Developing or re-establishing a parish pastoral council?  The Standards for Excellence provide some helpful practices related to its operation and function, including:

  • Long and short term planning
  • Aid in the review, along with the finance council, the compensation structure of the parish in conformity with diocesan policy and Catholic Social Teaching
  • Have personal commitment to the Catholic Church and poses the skills to perform the tasks they are charged
  • Have no fewer than 5 unrelated members
  • Have term limits
  • Reflect the diversity of the communities the parish serves
  • Serve without compensation
  • Assist in the council's operations, education, training, development of members, and evaluation of its own performance
  • Meet at least 4 times per year
  • Have written minutes of all meetings

For additional pastoral guidelines I have attached a document used in a diocese to guide the work of pastoral councils.

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