An annual retreat is an excellent tool for educating, training and forging a productive working relationship with the parish council.
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Download and use this SWOT Chart for an exercise with the Parish Council or at a parish retreat.
Base parish council deliberations and decisions on mission and information rather than force of personality.
For an excellent example of Orthodox regional planning read the 2014 strategic plan of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco.
A simplified chronology of the strategic planning process.
An inclusive planning process that involves key players and alpha funders helps to ensure that they will be there when leadership and funding is required for implementation.
How well do parishioners truly understand the mission of the parish?
How do we know our programs and ministries are having the desired effect upon the parish?
Though planning is sometimes said to be more important than the actual plan, this article argues forcefully for accountability in implementation.
Key features of pre-construction planning.
“The safest road to hell is the gradual one – the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.” C.S. Lewis
How does your parish mission statement measure up? Why it needs to be periodically reviewed.
The priest fulfilling his God-appointed task not just for individual persons but also for the community as a whole.
This brief article explains the basics on how to use “swot” in a parish council retreat to quickly scan the external environment and assess internal operations, programs and ministries.
A deeper and more advanced approach to strategic planning.
Surveys as parishioner engagement tools.
A joy of the priesthood: when the parish and the priest are journeying together toward the same destination.
One suggested 10 month process for parish strategic planning.
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