Preparation by the Pastor and Parish Staff

In preparation for the Annual Self Assessment of the Pastoral
Plan, the Pastor or someone he designates:

 Preparation of the Parish Pastoral Council:

It is recommended that the Education Section of the council's Agenda (about 15 minutes) for one or two meetings prior to the Annual Self Assessment meeting be devoted to preparing the council for this annual review.

  There are three parts to this education component:

Part 1. The need for parish pastoral planning. 

It would be beneficial if parish staff and those parishioners who are involved in implementation efforts be present for this educational part of the meeting. This may be presented by the pastor or his delegate.

 a. Church Teaching
 b. Organization Theory

Part 2.The brief report of all the implementation actions accomplished for each plan goal.

Part 3.A review (preview) of the agenda for Annual Self Assessment of the Pastoral Plan.


Every parish is already involved in a process of ongoing pastoral planning. The Pastor, parish staff, and parishioners take actions as part of the ongoing development of the parish community. To continue the work that has gone before is good stewardship and it respects the work of these dedicated people. As a part of this ongoing process, Parish Pastoral Councils routinely review the progress that has been made and form objectives for the next year to continue to accomplish the goals the plan has proposed. One of the responsibilities of those (parish staff, organization leaders, volunteers or others) carrying out the actions required to accomplish the parish pastoral plan is to keep the Parish Pastoral Council up to date on the progress being made.

In preparing your report of implementation efforts for the Parish Pastoral Council, the following may be helpful in focusing your thoughts:

As you review the actions that you have taken to implement your area of responsibility for the Parish Pastoral Plan, you may want to ask:

  1. Are the actions being performed the right ones to achieve the objective?
  2. Were these actions successful?  If they were not successful, what seemed to present difficulty?
  3. Were there any discoveries/surprises?
  4. Is something further required?
  5. What is the next step?

If you come across recommendations for which no actions have been
taken, you may want to ask:

1. Why has action not been taken on these recommendations?
2. What are the barriers to action?  (i.e., vagueness of intent, fear, lack of

3. What actions will be taken? 
4. When will some action take place?  Who will be responsible?

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