The Office for Planning and Councils assists and supports pastors, parish directors, staffs, pastoral and finance councils, commissions and committees in their roles to carry out the mission of Christ to the world. Areas of support include, but are not limited to, consultation, data collection and analysis, workshops, training, manuals, videos/powerpoints, and newsletters. The goal of the Office is "to make parishes better."
Comprised of representatives from throughout the ten counties of the archdiocese, the APC meets regularly with the Archbishop to consult on matters related to pastoral activity and the mission of the church. In the fall and spring, deanery representatives gather two representatives from each pastoral council to discuss issues and share best practices at Deanery Assemblies.
Training, formation and resources are provided for those who serve in parish leadership. The organization in which they serve is guided by Norms for Pastoral Councils and Norms for Finance Councils which have been approved by the Archbishop.
Demographic and Parish Data Reports
Parishes get better by known who they are and whom they serve. The Office provides and supports demographic information through MissionInsite and offers annual parish summary reports, as well as Pastoral Activity Reports.
The Archdiocesan Planning Commission assists the Archbishop with strategic planning initiatives and their implementation.
Resources and consultation for parishes and multi-parish communities to conduct Leadership Summits for short-term planning or Strategic Planning for 5 - 7 year efforts.
The Multi-Parish Ministry Institute is designed for parishes looking for ways to work more closely together.
Register now for the second set of sessions that are scheduled for September 12, 2017; November 28, 2017; and January 16, 2018. Each session is held at the Archbishop Cousins Center, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Lunch is included for each session.
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