There are many forms of courage in the world. Undertaking a difficult conversation on a awkward subject is one of them. Though sometimes seemingly fraught with peril, woe to the priest who does not acquire the ability to effectively conduct these with charity, humility and a sincere desire to understand – but also to sometimes set a boundary or lovingly assert his position.
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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.
Scan the field for landmines before stepping forth.
Every so often in every parish there is a crisis. Be prepared.
Any change, however small, introduces an element of chaos and discomfort. Minimize negative reaction and blowback.
We emulate God when we listen attentively to another.
Parishes that fail to strategically plan, plan to strategically fail.
Most people shy from face to face fundraising because they fear rejection; priests have additional reservations.
The many reasons why parishes do not strategically plan. No map means arriving at a random destination, perhaps not the one we would wish for.
Who would have imagined that the gritty, often unpleasant work of a capital campaign could produce such remarkable spiritual change in a community?
Everyone, for better or worse, sees the priest as a representation of Jesus. Yet parish council members should also be seen in this light as exercising servant leadership.
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