Friday, May 05, 2006

Parish Evaluation Project Workshop - June 19-21, 2006

Focusing Your Parish Vision:
Know Where You’re Going and How to Get There
June 19 – 21, 2006
Santa Clara University

Fr. Tom Sweetser, SJ and Sr. Peg Bishop, OSF

Co-sponsored by the Diocese of San Jose and the
Santa Clara University Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries

This three-day professional education workshop will examine the core structure and essentials of every parish through its liturgies, community-building, formation, outreach, administration, and leadership.

By modeling among ourselves and encouraging others to act in a partnership of shared wisdom and expertise, we provide opportunities for leaders to uncover needs and dreams, and move into the challenging future with faith, hope, and prophecy.

The goal of workshop is to answer five crucial questions:
  1. Who are we as a parish?
  2. Where are we now?
  3. Where are we going?
  4. How do we get there?
  5. How to measure our progress?

Catholic parishes are at a critical moment. People are hungry for an authentic, uplifting, and meaningful experience of Church. Our current times demand a new way of being pastoral leaders — and this demands an assessment of our parishes to gather accurate information and taking the risk of responding with new plans and creative ideas.

The workshop will be conducted in an interactive, collaborative mode — a practical, user-friendly, spiritual experience for all involved, and it will be conducted by the Parish Evaluation Project [PEP] — a team of Pastoral Consultants who work with and assist religious and service organizations across the United States and beyond.

The team will be Fr. Tom Sweetser, SJ and Sr. Peg Bishop, OSF. Fr. Sweetser is the founder and director of PEP and his articles have appeared in America, NCR, and Commonweal, among others. Sr. Peg Bishop, OSF is co-director and an expert in organizational development. She was the former director of religious education for the Diocese of Davenport, Iowa and facilitator of communication skill for Honeywell MICRO Switch Corporation.

June 19 and 20: 9:30 am – 3:30 pm (lunch provided)
June 21: 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Cost: $190 per person (includes all materials, two lunches, and coffee breaks).

Special Rate: Register and pay for three persons and a fourth person in your group is free. Scholarships are available.

Click here to download a registration form in Word.
Click here to download a registration form in PDF.

Contact: Terrie Iacino at (408) 983-0122.