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Good News Parish Leadership

Author(s): Michael Papesh

ISBN13: 9781585957057

ISBN10: 1585957054

Publisher: CMD BOOK SOURCE

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  • Leaders are best when people barely know they exist; when their work is done, their aim fulfilled, the people will say: "We did it ourselves." Lao Tzu
    For many Catholics today, the leaders described above dont exist. For just as many, "parish leadership" does not equal "good news." But Father Michael Papesh believes it certainly CAN, and here he offers guidelines, tools, and ideas for making it happen. By sharing pastoral leadership and structuring power distribution, he says a parish can enjoy, be, mirror, proclaim, and bring to the world the transforming goodness of God. And thus he offers a "whole system" model for pastoral leadership that is theologically grounded in the hospitality of God as revealed through the ministry of Jesus.
    Because he clearly defines roles for the pastor, council, commission, and committee members, and for pastoral and administrative staff members, his visionary, spiritually grounded and highly participative model builds trust within the parish as a whole. He believes that effective leadership is grounded in the churchs mission, sound theology, common sense, and people working together in a common cause. He highlights four essential elements of a good news pastoral leadership: ongoing pastoral planning, discernment decision-making; broad and gracious hospitality; and trust building.
    This is a fascinating and challenging book for pastoral leaders, associates, pastoral council members, and all who are involved in and committed to parish life.

  • Michael Papesh



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Good News Parish Leadership