Each Family of Parishes will follow the Pastoral Planning Pathway to guide its future. This Pathway will assist each Family in creating a pastoral plan for the parishes in the Family, articulating how they will live out the five Beacons principles and abide by each of the parameters, all aimed towards vital, mission-driven parish life within the Family of Parishes and ultimately, as one canonical parish.
12 – 18 Mo
Building a Family Leadership Team (FLT) and a unified Family Pastoral Council (FPC) will establish the depth and breadth of staff and lay leadership which will engage in Beacons of Light project.
Family Leadership Team
Family Pastoral Council
6 – 9 Mo
A vision is a rallying cry for a vital and missionary Family of Parishes. The FLT must collaborate with lay leadership to cast this vision. Visio Day and the Family Visioning Process foster collaboration and support from a broader group.
6 – 9 Mo
Vision only works if it is purposefully incorporated into the parish family life and ecclesial culture. The Culture phase will enable the FLT and other leaders to align their strategies and activities with the vision of a vital and missionary Family of Parishes.
Strategy for Culture Management
6 – 9 Mo
Now that a vision and ecclesial culture are defined, Family leaders collaborate on a strategic plan that identifies the strategies, work steps, resources, and timelines necessary to achieve that vision and continue to foster the ecclesial culture defined by the vision.
9 – 15 Mo
Implementing those action steps is how the FLT and Family of Parishes achieve that vision and change the Family of Parishes culture to support unity, parish vitality, and missionary discipleship. This then becomes an ongoing mode of operation as the Family of Parishes continues to plan and execute.
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