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Bill Pickett's Discussions

We are getting a new bishop: How does that work?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Marcy Meldahl, SPHR Nov 9, 2012. 1 Reply

After 32 years under the leadership of one bishop, my diocese will in the near (?) future be receiving a new bishop.  Obviously people are anxious about such a change.  Setting aside theological and…Continue

When a staff member resigns unexpectedly...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Peter Denio Sep 19, 2012. 3 Replies

My parish has been experiencing a great deal of change lately.  Our two partner parishes…Continue

Tags: managing, changes, staff, volunteers

Prayer and Faith Sharing

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joseph G. Healey Aug 19, 2012. 7 Replies

I had a difficult time trying to decide under which forum I should put this post, but I…Continue

Tags: pastoral, planning, sharing, prayer, faith


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Profile Information

What is your vocational state:
Lay Ecclesial Minister
What is the type of Catholic entity you affiliate with in this forum:
Name of your affiliated Catholic entity(e.g. St. Ann's Church, Diocese of Gary, Franciscan Friars Northeast region, etc.)
Diocese of Rochester NY
What is your title, position, or role with your affiliated Catholic entity? (e.g. parishioner, pastoral council, Parish Catechetical Leader, Bussiness Manager, Vicar General, etc.)
Retired Director of Pastoral Planning
What (Arch)diocese is your Catholic entity located in?
City of your affiliated Catholic entity:
State of your affiliated Catholic entity:
Why would you like to participate in this forum?
Although retired from work as diocesan director of pastoral planning, I continue an active involvement with my home and regional parishes and retain a strong interest in and commitment to excellent in church management and leadership

To learn more about me, my family, my professional activities, and my avocations, you can visit my main web site:  Bill Pcikett's Web Site

I also have a Facebook page. and a Picasa account.

You might want to take look at my work on pastoral planning on Ave Maria Press:  Concise Guide to Pastoral Planning.I have also presented a webinar for Ave Maria Press:  Pastoral Planning as a Way of Being Church.

Bill Pickett's Blog

The role of pastoral staff must change from "doers" of ministry to facilitators of others

Posted on August 1, 2012 at 8:30am 1 Comment

There can be a tendency in Catholic parishes for the assembly to rely too heavily on staff, both ordained and lay.  When the inevitable transitions occur--either through normal personnel changes or restricted budgets--it becomes all too apparent that ministry is the work of the assembly and that the role of staff is to facilitate that role rather than do ministry directly.  This can be a difficult change for both staff and assembly, one for which most pastoral staff members have not been…


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