If you examine professional development for pastoral ministers, you see a not-surprising array of topics and offerings. At conventions, parish and diocesan workshops, and even graduate programs, you’ll find classes in music, sacramental theology, scripture, liturgy, and spirituality. These are, of course, well and good. But what about the more practical, even mundane, topics necessary for successful ministry? What about operational planning? Or strategic planning? Or navigating interpersonal relationships? Or budgeting?
In today’s episode, we explore the concept of operational development and why these practical realities are of great importance for anyone who wants their ministry to be both efficient and effective. To do so, we’ll speak with organizational expert Kathy Bartlett, and we’ll hear tips for running an effective parish staff meeting in today’s Ministry Moment.
For more information about St. Matthew's Catholic Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, visit the parish website. You can read an article about the parish, the largest in the United States, from the May 1, 2017 issue of America Magazine.
If you haven't done so yet, go back and listen to our conversation with Leisa Anslingerin Episode #014. We discuss discovering and living your strengths, and other topics also addressed in this episode.
There were lots of organizations mentioned in our conversation! You can find more information by following the links below.
- To learn more about StrengthsFinder, visit the Gallup Organization website.
- While you are there, you can also visit the ME25 Member Engagement survey pagethat Kathy mentioned in the episode.
- You can visit the Catherine of Sienna Instituteat their website.
- Also, you can find out more about the "appreciative inquiry" process by doing a simple search in your preferred search engine.
You can read articles about leading effective parish staff meetings at the Christianity Today ("How to Run a Great Staff Meeting") and Ministry Best Practices ("How to Make Meetings Stink Less") websites.
Visit NPM's digital resource library, referenced at the end of the episode.
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