Parish Ministry

Parish Ministry oversees programs and services in the Diocese that enhance the ability of parishes, clergy and lay leaders to meet the needs of their congregations and grow in faith. This may include personal and professional development for paid staff and volunteers, parish planning exercises, and stewardship development.

In particular, Parish Ministry is responsible for:

  • Overseeing programs and services within its mandate
  • Ensuring programs and services are consistent with the mission and strategy of the Diocese
  • Recommending, if needed, any change to the vision, goals and strategies of individual programs and services
  • Reviewing program and service requests and proposals, and providing them to Diocesan Council
  • Developing approaches to monitor the effectiveness of programs and services within its mandate
  • Reporting to Diocesan Council on program and service effectiveness
  • Providing advice and feedback to program leaders on program development and performance
  • Working with diocesan partners, particularly ecumenical partners, to identify program needs
  • Working in concert with Governance to provide oversight of key program risks
  • Reviewing the canons, bylaws and regulations of the Diocese that pertain to parish ministry matters at least annually, and recommending any changes to the Diocesan Council
  • Establishing and overseeing subcommittees, in collaboration with Governance.

Membership and composition
Parish Ministry has a maximum of 10 members. Two or three of them must also be members of Diocesan Council.

The committee includes a mix of clergy and lay members. At least one member comes from the rural regions of the Diocese.

Key areas of expertise are: stewardship, policy and program development, and education and training.

Committee operations
The committee meets four to six times per year. The Chair may request additional meetings if deemed necessary.

  • Baptismal Ministry Formation
  • Congregational Development
  • Stewardship

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