Best Practices in Catholic Church Ministry Performance by Charles Zech, James H. Alphen, Christopher Anderson, John

By Charles Zech, James H. Alphen, Christopher Anderson, John Rev. Beal, Lisa R. Berlinger, David DeLambo, Seton Hall University, Deacon Justin Green, Daniel Koys, Most Reverend Donald W. Wuerl, Charles E. Zech

The Church isn't really a company, however it does have a stewardship accountability to make sure that all of its assets are used as successfully as attainable to hold out God's paintings on the earth. relating to human source resources, sturdy stewardship contains supporting these engaged in ministry (whether clerical or lay) to accomplish their maximum strength in the course of the a variety of parts of functionality administration, together with functionality evaluation. This specific assortment brings jointly either students and practitioners who take on the tough questions regarding the functionality administration of lay Church employees and clergy (priests and deacons).

Performance administration is multi-faceted, starting from matters approximately hiring, task descriptions, functionality standards, functionality appraisal, formation, and firing techniques. As a charitable association, the Church is topic to an analogous civil legislation employment rules as businesses within the inner most region. members reveal that Canon legislations and Church culture helps the functionality administration of Church ministers (including clergy). this can be a worthwhile source for courses in church ministry, pastoral management, and within the rising box of church administration.

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The evaluation tool for parish life prepared by the diocese was far more relevant to the lived life of the bureaucratic style parishes, though a significant proportion of the parishes are of the communal type. Such variation in the life of our parishes is a factor to consider in any plans for evaluation processes. I think that performance management would be particularly difficult to implement in communal-type parishes. 50 Zeni Fox If, indeed, most parishes are more like family businesses, what would be an effective system for performance management?

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The first is the idea of vocation, of a call from God to what we do in life. There has been significant expansion of this concept in the Catholic community in recent years, inviting us to be attentive to God’s call to each member of the community. There has always been an emphasis on how important discernment of God’s call is relative to leadership of the ecclesial community. There is also a long tradition of nurturing and supporting vocations of church service. The bishops say: These lay ecclesial ministers often express a sense of being called.

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