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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What a blessing it is when a working professional offers their assistance in service to the parish! And yet there may arise managerial challenges to the relationship.
Patricia Bouteneff offers practical help in managing potential parish conflict.
A collection of Powerpoint presentations for Orthodox parish and organization development.
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
Compare one’s own list of important tasks or roles as a church leader with these ten suggested ones.
Clergy taxes have bedeviled many priests and parish councils struggle to ensure proper classification. Here is the beginning of help.
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.
Here is a very practical tool in helping priests to retain key volunteers with the well being of the volunteer foremost.
For starters perhaps we should begin with the subject of the “role” of the priest’s wife. Please hear this loud and clear: there is no longer a standard defined “role” for the spouse of a priest. There are as many roles as there are spouses of priests! This in no way denigrates the traditional pattern […]
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
Successful Orthodox parish leadership means empowering staff and volunteers. Invest in them!
Pause a few minutes in reflection.
Well done surveys with good reporting back to the parish is a wonderful way to listen to the community.
Compare your non-Sunday morning work load and type of work with Catholic and Protestant pastors. Of course this will vary by size of parish, age of clergy and “energy quotient” of the pastor.
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