Sharing Church management best practices in the Catholic Church
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
Added by Peter Denio on May 20, 2016 at 10:18am — No Comments
Giving financially as a spiritual act of discipleship is part of our growth as disciples--not an optional, extra add on for those who are "rich" or do "financial planning" to make major gifts to charities and the like. If you've decided that percentage giving (sometimes called tithing, though historically this would specifically refer to 10%) is the form of giving most…Continue
Added by Colleen R. Vermeulen on May 10, 2016 at 8:44am — No Comments
More participation and commitment in the Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) by directly electing Small Christian Communities representatives from the grassroot up.
Added by Joseph G. Healey on May 9, 2016 at 10:52pm — No Comments
Our parish is looking to expand the electronic giving in order to provide our parishioners with an easy way to support the mission of our church. There are currently 576 families of the 2,845 registered families who take advantage of this method of giving. My Development Committee has asked how the 20% compares to the national average. Is there a national average?
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Added by Michael Brough on July 27, 2015 at 12:32pm — No Comments
Patrick Lencioni delivered the following keynote at the recent Amazing Parish's conference in Denver.
The video is worthy of viewing for any pastoral leader:
Added by Peter Denio on September 12, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments
John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter reports here today on a significant shift in the Vatican that involves tapping into the secular expertise of outside consultants in the areas of communications, finance and management. In the two cases he cites, it is a lay-dominated commission that has engaged the experts:
Added by Michael Brough on December 19, 2013 at 10:46am — No Comments
The Leadership Roundtable will provide leadership training tracks for Bishops, Diocesan Leaders, Priests, and Parish Leaders as part of the 2014 Mid Atlantic Congress to be held in Baltimore, February 27 - March 1. National experts will lead 14 sessions on the Stewardship of Parish Finances, Managing Parish Personnel, and Diocesan Leadership…Continue
Added by Michael Brough on December 5, 2013 at 3:36pm — No Comments
The Catholic Dioceses of Erie and Pittsburgh won an important challenge to the HHS Mandate last week. The story is here:…Continue
Added by Brendan Wilson on November 25, 2013 at 6:00pm — No Comments
Peter: Attached please find my 11/20/2014 Roadmap Update for our use in discussions this afternoon I am going to send a copy of this document to our team.
Added by Theresa Denton on November 20, 2013 at 12:21pm — No Comments
Investing young adults with leadership would be a "win-win," says Leadership Roundtable Communications Manager, Michael O'Loughlin. It would evangelize and strengthen the faith of young leaders and increase the vitality, creativity and energy of the church. Read Mike's challenging article …Continue
Added by Michael Brough on November 5, 2013 at 4:16pm — No Comments
Chris Lowney was a keynote speaker at the Leadership Roundtable's annual conference in June of this year (view video here). He has just published a new book on leadership,…Continue
Added by Michael Brough on November 1, 2013 at 2:34pm — No Comments
The number one roadblock for most organizations is complacency. Allowing complacency to grow can be deadly. Often times, parish leaders and volunteers start out with a high level of enthusiasm for the mission. And then one of two things often happens.
Added by Nick Wagner on October 5, 2013 at 11:07am — No Comments
Added by Dan R Ebener on April 3, 2013 at 10:33pm — No Comments
In Chicago, I do not think anyone is smiling more broadly than Cardinal Archbishop George, Francis George, that is. Our own Francis has regularly appealed to us to get to the margins, to advocate and serve victims of violence, discrimination, and poverty.
The selection of Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Christ's Vicar--and the humble surety with which he accepted the…Continue
Added by Daniel Gast on March 15, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments
This is a great question. Burn-out is a major concern for all who work in the church.
Research on transformational leadership explains how leaders can intrinsically motivate and re-fuel their people in four ways:
The Notre Dame Institute for Church Life released a very important study entitled, "Unleashing Catholic Generosity".
Major findings include:
Added by Dan R Ebener on February 17, 2013 at 12:26pm — No Comments
Fr. Joe Mulcrone directs Chicago's archdiocesan ministry to deaf and hearing impaired persons. A week after Veterans Day he was stopped near the end of his workout at the gym. It was a familiar voice that called him off the treadmill, that of a Viet Nam veteran.
"Hey, Father. Damndest thing just happened in church on Veterans Day. At the end of Sunday mass, Father stops everything and asks all the veterans to stand and get a blessing. People applauded! I didn't know that some people I…Continue
Today I received a question from a Pastor in Connecticut:
Are you familiar with an instrument for homily evaluations, something to be given out to parishioners and filled out by them?
In addition to asking the question on our CatholicPastor.org forum, I am interested to hear if anyone on this forum has experience of such an evaluation tool and can recommend something.
Added by Michael Brough on January 14, 2013 at 4:37pm — No Comments