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Organize parish leadership for a “thank-a-thon” and build deeper relationships within the parish.
Prepare before jumping into envisioning and strategic planning
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.
Give prayerful consideration to serving on the parish council. They need you but only if you are dedicated and willing.
Orthodox are shy evangelists. Lead a discussion with this document and see if the fear and misunderstanding doesn’t abate.
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.
Without a personal growth plan for Orthodox Christian life then we are at the mercies of the dubious vagaries of this world.
The true purpose of planning is not to produce a written plan, though it is one of the desirable outcomes.
Tired of dragging the parish kicking and screaming from one level of joy and freedom in the Kingdom of God to the next? Try a Strategic Initiatives Fund.
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.
Tired of blah, blah, blah at parish council meetings?
This short article is highly recommended for inclusion in the parish council members notebook for required reading and discussion. Help them to focus on the real purpose of parish life and how this has been subverted by secularism and “the American way of religion”. A companion article entitled “Clergy and Laity in the Orthodox Church” […]
Clergy and laity together compose “governance” of the Church and of the local parish. This article clarifies the ways, means and purposes of both clergy and laity according to Orthodox theology.
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.
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?
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