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Title: Planning at St Francis of Assisi

Planning at St Francis of Assisi
  • John Toole
  • Parish Leadership Council
  • Sept 10, 2007

  • Background
  • How the Parish Plans
  • Lessons Learned
  • Case Study Spirituality

Saint Francis of Assisi Background
  • Pastor Msgr John Sandersfeld, Fr Loi13
    additional staff hundreds of volunteers
  • Have grown from 380 families (1993) to over 2500
    (2007) who are alive and passionate in their
    ministries activities
  • Founded on the concept of small communities
    working together
  • Today have 12 communities who have both unique
    and common characteristics
  • Multinational
  • Believe in a lay/clergy/staff partnership

Principles of Lay/Clergy/Staff Partnership
  • Create an organizational structure comprised of
    lay leaders, clergy and staff that ensure genuine
    participation in the management and leadership of
    the parish
  • Our lay/clergy partnership will
  • Empower those who do the work by decision making
    at the lowest possible levels of the parish
  • Incorporate multi cultural managerial and
    leadership competencies of dedicated lay persons
  • Implement rigorous forms of performance
  • Provide financial stewardship transparency to all
  • Share decision making and planning thru consensus
  • Provide continuity training to assure leadership
    development and managerial succession
  • This affects attitudes, decisionmaking,

  • Background
  • How the Parish Plans
  • Lessons Learned
  • Case Study Spirituality

Parish Council Roadmap Strategic Projects
St Francis Parish Plan Goals
  • Community process built the plan in 2004
  • Parish renewed its mission, vision, values,
    strategies, and directions
  • Defined strategies and goals which help set
    measurable goals
  • Communities are asked to define detailed goals
  • Rolled out a New Organizational Structure
  • Updated the Plan in 2006 to cover 2006-2011

Parish Strategies and Goals
  • Helped set the directions for more detailed
    plans and goals of the next 2 years
  • Chose a subset to focus actions
  • Implemented them through the new organizational
  • Key component was to empower more leaders to make
    decisions at the lowest level possible
  • Build a goal-setting culture in the leadership

Parish Leadership Organization

Ecclesial Communities Commission
Finance Team
Social Justice Team
Parish Leadership Council
Admin Commission
Faith Formation Commission
Preschool Adult Day Care Memorial Garden Parish
Multi Cultural Team
Pastoral Commission
Our Parish Organization (Simplified)
  • Pastoral Leadership Council
  • Representative of the parish
  • Build community through consensus
  • Leadership, strategy, oversight, and direction
  • Commissions - Collaborate, empower and address
    issues focus and direct action of leaders within
    each pastoral area area
  • Ecclesial Communities representing the ECs
  • Faith Formation
  • Administration Stewardship
  • Pastoral
  • Teams Provide functional expertise to
    ministries of the parish
  • Social Justice
  • Finance
  • Social
  • Community and assembly - Those we serve

  • Background
  • How the Parish Plans
  • Lessons Learned
  • Case Study Spirituality

Some Lessons Learned
  • We had to build a Planning and Goal Setting
    Culture that will always need attention
  • It takes time, but dont give up
  • Training is needed - leaders must commit to make
    it happen
  • Turnover affects the culture make it for the
  • Work hard with the Diocese to Plan together
  • Many things affect the parish is BIG ways
  • Capital Campaigns
  • Taxes, interest rates, special collections
  • Major Mantainence
  • Its a two way street set the right example
    with things you can control and make assumptions
    (that can be measured)
  • Learn from the past invent the future for your
    parish we BELIEVE and have FAITH that God wants
    us to
  • Enjoy the fruits of your labors it motivates
    the entire parish
  • Communicate more than you think you need to

  • Background
  • How the Parish Plans
  • Lessons Learned
  • Case Study Spirituality

Case Study Spirituality Program
  • 2-3 years ago we added an initiative to deepen
    the lives of our parishners and the vulnerable
  • Initiatives are identified by the Pastor,
    council, communities each year
  • Began very small, prototyped a few ministries,
    little budget
  • Today have a set of Ministries Programs that
    support the entire parish and beyond
  • Added to parish goals reported each month on
  • Coached leaders and built ministry teams now
    have a full Pastoral Commission
  • Touch peoples hearts

  • Questions Answers