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Using foundational texts and concepts from Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (“The Joy of the Gospel”), participants discussed what the Holy Father’s call for “a pastoral and missionary conversion” of the Church might mean for their local parish community. Participants left with a renewed commitment to living as missionary disciples—following Jesus more closely and reaching out to those on the peripheries more intentionally.

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This workshop invited us to consider the implications of ministering and evangelizing in a post-modern world.

Participants looked at how to engage today's culture and build parishes that are vibrant and effective in bringing people to Christ (evangelization) or back to Christ (re-evangelization).

Specific aspects of parish life were named and explored. This workshop was specific, practical and interactive.

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Evangelization at the parish involves more than schools, bulletins and welcome home at Christmas. From his own St Margaret Mary Parish experience, Neil presented current data from Rebuilt and Forming Intentional Disciples. Rebuilt is the story of a Roman Catholic Church that completely rebuilt their parish around evangelization, growing from 1700 families to 4000+ actively engaged families. Forming Intentional Disciples reviews the 7 stages of growth from inquiry to commitment. This book is from the Catherine of Siena Institute.

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Part I - Forming the Council | A Parish Pastoral Council, in collaboration with its pastor, assumes responsibility for the overall well-being of a parish, present and future. How should they be structured? How many people should be involved? What role can they play in the ministries of a parish, from social outreach to liturgical celebrations? In this workshop, we will cover the diocesan guidelines for parish pastoral councils, and best practices for effective groups.

Part II - Pastoral Planning | The primary function of a parish pastoral council is to plan for the well-being of its parishioners and its ministry. Strategic planning for accomplishing the parish’s mission is key to its success or failure.  In this workshop we will explore the importance of a parish’s pastoral planning efforts; examine the areas of focus outlined by the diocesan Framework for Pastoral Action; learn how to design a pastoral plan that is ambitious, yet practical; and discover how to implement action plans and measure their success.

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Using foundational texts and concepts from Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (“The Joy of the Gospel”), participants will discuss what the Holy Father’s call for “a pastoral and missionary conversion” of the Church might mean for their local parish community. Prior knowledge of the document is not necessary, but all participants will leave with a renewed commitment to living as missionary disciples—following Jesus more closely and reaching out to those on the peripheries more intentionally.

Follow Up Resources