September 2012 Blog Posts (3)

Our First Rule: Avoid Messy Parishes

Eight years ago, before we selected candidates from among pastoral staffs applying to our project, we thought it good to make a few rules. In truth, I must admit that I proposed the first one…, and that I should’a known better.

Our mission was to help parish pastoral staffs form themselves as collaborative, mission-focused “Pastoral Leadership Teams.” We would be hard pressed, I proposed, to take on any staff where the most significant actor, the pastor, is due for transition to a new…


Added by Daniel Gast on September 28, 2012 at 5:37pm — 2 Comments

Sharpen the Saw!

Today’s blog continues a summary of presentations we made in Chicago Archdiocese during the past year. We explored the INSPIRE project’s top findings about ordained and lay ministers. We asked people to consider the “one thing pastor and parish staff will always tell you, and three things they won’t…” (Later we added a fourth, which comes up in the next blog.)


The “one thing” represented various iterations of our most ubiquitous data set. One way or another, pastoral…


Added by Daniel Gast on September 18, 2012 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

We'll Talk!

Sometimes statements of parish mission get left behind, or secreted as plaques hidden in plain sight on church lobby walls.  Mission focused conversations bring the community’s dedication right to the table or the rectory parlor where pastoral persons explore possibilities, make decisions, and share commitments.

As pastoral leadership teams met to review plans and programs, our parish consultants listened. In most cases they had recommendations for improving communication. Basic…


Added by Daniel Gast on September 8, 2012 at 1:58pm — No Comments

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