“According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it.” (I Corinthians 3:10)
Priests of parishes know exceptionally well how to work “in” their parishes. They have received excellent training, education and spiritual formation for this task. All clergy know that there is never enough time or energy each day to do all that is required from the countless roles every priest must fulfill – liturgical celebrant, counselor, teacher, confessor, homilist, office manager, webmaster, author, publicist, fundraiser, facilities manager, conflict resolution specialist, crisis interventionist, and on and on.
Unfortunately, seminary curricula does not allow time for education and training in the overarching functions that encapsulate, organize, prioritize and maximize the effectiveness of a priest – leadership, management, and development. These skills are often honed in the difficult alleyways of parish life through painful trial and error. Yet even then they do not rise to the level of conscious and systematic application. Some priests are naturally and intuitively blessed with these abilities but this is rare because its rare among all people. Yet priests are often victims of the “tyranny of the urgent task” – that mischievous little demon that robs the priest of time and effort more wisely spent. The PowerPoint below introduces the concept of working on a parish, of stepping back from the long list of daily tasks and taking a longer, deeper and broader view of parish development.
PowerPoint as a PDF: Work On Not Just In a Parish