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The Changing Face of Church (Excerpt)

The Changing Face of Church (Excerpt)

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The Changing Face of Church documents the best practices for approaching the massive, rapidly evolving challenge of pastoral planning. For more information about this title, visit Loyola Press.
Changes in the Catholic Church are happening everywhere, not least in the area of pastoral planning. Based on the experiences of more than 500 of today's pastoral leaders in the Catholic Church, The Changing Face of Church documents the best practices for approaching the massive, rapidly evolving challenge of pastoral planning.
A hopeful view of the Church's future and its leadership comes through clearly from those who were interviewed for this book, and the you-can-do-it-too message is sure to bolster readers in their own pastoral planning efforts.

David A. Ramey is a strategic planning and organizational development consultant. He is the author of Empowering Leaders.

Marti R. Jewell, DMin, now on the faculty of the School of Ministry at the University of Dallas, was the director of the Emerging Models Project from 2003 to 2009.
The Changing Face of Church documents the best practices for approaching the massive, rapidly evolving challenge of pastoral planning. For more information about this title, visit Loyola Press.
Changes in the Catholic Church are happening everywhere, not least in the area of pastoral planning. Based on the experiences of more than 500 of today's pastoral leaders in the Catholic Church, The Changing Face of Church documents the best practices for approaching the massive, rapidly evolving challenge of pastoral planning.
A hopeful view of the Church's future and its leadership comes through clearly from those who were interviewed for this book, and the you-can-do-it-too message is sure to bolster readers in their own pastoral planning efforts.

David A. Ramey is a strategic planning and organizational development consultant. He is the author of Empowering Leaders.

Marti R. Jewell, DMin, now on the faculty of the School of Ministry at the University of Dallas, was the director of the Emerging Models Project from 2003 to 2009.

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Contents
Introduction vii
I. Spiritually Alive and Healthy Parishes
1 Te Context or Parish Ministry 32 A Glimpse o the Future: Challenges andOpportunities 193 Emerging Parish Structures 35
II. Visible Commitment to Buildingthe Life of the Parish
4 Ministries o Word, Worship, and Service 535 Spirituality o Parish Lie 63
III. Total Ministering Communities
6 Te Leadership Factor 777 Marks o Excellence: Personal and Proessional 101
IV. Emerging Practices
8 Best Practices or Parish Excellence 1139 Recommendations or Pastoral Planning 131Appendix: Symposia Participant Prole 149Endnotes 153About the Project 155About the Authors 157
 
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The Context forParish Ministry
What do pastoral leaders in the United States see or the par-ish o the uture? Trough a series o eight regional symposiaconducted between November 2004 and November 2006, theEmerging Models o Pastoral Leadership Project asked vehundred pastoral leaders or their views. Tese symposia gath-ered leading-edge, grassroots pastoral leaders who were identi-ed by their dioceses to participate in a three-day gathering.Structured questions were used at these symposia to evalu-ate and detect emerging trends in pastoral lie and emergingleadership or the Catholic community in the United States.Te pastoral leaders identied many pressures that havean impact on parishes. For instance, parishes are aced withincreasing nancial pressures to maintain their viability asare other not-or-prot organizations. In addition, parishes inmetropolitan areas oten ace changing demographics as theCatholic population disperses and, in many cases, shits to thesuburbs and to the South and to the West. Many dioceseshave an abundance o physical assets in locations that are poor,underserved, and no longer Catholic. Tese dioceses also lackadequate capital to build new churches and schools whereCatholics have moved.Parish schools are struggling with their vitality and iden-tity, with 845 schools or 11.5 percent closing over the past
 
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New models and structures or parish schools arebeing considered throughout the United States. Te availabil-ity o priests to serve local parishes is a powerul driver orthe uture context, structure, and vitality o parish ministries.Parishes are also acing a nationwide decline in Mass atten-dance and the residual efects o national publicity about thesexual abuse o minor children by priests.In light o these conditions, one might expect that pastoralleaders would take a decidedly unavorable view o their par-ish and its uture viability. However, a steady, sober, and opti-mistic vision o the vitality and context o parish lie emergedamong symposia participants.When discussing the current context o parish ministry andits vitality, symposia participants were asked to look at three ac-tors. First, they considered a spiritually alive and healthy com-munity represented by vibrant participation and celebration o the Eucharist and sacraments. Second, participants were askedto consider the visible commitments within their parishes tobuilding the lie o the aith community, with a demonstratedinvolvement o parishioners in ministries o the word, worship,and service within the church and beyond to the larger com-munity. Finally, participants were asked to consider the concepto a total ministering community, which involves the leadershipo pastors, pastoral staf, and pastoral council members workingtogether to orge a vision o the parish.Figure 1 (see page 16) indicates the importance symposiaparticipants place on these three leadership elements o parishlie. It is clear that parish ministers recognize the importanceo these attributes as contributing to the vitality and uturestability o parish lie.

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