St. Albert the Great in Austin, TX

Fr. Charlie Garza first encountered Amazing Parish back in 2015 as a new pastor. He saw incredible fruits within his parish community and developed confidence in his leadership abilities by engaging in the AP process. Armed with this knowledge, Father didn’t hesitate to…

Catholic Parishes of Sandusky, OH

“Confidence—that’s how having a parish leadership team has impacted me most as a pastor.” Fr. Monte Hoyles came to the Amazing Parish Cincinnati Conference in May 2019 with a brand new team and a “to-do” list mentality as pastor of The Catholic Parishes of Sandusky in Ohio.

Petersburg Pastoral Region, OH

Fr. Sean Wilson first attended the Amazing Parish conference as one of the youngest pastors in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. His first assignment (Petersburg Pastoral Region) was a challenging one: a pastoral region of four parishes, all going through a time of…

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WHEN PASTORS AVOID DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS, PEOPLE SUFFER

Difficult conversations. Your temptation might be to avoid them altogether, and you’re not alone. We’ve surveyed pastors across the country and received feedback that “Having difficult conversations” is the most challenging of the 5 things that only a pastor can do. During the webinar on your right, we dive into this topic specifically and offer strategies to overcome the temptation to avoid difficult conversations. Let’s overcome it together!

SURVIVING OR THRIVING WEBINAR SERIES PAST RECORDINGS

3 CONVERSATIONS TO MAKE YOUR PARISH STRONGER

Parishes that want to fulfill their potential as outposts of the Great Commission must have offices that ooze the love that comes from prayer, fellowship and wall-to-wall ministry. Is that your parish office? If not, take these simple steps, and watch what happens. When the parish opens again, you’ll actually be stronger and more prepared to help people find Jesus than you were before!

5 THINGS THAT ONLY A PASTOR CAN DO

No leader is purely reward-centered or responsibility-centered. We all struggle at times, and we all rise up to do the right thing at times. But one of these two motives for leadership will be predominant, and that motive will have a profound impact on the success of the pastor and the parish he serves.

A pastor who accepts responsibility-centered leadership embraces the following 5 things that only he can do:

  1. Having difficult and uncomfortable conversations
  2. Actively managing direct reports
  3. Running great team meetings
  4. Facilitating team-building activities
  5. Communicating constantly and repetitively to staff members

LIVE FROM KANSAS CITY!

Attending one of our national conferences is the best way to dive deep into the Amazing Parish process. You’ll receive first-hand organizational health training from New York Times bestselling author, Patrick Lencioni, and you’ll learn from dynamic and engaging Catholic speakers and leaders. Following the conference, the pastor and parish leadership team have access to ongoing support from an Amazing Parish coach at no additional cost.

Invite your pastor to bring a team to Kansas City in October 2020!

PAT'S POINT OF VIEW

Perspectives from the desk of organizational health expert Patrick Lencioni.

Only the pastor can take the first step

“The journey toward becoming an amazing parish does not begin by reading a book or attending a conference or participating in a webinar. It does not happen with a group of people sitting around a table discussing the future direction or mission of the parish. It happens when the pastor, sitting alone, prayerfully decides that he will be a leader.”

A few thoughts for leaders and managers

“Second, be persistent. This is not a time to hold back. Send people updates and regular communication, even if there is not a lot of new information and the message is largely personal. No one will look back at this time and say, “my manager was so annoying with all the encouraging e-mails checking in on me.” When people are isolated, over-communication is more important than ever.”

Help fight the war for jobs

“I don’t think it’s hyperbole to say that there is a war going on, but most people think it is only a medical war being fought by the brave men and women in hospitals, health care facilities and laboratories.

In fact, there are multiple fronts in this war, and I believe that one of the most critical is the attack on jobs.”