Parish Pastoral Guidelines Manual
The Parish Pastoral Guidelines manual of the Archdiocese of Newark is designed to help parishes develop their councils in order to surface and guide the pastoral planning and ministry needs of the local area. The manual begins with an introduction from Cardinal Tobin on the importance of parish pastoral councils followed by six chapters:
• Articles of Understanding
• Leading Meetings Effectively
• Exploring a Consultative Model
• The Consensus Process
• Resolving Conflicts
• Decision Making: A Way Forward
The Appendix contains prayers and sample agenda to help plan meetings. These guidelines are designed so that the contents can be updated and revised on an ongoing basis.
Information for newly formed councils or new members of existing councils
Visioning for the Mission: An Introduction to Parish Councils
6 part series
This course provides the necessary steps to develop, grow and strengthen a vibrant parish council. Learners will gain insight and clarity on parish council protocols and best practices.
Parish Vitality: Creating a Sense of Welcome
3 part series
The results of our Synod on Synodality listening sessions cited welcome and hospitality as top needs in parishes. Learn how to make people feel like they are a part of your community.
Leading a Meeting Effectively
This course offers best practices to prepare for and lead effective meetings.
Discernment and Consensus Building
Learn how to discern and make decisions together to build unity in parish staffs, councils, ministries and other parish activities/organizations.