Toolbox for Pastoral Leadership
The management tools you'll need for the parish your parishioners deserve
The Toolbox for Pastoral Leadership is for new Catholic pastors who understand that management skills are essential for creating and sustaining the dynamic and vibrant parish that is vital for living out the Gospel.
and Saint John's Abbey
October 12-17, 2014
"A Pastor's Toolbox helps pastors--both veteran and neophyte--make good use of the technology and administrative resources that are available while helping them maintain their primary focus on the spiritual care of the people entrusted to them. It is an invaluable resource for priests everywhere." Most Reverend Wilton D. Gregory, Archbishop of Atlanta
St. John's Abbey Guesthouse, Collegeville, Minnesota
The management tools you'll need for the parish your parishioners deserve. The toolbox for Pastoral Management is for new Catholic pastors who understand that management skills are essential for creating and sustaining the dynamic and vibrant parish that is vital for living out the Gospel.
As the visible leader of the parish community, the Catholic pastor works to bring his people to Christ and to ensure that the parish community strives to develop and accomplish its pastoral mission. He does not do this alone; every parish member must bear responsibility for its struggles and success. However, the pastor must call for the gifts and participation of the parish community and motivate, enable and affirm them in their efforts. Cooperation with the pastoral and finance councils, other committees and staff, as well as diocesan offices and agencies, is essential for the pastor's leadership role.
As the Bishops of the United States have stated, "Pastors need skills, for example, in communications and administration. They need practical wisdom, for example, to translate general norms into their particular situation. They need presence and availability to their people, so that they can be effective sacramental signs of the Church's unity and the Good Shepherd's care. Finally, they need spiritual transparency or an evident spirituality that enables them to be unambiguous witnesses of the holy mysteries that they proclaim and celebrate" (USCCB, Basic Plan for the Ongoing Formation of Priests).
In Pastores Dabo Vobis, Pope John Paul II addressed the need for ongoing formation which "is demanded by the priestly ministry seen in a general way and taken in common with other professions, that is as a service directed to others. There is no profession, job or work which does not require constant updating, if it is to remain current and effective."
A Toolbox for Pastoral Management is a step toward that updating.
- New pastors can reap measurable benefits from strengthening critical skill sets in the areas of administration, finance, and personnel management. As pastors develop in these areas, they become better positioned to assist their parishes in the stewardship of human and financial resources.
- A dozen experts in various fields will be presenting on such topics as a theology of management, stewardship, internal financial controls, risk management, building finance and pastoral councils, as well as standards for excellence from which every parish, and its pastor, can benefit.
- Hosted by the Saint John's School of TheologySeminary in partnership with Saint John's Abbey and The National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management, this weeklong conference is designed specifically for first-time pastors.
- The cost for this weeklong conference is $1000. It is recommended that the cost be shared by the Pastor, his sponsoring diocese and the parish. Registration includes workshop, meals and lodging.
Schedule of Presentations