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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.
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Leonardo da Vinci
A practical guide to initiating a new program or ministry.
Most priests are both leaders and managers. What is the difference? What are the attributes of a manager?
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.
It’s tempting to be the boss. Expediency, clear lines of authority, efficiency, a feeling of power – all these things are possible. Yet damage to the spiritual life of the unchecked boss is substantial and eventually, people become passive, cynical or resistant.
This posting takes you to the Stewardship Advocates Pinterest site for a board of postings on the subject.
This posting takes the user to the Stewardship Advocates Pinterest site on general Orthodox parish development.
Self-care as Jesus taught; not self-care as self-depletion.
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.
Enhance the credibility of the leadership and management of a parish.
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?
Few parish projects offer such a generous opportunity for community-wide spiritual development as a capital campaign.
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.
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.
A scholarly resource for understanding various aspects of stewardship – historical, liturgical, scriptural, dogmatic, patristic, practical, etc.
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