Pastoral Collaborative Relevancy within a Parish Pastoral Council

Pastoral Collaborative Relevancy within a Parish pastoral Council .
Today, and only today are we called upon to take seriously the element of pastoral collaborative excellency to a higher level. In our parishes, we have very many qualified professionals that sometimes look at us priests and simply laugh at us, why? the way we do things in our given parishes, is very wanting and disgusting to the extent that even the same professionals fear to confront the pastor for fear of falling out with the pastor and in this context the parish priest. They usually take the parish priest’s decisions sometimes with a lot of doubt at heart. This comes as a result of suppressive or mitigative collaborative leadership.
The big question is? What is this we call pastoral collaborative excellency? And is it a healthy practice that we need to build up in most of our parishes and Christian communities for healthy pastoral ministers and the lay leaders?
Creating Space for Dialogue Over time teams learn to mak…


The What, Why, Who, How, When, and Where of Public Participation What is it?
Public participation is the involvement of people in a problem-solving or decision-making process that may interest or affect them.
Why do it?
Believe it or not, involving the public can make your job easier. Involving the public has several practical, philosophical, and ethical benefits. Some of the more important reasons for involving the public include a desire or need to:
 • Meet regulations and requirements: Many programs, laws, and rules require some level of public participation.  • Adhere to democratic principles: Our culture and society embraces the philosophy that people have the right to influence what affects them. As Abraham Lincoln said, our government is intended to be of, by, and for the people. Involving the public and seriously considering their input and needs is more often than not the right thing to do. Public participation provides a method for incorporating the public’s…
THE YOUTH CULTURE AND ITS REVOLUTION Life is too short to eat and drink poorly… What is culture?  Culture is defined as the shared patterns of behaviour and interactions, cognitive constructs, and affective understanding that are learned through a process of socialization. These shared patterns identify the members of a culture group while also distinguishing those of another group. Culture therefore describes the many ways in which human beings express themselves for the purpose of uniting with others and forming a group. It defines the identity distinguishing itself as unique but not better than the others. Loving the way, a group does its things, language, cultures, customs uniquely distinct but within a given environment and people.
Cultural expression is highly sensual in that human beings often create activities, practices, symbols, and the like that can easily be consumed by the senses. For instance, in globalization, migration, and technological advancement, people are questionin…


Do you know the Catholic Social Teaching?
The Church’s social teaching is a rich treasure of wisdom about building a just society and living lives of holiness amidst the challenges of modern society. Modern Catholic social teaching has been articulated through a tradition of papal, conciliator, and episcopal documents. The depth and richness of this tradition can be understood best through a direct reading of these documents. In these brief reflections, we highlight several of the key themes that are at the heart of our Catholic social tradition. It’s one thing to know the social catholic teaching is another thing to practice them. Many Catholics just hear about the social teaching but have never come in contact to sit down and read them.
Life and Dignity of the Human Person
The Catholic Church proclaims that human life is sacred and that the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society. This belief is the foundation of all the principles of our social tea…


The people of God
The big question you and I should ask is who or what is the Church? The church is foremost the people, an institution but primarily a community where people feel a sense of belonging and fully participate in daily activities and Christian life experience.
 The church is you and I …. the we…the assembly, the whole people of God in a particular teaching centered on the resurrected Christ. The church therefore is not only hierarchy, the clergy, members of religious communities but all the community of all baptized. A community marked by a rich diversity of gender, class, education, social status, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity and culture. It includes saints and sinners alike (both divine and human). One of the council's most important affirmations, the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, known by its Latin title as Lumen gentium, declared that charisms, or gifts of the Holy Spirit, areavailable to all the faithful, "of every rank" (n. 12).


In the Business week, George Amber writes on the theme of leadership and management with a captivating topic on The Seven Secrets of Inspiring LeadersonSunday, September 28, 2008. Delving into a research by Maritz Research which had an interesting outcome of employees in any given institution who are always motivated and looking forward to going to work every morning. The research found out that only 10% had that enthusiasm. The question to as is why? This all boils down to lack of leadership in most work places, institutions and organizations. The following seven techniques were shown to result in inspirational communication: Demonstrate enthusiasm always. A leader must be full of passion for what he/she does. That inner push to inspire the self and the others before you expire, for you cannot give what you don’t have. As a leader isn’t fair to ask for more than you cannot offer, or promise to construct a bridge where there is no river. Passion is…
The Common Mistakes We Make As Leaders…There is this very interesting article written by Tony Morgan., in Church Solution Magazine entitled 10 Stupid Leadership Mistakes I’ve Made, dated 6 May 2008. 

These ten points have been my soul searching and understanding of what leadership is all about especially in context of being a church leader and a pastoral agent. 

These are common mistakes we as leaders make and the most interesting thing of these mistakes is that as a leader in whatever capacity, rank, position have to face the litmus test and admit that we have in one time in our leadership vocation we have fallen into these mistakes and ought to own up and learn from our mistakes without blaming anyone as a scapegoat. 

I do believe that once we share these points, we will be able to become good leaders in our churches, parishes, communities and at a larger level in this global village of ours.

1. Hiring too fast and firing too slow. 

We tend to always want to do things in a very fast mann…