Sharing Church management best practices in the Catholic Church
Inevitably as I talk to different pastoral leaders, there seems to be a great deal of role confusion with regard to the key leadership bodies in the parish - in particular how the pastoral council,…Continue
An area where I have been spending a good amount of time talking with pastoral leaders is the necessity for honest, unfiltered discussion. But in order for this to occur participants of staffs and…Continue
One of the most frequently requested areas where priests and pastoral ministers request help is with ministerial supervision. Giving ongoing and helpful feedback or "guidance" as Kim Scott describes…Continue
Simon Sinek, a management theorist, reflects on why creating trust and safety is so important when working with others. It has significant implications for pastor's and pastoral leaders in parishes.…Continue
I am the project coordinator for the Standards for Excellence program at the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management. In addition I serve as the project manager for a Lilly Endowment funded project that combines two Leadership Roundtable initiatives - the Pastor's Toolbox, a week-long management training conference for Catholic priests, and CatholicPastor.org, an online learning community for Catholic priests.
Previously I was the Director of Pastoral Services and Secretariat for the Catholic Common Ground Initiative at the National Pastoral Life Center before it moved to the Catholic Theological Union. Prior to working at the NPLC I was in parish pastoral ministry serving in the areas of religious education and worship at Church of the Presentation.
I received a masters degree in pastoral ministry from Boston College's Institute of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry and a masters degree in public administration from Seton Hall University. I live in Fair Lawn, New Jersey with my wife, Mary and my three children - Conor, Riley, and Devon.
Patrick Lencioni has what I think is a fantastic article about leaders pushing those they lead to higher levels of achievement. I think publicly in the Church leaders are perceived as generally too "pushy" but internally - meaning in the day to day work and ministry in a parish - we are perceived as generally too lax. Lencioni is speaking about the internal leadership of an organization and I think it specifically applies to parish life and ministry.
Parish leaders can…Continue
Boston College recently produced a report outlining challenges and opportunities for Catholic Schools serving Hispanic Catholic families. This graph shows just how underserved Hispanic Catholic families are in Catholic schooling:
To see the full report and…Continue
I have recently used The Gift of Administration by Fr. Don Senior in presentations related to church management and have found it a helpful resource to ground the temporal affairs of our Church in scripture and theology. In particular, his reminder from St. Paul that administration is a gift from God for the Church and how our…Continue