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We can all use a little push!

Patrick Lencioni has what I think is a fantastic article about leaders pushing those they lead to higher levels of achievement.  I think publicly in the Church leaders are perceived as generally too "pushy" but internally - meaning in the day to day work and ministry in a parish - we are perceived as generally too lax.  Lencioni is speaking about the internal leadership of an organization and I think it specifically applies to parish life and ministry.  

Parish leaders can…


Added by Peter Denio on January 3, 2018 at 9:46am — No Comments

Challenges and opportunities for Catholic Schools serving Hispanic Families

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 especially the challenges and opportunities present to Catholic schools in the "Emerging…


Added by Peter Denio on June 17, 2016 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

The Gift of Administration

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…


Added by Peter Denio on May 20, 2016 at 10:18am — No Comments

Creating a strong leadership team for a parish

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:

Patrick Lencioni from the Amazing parish on Vimeo.

Added by Peter Denio on September 12, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Meaningful Engagement of Young Adults

The following is a excerpt from the discussion of a work group at the Leadership Roundtable's Annual Meeting regarding engaging young adults.  What suggestions, ideas, or responses to this discussion would you add?  How have you engaged young adults in a replicable and scaleable way?

"Emerging Adults” = identity exploration, instability, self-focused, in-between, possibilities (18-24)

  • Mentorship is important
  • Religion does matter and makes a difference…

Added by Peter Denio on July 13, 2012 at 11:47am — No Comments

THE one thing that matters in pastoral leadership...

In perhaps the best article I have read IN YEARS on parish pastoral leadership found on the Faith and Leadership website at Duke University's Divinity School, Paul Feela offers the following:

Despite feeling inadequate in administration, Paul…


Added by Peter Denio on June 8, 2012 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Vocation of the Business Leader

This past Friday the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace released  the educational aid Vocation of the Business Leader (Business%20Leader%20Vocation.pdf).  While targeted at the world of business, we might seek to explore how the principles adhere in a pastoral or Church setting, much like the Catholic Standards for…


Added by Peter Denio on April 4, 2012 at 5:27pm — No Comments

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