Assist the parish council or group of volunteers to envision the future. Help them to move beyond managerial trivia.
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Parish council focusing too much on low-level managerial type tasks? Its the priest who must lead them to think and to behave strategically.
A quick summary of a parish strategic planning process.
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One way to elevate parish council discourse from low-level managerial issues to strategic reflection and discussion regarding their specific service as parish council members.
An exercise designed to assist parish councils to think more seriously about mission fulfillment by discussing priorities.
Help parish council members or the strategic planning committee to understand where the parish has been, where it presently is and where it needs to go.
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Vision emerges from mission. If the priest fails to envision the future of his parish and to articulate this in compelling language, then who will do this? An inspiring vision generates support on all levels and gets the parish marching in the same direction. Base the vision on mission and substantiate it in the strategic plan.
An exercise to undertake with the parish council to inject strategic intent.
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