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.
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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.
Among the countless tasks of the priest one of the most important in terms of parish development is envisioning the future of the parish.
Every so often in every parish there is a crisis. Be prepared.
Parishes often shoot themselves in the foot, both purposefully and accidentally, when they mishandle contributions or confidential information. Unfortunately, it’s an all too common occurrence in parish life.
Parishes that fail to strategically plan, plan to strategically fail.
The many reasons why parishes do not strategically plan. No map means arriving at a random destination, perhaps not the one we would wish for.
Everyone, for better or worse, sees the priest as a representation of Jesus. Yet parish council members should also be seen in this light as exercising servant leadership.
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