You’ve just been given your first parish assignment. Whatever life experience you have been blessed to receive is about to be thoroughly tested and reconstituted.
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Patricia Bouteneff offers practical help in managing potential parish conflict.
It’s all too easy to judge the very well to do or to assume that they have little interest in God or the Church. Here’s insight into an aspect of their spiritual life.
Patricia Bouteneff continues her series on story telling as an essential leadership skill.
A collection of Powerpoint presentations for Orthodox parish and organization development.
Identify symptoms of burnout early and avoid catastrophic eventualities by seeking help.
Build leaders. Then let the leaders build additional leaders. And so the parish grows and fulfills its mission.
Prepare before jumping into envisioning and strategic planning
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.
Parish council meetings have the actual potential of being the highlight of a priest’s monthly tasks. That’s the good news. The more difficult news is that to achieve this will take time and energy.
A series of articles by Patricia Fann Bouteneff on storytelling will explain how it is a powerful tool for effectively leading the parish.
Orthodox are shy evangelists. Lead a discussion with this document and see if the fear and misunderstanding doesn’t abate.
If you want vision and strategy to succeed, it will be necessary to analyze, understand and engage the culture of the parish and be prepared for push-back.
The massive responsibilities that a priest bears makes it difficult to read any article that begins “important tasks”. Yet if these are attended to, the smooth running office lightens other burdens.
Develop a Parish Program or Project in 10 Steps
Discretion is a principal tool that the priest must cultivate and rigorously incorporate in his relationship with parishioners.
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