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Ramp up volunteer engagement in fulfilling the mission of the parish by recruiting and involving “professional” volunteers.
Go ahead. Count ’em. There’s likely a couple of zombie parish council members lurching around and stumbling about. But sometimes an entire parish council is infected by the virus. Read on.
How long has it been since the parish facilities were thoroughly assessed? Get help here.
The Center on Congregations offers this special report describing published and Internet resources for developing clerical and lay leadership.
Without goals and objectives based on mission fulfillment the parish can easily wander here and there falling prey to “mission drift”.
An annual retreat is an excellent tool for educating, training and forging a productive working relationship with the parish council.
Download and use this SWOT Chart for an exercise with the Parish Council or at a parish retreat.
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.
Challenge parishioners to rise to a higher level of service to God and others by rendering excellent service to them.
Base parish council deliberations and decisions on mission and information rather than force of personality.
In many ways, the good reputation and financial integrity of the parish is placed into the hands of the parish council treasurer.
To preserve the governing integrity of the parish council avoid any conflict of interest or even the appearance of a conflict of interest.
A joy of the priesthood: when the parish and the priest are journeying together toward the same destination.
It’s a good idea to catalog parishioners’ talents and interests – but only if the information is then acted upon!
The terms Mission Statement and Vision Statement are often used interchangeably but there are important differences.
Assist the parish council or group of volunteers to envision the future. Help them to move beyond managerial trivia.
Fourteen “markers” to assess excellence in parish council performance.
How parish council members can fulfill one of the key responsibilities of service.
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