Keys to successful diocesan planning discussed at Sept 2011 Upper 09212011%20Diocesan%20Planning%20Forum.pdfMidwest Diocesan Planners meeting were:
A. Bishop’s Vision Narrative is critical and the narrative in enhanced by measures and numbers
B. Pastoral Planning is a different focus than typical business strategic planning
C. Pastoral Planning is about the relationships between Bishop, priests, staff and faithful, the living of faith and effective ministry
D. Pastoral Planning requires data and analysis from demographics, parishioner choice, sacraments, schools, ministry and stewardship to inform the Current Reality and provide balance to in-place stories, politics and personalities
E. Pastoral Planning is ongoing, adaptive and not predictive and episodic.
In addition the participating planners shared real examples of sound practices across the midwest in areas of decision making processes, clarifying authority within process and clarification of the roles of bishops, priests, staff and the faithful