December 2011 Blog Posts (2)

What if the pastor doesn't consult?

The church envisions pastors who consult their people.  A pastor consults the pastoral council because he wants the members to investigate some aspect of parish life, reflect on it, and recommend their conclusions.  The pastor consults the finance council because he wants the members to help him budget for the parish, maintain accurate records, and make periodic reports.  Pastors consult because they want to…


Added by Mark F. Fischer on December 28, 2011 at 1:29pm — No Comments

Has giving dropped in your parish?

The Chronicle of Philanthropy reports today that giving has dropped at more than half of Catholic parishes from 2008 through 2010.

Leadership Roundtable member, Chuck Zech, analyzed the data from the Faith Communities Today survey.  Zech is director of the Center for the Study of Church Management at Villanova University and uses the Standards for Excellence in his program.

In addition to reducing the amount these parishes give to charities, other implications…


Added by Michael Brough on December 15, 2011 at 1:42pm — No Comments

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