Rights and Responsibilities
This session looks at the difference between "being" a pastor by
assignment and "becoming" a pastor by developing a relationship
with the people of God. Attention is given to canon law and what it
says the pastor is to focus on in his ministry.
Credibility and Authority: Servant Leadership
The session is an open dialogue about examples of those who have
served as models of servant leadership and how that shapes our
vision of how we intend to lead. What does it take to "earn"
credibility? How do different people view authority within the
Shared Ministry: Leading, Empowering and Coaching
We discuss what it means to celebrate and honor the role of all
the baptized in the Body of Christ by getting them involved in the
parish ministries while also forming them to know their gifts. To
lead is not something everyone is comfortable with and yet expected
of the pastor.
Quick, Simple, Healthy Cooking For One
More than a presentation, this dinner-preparation session is
designed to help the workshop participant gain some strategies for
preparing meals that are both good and good for the priest. Taking
care of ourselves is good stewardship of our bodies and allows us
to serve well those entrusted to our care. Beyond having the
knowledge and experience to prepare meals well, simply finding time
to cook can be a big challenge.
Leadership and Administration -
Dr. Brian Reynolds
Pastoral Planning and Development
Vibrant parishes are built on
effective planning, communication and fundraising. This session
presents a model for strategic planning that provides the
foundation for parish development.
Parish Staffing and Human Resource Issues
No pastor works alone. Whether there is a paid staff or
volunteers, all pastors need to address common human resource
issues. This session addresses issues related to hiring,
performance management and termination of employment.
Pastors do not need to be accountants. However, challenging
financial issues can prevent a parish from being able to fulfill
its mission. This session looks at parish finances through the lens
of a parish audit and assists pastors in identifying areas that
need a closer look.
Four Truths about Spiritual Leaders and Spiritual Leadership as
Embracing the four truths of our human nature allows us to more
fully practice the "art" of spiritual leadership using
our God-given tools.
Moses and David: Two Spiritual Leaders Who Still Teach Us about
A spiritual leader is a prophet and a mystic. So it is not about
loans, lights, locks and leaks.
How does it Work? What does it Take? When does it Happen?
A spiritual leader remembers the truths and becomes an artist
who inspires, enchants and transforms by revealing the Divine
The stress of increased demands and expectations of Catholic
priests, coupled with the shrinking number of clergy, can pull a
recently ordained priest into unhealthy habits and practices.
In this session, we'll discuss the priest's need for a healthy
self-ministry, realistic expectations, and strategies for keeping
balanced physically, mentally and spiritually.
General comments from 2013 Gearing Up to be a Pastor
- This workshop was very good, and I am pleased with the
material. I feel as if it was timely for me, and am
appreciative of the content that was presented.
- Everything was useful and helpful - thanks!
On "Being and Becoming a Pastor" sessions
- Fr. Jim related well with us. I realized that there are more
questions than answers about what will happen when I become a
pastor, but this was helpful to realize.
- Fr. Jim was well prepared and took seriously the subject
matter. His joy for ministry is obvious.
- It was good opening sessions to week. It is important for us to
envision becoming a pastor, and not just how to be a pastor by
delegation or assignment. He gave and embodied some good practical
steps to help us get there.
On "Parish Leadership and Administration"
- Very good sessions. Helped ease my anxiety about
administration things. He showed what is lacking in a lot of
parishes I've seen - vision and planning. Without the
direction and purpose, it's easy to become bogged down with
day-to-day activities just maintaining a parish.
- Brian showed an immense amount of expertise. The subject
matter, particularly human resources, was/is complex. I appreciated
his insistence on taking advantage of the chancery staff.
- Excellent information and things to consider.
On "The Priestly Art of Spiritual Leadership"
- This presenter is a very wise priest with lots of practical
experience. Enjoyed listening to him talk… could have listened
to him longer.
- An excellent explanation building upon Fr. Jim's sessions -
becoming a pastor after assignment.
- Fr. Tom did a very nice job. He was both challenging and
On "Living a Balanced Life" session
- Good practical considerations.
- Could have spent an entire day on this topic. Very
important material to cover at this stage of priestly
On "Quick, Simple, Healthy Cooking for One"
- Thanks for the recipes, encouragement and suggestions of
praying while cooking.
- I really appreciate his promotion of healthy habits, in
particular his cooking presentation.
- I need to learn how to plan ahead for meals. His tips were
very helpful toward that.