In every age the Church fulfills its great commission by responding
to the spiritual hungers of God's people. This Diocese has experienced
what could be the largest restructuring in the history of the American
Catholic Church. Whether or not a particular parish has directly
experienced structural change the religious landscape for parishes has
shifted dramatically. Successful parishes are responsive to the
audiences of a new religious landscape.
Now is the time to take strategic steps forward to insure parish
vitality. Churches set on thriving, and not just surviving,
are becoming strategic about parish purpose and plans. Strategic
planning may involve rethinking old assumptions. It may change the way a
parish operates. But parishes willing to think strategically, and act
boldly will find new partners in the work of the Gospel. No matter what
lies ahead, these parishes will thrive. The Diocese of Buffalo will
help interested parishes take the next steps forward on this path.
Pastoral Planning Survey
(Sample Survey Report)
Parish Listening Session
Parish Cafe: A Process for Listening and Planning
A Process for Engaging Change
TOOLS FOR STRATEGIC COOPERATION
Sharing Best Practices - Toward Parish Cooperation
Leadership in Multi-site or Parish Clusters
Parish vitality does not just happen. It is the result of strategic
choices. The Office for Evangelization and Parish Life provides facilitation, consultation
and skill workshops for parishes interested in the pastoral planning.
There is no cost for any service. If you are interested in the
cooperative advantage, the Office for Evangelization and Parish Life is at your service.
Contact: Office for Evangelization and Parish Life