission statement.
Parish council focusing too much on low-level managerial type tasks? Its the priest who must lead them to think and to behave strategically.
Learn key features of a parish council dashboard and see how one exemplary Orthodox parish is leading the way with a sample of how they do it.
Help parish council members or the strategic planning committee to understand where the parish has been, where it presently is and where it needs to go.
Vision emerges from mission. If the priest fails to envision the future of his parish and to articulate this in compelling language, then who will do this? An inspiring vision generates support on all levels and gets the parish marching in the same direction. Base the vision on mission and substantiate it in the strategic plan.
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.
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