Sharing Church management best practices in the Catholic Church
I came across this explanation of a little known tax credit that many parishes and dicoese' may find helpful. I have known the author, Harold Parsons, for many years and talked to him to make sure I understood the implications of what he was saying. It is a little known item in the PPACA that does not usually grab the attention of parish or diocesan administrators.
It points to the importance of accessing professionals who know the Catholic Church and her structures and how the Church…Continue
Added by Jim Lundholm-Eades on February 2, 2012 at 12:26pm — No Comments
Dale Roach provides us with 12 characteristics of effective leaders and also suggests that every successful team needs an effective leader:
Effective leadership has certain, basic, visionary, characteristics.…
In this, "Catholic Schools Week", Michael Sean Winter at Distinctively Catholic, reports on the White House recognition of Champions of Change in Catholic Schools. Their inspiring stories begin at the 22:37 minute mark of the video.
The Leadership Roundtable has worked with many of these champions and the Catholic institutions they represent as we…Continue
Added by Michael Brough on January 30, 2012 at 4:35pm — No Comments
John Allen is the highly respected Vatican Correspondent for CNN and the National Catholic Reporter. When he addressed the Leadership Roundtable in June 2010 on Accountability in a World Church, he noted:
"If the Catholic Church in the twenty-first century becomes more accountable, collaborative, and transparent, it will be because the argument for doing…
Added by Michael Brough on January 27, 2012 at 10:33am — No Comments
"Enrollment in Chicago’s Catholic elementary schools is up for the second straight year — the first time that’s happened since 1965, officials said Friday". Read the full article here.
The news follows the recent announcement by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to close or merge 49 Catholic Schools. Read Blue Ribbon Commission strategic plan…Continue
Added by Michael Brough on January 20, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments
Pope Benedict to U.S. Bishops, January 18, 2012:
"Here once more we see the need for an engaged, articulate and well-formed Catholic laityendowed with a strong critical sense vis-a-vis the dominant culture and with the courage to counter a reductive secularism which would de-legitimise the Church's participation in public debate about the issues which are determining the future of American society.…
Added by Michael Brough on January 19, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments
National Catholic Reporter editor-at-large Tom Roberts has a national overview of the challenges facing diocesan planners in Seismic shifts reshape US Catholicism.
How well are Catholic dioceses equipped to respond to these demographic shifts and economic challenges? What is the biggest challenge being faced by your diocese? How are you…Continue
In November, my church's annual financial report appeared in the parish bulletin. It showed that expenses exceeded income by about $6,000. The report was a balance sheet. It included a number of categories of parish income (such as regular weekly giving, the Christmas and Easter collections, income from religious education, and gifts to the parish). It also included a variety of expense categories (such as salaries, fixed expenses, operating expenses, etc.). The pastor used the $6,000…Continue
I will leave my esteemed legal and human resources colleagues to comment on the implications of yesterday's landmark supreme court ruling on "ministerial exception" to employment discrimination laws. However, a comment from Catholic Justice, Samuel A. Alito Jr, caught my eye:
In a second concurrence, Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., joined by Justice Elena Kagan, wrote that it would be a mistake to focus on ministers, a title he said was generally used by…
Those of us who do assessment and planning for parishes, schools, dioceses, hospitals, universities, local and national organizations know a few things.
First, assessment involves initial impressions, good questions, educated guesses, hunches and memories of God at work in unexpected places. Then it calls for good communication skills including listening, speaking, connecting, writing and celebrating that all of our best efforts are gifts that…Continue
Keys to successful diocesan planning discussed at Sept 2011 Upper 09212011%20Diocesan%20Planning%20Forum.pdfMidwest Diocesan Planners meeting were:
Tom Brokaw, in his new book The Times of Our Lives, tells us that people in our country today are looking for economic justice.
December 6, 2011 marked the 25th anniversary of the publication of Economic Justice For All, a pastoral letter developed by the Catholic Bishops of the United States. Many of the economic issues that the bishops addressed in 1986 are very similar to those currently being experienced in the United States. In this pastoral letter,…Continue
Added by Sheila A. Kelly, SPHR on January 1, 2012 at 2:42pm — No Comments
The recent allegations of the sexual abuse of minors at Penn State University remind us that you can follow legal requirements without exercising moral authority/responsibility.
As a seasoned Human Resource Director, my plan for serving as a Forum facilitator in this procees is to look at the social teachings of the Church as they apply to human resource professionals. Human resource professionals in catholic dioceses bring extensive experience and strong credentials to…Continue
Added by Sheila A. Kelly, SPHR on January 1, 2012 at 2:22pm — No Comments
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
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…Continue
Added by Michael Brough on December 15, 2011 at 1:42pm — No Comments