Listening to the People of God: Closing, Rebuilding, and Revitalizing Parishes

Overview

The process of restructuring a parish—due to clergy shortage and changing demographic, among other things—from the traditional staffing model to a different staffing model, can be traumatic for many parishioners. Studies have been done that consider the opinions of diocesan planners and priests who have been involved in parish restructuring. But as of yet, no one has asked the opinions of parishioners. This book reports on the findings of a survey of parish pastoral council members in parishes that have undergone...
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Overview

The process of restructuring a parish—due to clergy shortage and changing demographic, among other things—from the traditional staffing model to a different staffing model, can be traumatic for many parishioners. Studies have been done that consider the opinions of diocesan planners and priests who have been involved in parish restructuring. But as of yet, no one has asked the opinions of parishioners. This book reports on the findings of a survey of parish pastoral council members in parishes that have undergone a restructuring. Through their responses to the survey items and in their thoughtful responses to an open-ended question, they provide us with insights as to those activities that they think are most important in easing the trauma of a parish restructuring.

Over the next few years nearly every U.S. diocese will feel the need to restructure parishes. This book provides all those involved—diocesan planners, pastors, and the folks in the pew—with insights and specific recommendations as to how to most effectively carry out a parish restructuring.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809145355
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2008
  • Pages: 65
  • Sales rank: 1,280,860
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Zech is a professor of economics at Villanova University and the director of the Center for the Study of Church Management at Villanova. He received a PhD from the University of Notre Dame. He is the author or co-author of over 75 books and articles, including Money Matters: Personal Giving in American Churches, Plain Talk About Churches and Money, Why Catholics Don't Give…And What Can Be Done About It, The Parish Management Handbook, and Lay Ministers and Their Spiritual Practices.

Bob Miller is director of the Office for Research and Planning, Archdiocese of Philadelphia, which he founded in 1990. He is the author of A National Study of Recent Diocesan Efforts at Parish Reorganization in the United States and The Parish Management Handbook.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction 1

Ch. 2 The Catholic parish 3

Ch. 3 Reasons for changes to organizational structures in U.S. parishes 10

Ch. 4 What parishes can learn from corporate mergers 15

Ch. 5 What parishes can learn from blended families 21

Ch. 6 What parishes can learn from other parishes : preparation and planning 26

Ch. 7 What parishes can learn from other parishes : implementation 39

Ch. 8 Seven things that dioceses and parishioners can do to help parishes that need to restructure 47

Notes 51

Bibliography 55

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