All hail the generalist leader!
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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.
St. Paul was a master strategist with one eye on the global mission of the gospel and another eye on the particular challenges of local communities. He planted; Apollos watered; God gave the growth.
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.
Among the countless tasks of the priest one of the most important in terms of parish development is envisioning the future of the parish.
“I prepare so I don’t have to repair.” – Anonymous
Scan the field for landmines before stepping forth.
It’s the rare parish that regularly every year receives major gifts above and beyond stewardship commitments even when the parish is not in a capital campaign.
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