This post is a follow up to my earlier post on An Approach to Creating a Parish Mission Statement.

Once a draft of a Parish Mission Statement has been completed, it's time to test it with the larger parish.  You can do this in the context of a town hall meeting.  To do so, print a draft statement on a sheet of paper, and, at the bottom of the sheet, leave space for parishioners to respond to the following questions:

1.      What most stands out to you when you read this statement?

2.      What do you especially like about the statement?

3.      What suggestions (if any) would you make?

Leave space after each question for written responses. You can have parishiioners respond in writing and verbally to these questions at the town hall meeting.  You can even process these questions first in a small group, and then with the entire gathering.

Now here's a different approach:

If you wish to test the mission statement with parishioners in the context of Mass, you can print a dfaft statement on a sheet of paper, and, at the bottom of the sheet, leave space for parishioners to indicate your response to the proposed mission statement placing a check mark in the appropriate space:

_____ I support the Mission Statement as stated.

_____ I support the Mission Statement with the following modification(s)
          _______________________________________________________________
          _______________________________________________________________

_____ I do not support the Mission Statement.

Completed forms can them be dropped in the collection plate (or placed in a box in the back of the church after Mass.  This gives you a statistical tablulation of responses, which helps when reporting back the results to the larger parish.  Also, noting the changes made to the draft publically helps show parishioners that you take their input seriously.

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