Scripture-Based Leadership, Part 6: Building a Team

Posted by Colin May on Sep 30, 2020 7:02:00 AM

Jesus went up the mountain and summoned those whom he wanted and they came to him. He appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) that they might be with him and he might send them forth to preach and to have authority to drive out demons. (Mark 3:13–15)

Jesus knew the importance of teamwork. In building a team of twelve Apostles, he made working together to build the Kingdom of God an essential element of the Christian faith, and a delicate but fundamental task of Christian leaders. So too must we foster a sense of belonging, community, and purpose. 

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Topics: leadership, Scripture, ministry resources

Scripture-Based Leadership, Part 5: Co-Responsibility

Posted by Colin May on Sep 24, 2020 9:39:15 AM

The nature of leadership, authority, governance, and responsibility in the Catholic Church has been debated since the Apostles began sending out delegates and anointing presbyters and deacons to help serve the growing Christian community. The Church has historically relied on clergy and religious to further its mission, as well as dedicated laypeople; however, with the emergence of “Nones“ (religiously unaffiliated young people) and the decline (and challenges) in religious vocations, a gap has developed between the expectations of the faithful and the ability of the Church to fill many of its non-ordained leadership roles.

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Topics: leadership, Scripture, Called & Co-Responsible Conference, co-responsibility, ministry resources

Scripture-Based Leadership, Part 4: Acknowledging God's Gifts

Posted by Colin May on Sep 17, 2020 7:12:00 AM

“Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, for wisdom and power are his.
He causes the changes of the times and seasons, establishes kings and deposes them.
He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who understand.”
(Daniel 2:20–21)

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Zooming Out: Adapting Parish Programs to New Formats

Posted by Katie Diltz on Sep 16, 2020 7:35:00 AM

Ministry leaders are working hard this year to adapt programs to new formats, including online and hybrid models. It can be tempting to “copy and paste” old programs into new formats, to put old wine into new wineskins (see Matthew 9:17, Mark 2:22, and Luke 5:37–38). For example, we can email parents a lesson plan and tell them which pages to cover in the religious ed textbook, or we can gather the teens on Zoom to watch the youth minister give a talk and send them into breakout rooms for small group time. These solutions are fine, but they fail to respond creatively and take into account the reality we are all experiencing.

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Topics: youth ministry, parish life, ministry, coronavirus, COVID-19 Resources, ministry resources

Scripture-Based Leadership, Part 3: Building a Framework

Posted by Colin May on Sep 10, 2020 7:03:00 AM

Having a “mental model” or common framework is helpful in establishing expectations, skills, and competencies around leadership. Scripture brings the lessons of leadership to life through the image of the cedar tree. The cedar of Lebanon is an effective way to contemplate the vocation, mission, and development of leaders in the Catholic Church.

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