Parishes understandably struggle to properly establish and manage endowment funds. Here is a key resources to comprehending and properly applying the Management of Institutional Funds Act.
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This article is a resource on some technical aspects of establishing and managing parish endowments.
Managing debt in a parish – some general guidelines.
Tired of blah, blah, blah at parish council meetings?
Unsolicited advice, criticism, suggestions that feel like directives and downright judgment – all come with the territory of parish leadership. It is of great importance for personal sanity and family wellness that the priest learns how to constructively and beneficially deal with this. Here are some suggestions.
A facilitator is someone who helps a group of people understand their common objectives and assists them to plan how to achieve these objectives; in doing so, the facilitator remains “neutral” meaning he does not take a particular position in the discussion.
This short introductory article gives some basic advice on planning for a major construction project and working with those who will do the construction.
How much time in a priest’s life of service is spent in meetings? What percentage of these meetings could be improved upon? How many of the meetings should have resulted in decisions, policy formulation and ACTION effectively taken to precipitate Godly change? Read on for immensely practical help.
Parishes already have many teams at work. Why not provide structure and professional coaching to increase effectiveness and efficiency?
Ramp up volunteer engagement in fulfilling the mission of the parish by recruiting and involving “professional” volunteers.
Background checks on staff and volunteers is an unfortunate but absolutely necessary practice for parishes today. Where blind trust exists, there is found an opportunity for mischief – or much worse.
How long has it been since the parish facilities were thoroughly assessed? Get help here.
Unless current social trends change, Mainline Protestant churches will face an even bigger drop-off in coming years. This is very likely true for all churches – including the Orthodox Church.
Jesus perfectly knew His present purpose and His ultimate destination. St. Paul spoke to individual communities but thought strategically about how the Gospel will be preached to all nations.
Every leader, manager or busy priest will benefit from the contemplation of this chart.
A general grasp of issues associated with zoning avoids aggravation, mistakes and loss of funds.
If properly developed, the parish council has the potential to be your greatest asset and a frequent source of joy. Begin with recruitment and nominations. It will take about three years of consciously applying the formal process of parish council development.
This relationship merits care and attention. Help the Chairperson to succeed in his or her calling to service.
Hiring the right person can be a rich blessing to the priest and the parish. Hiring the wrong person can be a disaster.
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