Planning with Catholic Parishes
A change in pastor, in the demographics of the region, or in community employment opportunities are just a few of the changes that can affect parishes.
Dealing with change, developing community, exercising good stewardship, providing for the spiritual, educational and service needs and hungers are but a few of the more pressing needs addressed by comprehensive strategic parish planning.
What can you expect from a strategic planning process for your parish?
- A revitalized parish community that reaches out to others
- Good stewardship of financial and human resources
- A vision for the future rooted in mission and values
- A game plan to achieve the vision
- With our plan it is easier to make decisions at the parish council, because we use our values as a lens for decision making.
- With our plan we came up with an exciting vision of where we want to be in five years. It really motivates us to keep on “trucking…”
- Our goals are a good road map. We got them down to six, from about twelve originally suggested. So now we have some ideas on how to achieve our vision.
- One of the things I like about our plan is that we committed ourselves to collaborate with nearby parishes on things like purchasing some things together; having joint activities for our teens and having common adult formation programs. It is good because we get better participation and the programs have improved because we can do certain thing much better together.