The Parish Development Ministry offers tools, encouragement and assistance in various forms.
Parishes can schedule workshops and discussion forums to be held on weeknights, or weekends. A variety of topics are offered including: parish health and renewal; discovering shared values; parish leadership; revamping parish councils; stewardship, evangelization.
Webinars are online sessions in which speakers present training material via the web, will be scheduled from time to time for general audiences as well as for a individual parishes. See webinar info
Topical multi-parish conferences, bringing together leaders from many parishes to discuss common issues and obstacles will be scheduled as appropriate on an as needed basis.
An electronic newsletter -- Parish Pulse will be e-mailed to subscribed parish leaders four of five times per year. Click to subscribe or to go toarchives of past issues.
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Articles are available on a variety of parish development topics throughout this section of the Diocese' website. (See sidebar section at right.) More will be added based upon need.
Tools and Templates
Handbooks and templates for dealing with various parish development concerns will be shared among parishes via this website.
Consulting and Coaching
Individualized assistance is available to clergy and lay leaders on as needed basis via telephone, email, collaborative web based sessions, skype etc.