We all do it and for some unfortunate souls it’s a way of life. Amazing, however, is the energy, rise in self-esteem and joy we feel when we complete a task that has planted itself above us like a dark shadow. This article offers some suggestions in dealing with this mischievous little demon that can wreck a much-needed parish undertaking.
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An adaptation of a document produced by the Ohio Association of Nonprofit Organizations for an Orthodox parish setting.
The responses to a survey sent to 100 Orthodox priests clearly revealed that recruiting and retaining dependable and competent volunteers is one of the most challenging aspects of parish management.
Most priests are both leaders and managers. What is the difference? What are the attributes of a manager?
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 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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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