Managing debt in a parish – some general guidelines.
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Tired of blah, blah, blah at parish council meetings?
Churches grow through birthrate, immigration and conversions. Churches shrink according to lowered birthrate, non-immigration, departing members and failure to evangelize. Present trends do not look good for Orthodoxy. There’s only one way to change it: help others discover the joy, the freedom, the deification in Orthodoxy.
Every parish needs an ongoing major gift program and almost every priest needs coaching in this essential skill as part of effectively leading, managing and developing a parish.
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?
How long has it been since the parish facilities were thoroughly assessed? Get help here.
Many Wealthy Plan to Remember Charities in Their Estates – Does Your Parish Have an Endowment Program?
To remember the parish in one’s will is to look back upon life with gratitude and to look forward to the spiritual well being of future generations.
The Committee on Youth reports on their activity for 2014 and future projects going forward.
As the designated research coordinator for the Assembly of Orthodox Bishops of the United States, Alexei Krindatch has conducted a number of studies that are available via the links in this posting.
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.
Knowledge of cultural trends and influences brings relevancy, astute application and intelligence to the proclamation of the gospel in all aspects of church life – but especially to teaching and to youth ministry. Jesus came to save the world because His Father (God) “so loved the world”. Yet he also revealed that His kingdom was not of this world.
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.
Periodically writing or reviewing a Personal Vision Statement
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.
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.
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