Parish Resources: Booklets, Models and Handouts

 Congregational Development - Organization Development

Survey-Feedback & Assessments Packet

The packet includes: Survey - Feedback in Parishes, One page descriptions of three models used in the assessments (Organizational Diagnosis, Four Key Systems, and the Christian Life Model), Six assessments related to the models, Three team assessments, Homily feedback process (with 3 feedback forms)

Cost: $40 for the packet. Comes with permission to use the materials as a parish leader, diocesan staff person, or as a consultant. You may make as many copies as needed for your work over the next five years. Materials are not to be sold though you may charge for copying costs.

 

Core Frameworks

Four one page descriptions of models for understanding the spiritual dynamics of a parish church. Also a related one page exercise for each. Based on the models in Fill All Things: The Spiritual Dynamics of the Parish Church, Ascension Press, late 2006.

The Renewal - Apostolate Cycle - The Christian Life Model - The Benedictine Promise - The Shape of the Parish

Cost: $15 for the four one page models and a related exercise for each. Comes with permission to use the materials as a parish leader, diocesan staff person, or as a consultant. You may make as many copies as needed for your work over the next five years. Materials are not to be sold though you may charge for copying costs.

 

Parish Growth & Size Packet

These papers can be used in helping parish leaders explore issues of parish size and membership growth.

- Parish Size: Categories, Dynamics, and Issues - Eight pages on the topic; Six Strategies for Growth - A seven page document on the topic; Congregational Options - A one page handout identifying the standard choices available to a parish in a static or declining situation. A useful toll in helping parish leaders explore difficult choices; Three Growth Strategies

Cost: Now available at no change on the Free Documents page.

 

Leadership & Oversight Packet

There are four items in this packet: Parish Oversight Assessment - Based on the model in "Oversight of Parish Life and Development"; Leadership Assessment: Likes, Concerns, Wishes - Allows a broad exploration of leadership issues; Oversight of Parish Life and Development - Oversight as spirituality, community and leadership.

Cost: $30 Comes with permission to use the materials as a parish leader, diocesan staff person, or as a consultant. You may make as many copies as needed for your work over the next five years. Materials are not to be sold though you may charge for copying costs.

 

Parish Discernment - Formation Process of Aspirants for Priesthood

 Items in the packet include: "On the Selection, formation and placement of parish priests"; Eight other documents that can be used as part of the process, they include self assessment and feedback worksheets, overviews of the process, and an action learning process.

Cost: $40 Comes with permission to use the materials as a parish leader, diocesan staff person, or as a consultant. You may make as many copies as needed for your work over the next five years. Materials are not to be sold though you may charge for copying costs

 

Teams and Groups

Items in the packet include: Papers on group development theory, Shared Leadership, groupthink; Several team assessment forms

Cost: $35 Comes with permission to use the materials as a parish leader, diocesan staff person, or as a consultant. You may make as many copies as needed for your work over the next five years. Materials are not to be sold though you may charge for copying costs.

 

Vestries: Choices & Alignment now available free from Shaping the Parish

An 18 page paper exploring issues of alignment, roles and the degree of centralization needed. By Bob Gallagher & Michelle Heyne  

 

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Diocesan Development

The Elements of a Diocesan Parish Development System

Explore ways in which a  diocese can shape itself to serve its parishes. Forty-one pages.

Includes sections on: Monitor parishes and intervene, Sense of direction, Diocesan strategy for acting on the task of church development, Resources, The heart of the matter (the demand system, developing trust, Attachments in a variety of areas

Cost: Now available without charge on the Free Documents page

Anglican Spirituality Series

 

Anglican Spirituality Course

A program to increase the competency of parishioners in spiritual practices. Includes an educational design for a three session course. It's a mix of presentation. discussion, and experiential activities. There are also a variety of handouts and resources for use in the course.

Cost: $40 Comes with permission to use the materials as a parish leader, diocesan staff person, or as a consultant. You may make as many copies as needed for your work over the next five years. Materials are not to be sold though you may charge for copying costs.

 

Developing a Rule of Life: Your Spiritual Discipline

A nine page resources to assist people in establishing and changing their spiritual discipline.

Cost: $15 Comes with permission to use the materials as a parish leader, diocesan staff person, or as a consultant. You may make as many copies as needed for your work over the next five years. Materials are not to be sold though you may charge for copying costs.

Episcopal Spirituality now available free from Shaping the Parish

A four page booklet on the elements of Episcopal Spirituality. Also, a form that can be used to assess the parish and explore the issue.

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Liturgical Resources

Liturgical Presence 

A booklet for use with everyone who assists up front at the altar. It offers ideas about both behaviors and  a stance that assist in maintaining a liturgical presence. Includes items on  physical bearing, movement, humility, and non-anxious presence.

Cost: $15.00  Comes with permission to use the materials as a parish leader, diocesan staff person, or as a consultant. You may make as many copies as needed for your work over the next five years. Materials are not to be sold though you may charge for copying costs.

 

Practices During the Holy Eucharist 

A booklet on the practices of the baptized person during the Holy Eucharist. Instructive and reflective. Includes sections on common devotional practices including, receiving communion, standing & kneeling. Explores the meaning of actions as well as noting when they may be appropriate

Cost: $40 Comes with permission to use the materials as a parish leader, diocesan staff person, or as a consultant. You may make as many copies as needed for your work over the next five years. Materials are not to be sold though you may charge for copying costs.

The Holy Eucharist: With suggestions for the use of the body during the Liturgy  

A companion to Practices During the Holy Eucharist. A booklet with guidance about various optional acts of reverence during the Liturgy. The text of Rite Two is reproduced and notation is made about when various movements may be appropriate. The tone is permissive rather than imposing - this is what many do, you need to explore and experiment yourself to find practices that strengthen and stretch you.

Cost: $35 Comes with permission to use the materials as a parish leader, diocesan staff person, or as a consultant. You may make as many copies as needed for your work over the next five years. Materials are not to be sold though you may charge for copying costs.

Eucharistic Practices: Notes for Facilitators

 An educational design to introduce people to spiritual practices commonly used by members of the congregation. It may be purchased as a stand alone resource for $20. Comes with permission to use it as needed for the following five years in your parish work. May not be sold to others. Note: This is also available as part of the Anglican Spirituality Course.

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Liturgical resources for Anglo-Catholic parishes are below

The Anglo-Catholic Parish Series

Anglo-Catholic Practices During Mass

An 18 page booklet on the practices of the baptized person during the Holy Eucharist. Instructive and reflective.

Includes sections on genuflecting, bowing, sign of the cross, stillness and silence, receiving communion, standing & kneeling. Explores the meaning of actions as well as noting when they may be appropriate.

Cost: $40 Comes with permission to use the materials as a parish leader, diocesan staff person, or as a consultant. You may make as many copies as needed for your work over the next five years. Materials are not to be sold though you may charge for copying costs.

 The Holy Eucharist: With suggestions for the use of the body during the Liturgy

A companion to Anglo-Catholic Practices During Mass. An 13 page booklet with guidance about when in the Liturgy to genuflect, bow, make the sign of the cross, and be still and silence. The text of Rite Two is reproduced and notation is made about when various movements may be appropriate. The tone is permissive rather than imposing - this is what many do, you need to explore and experiment yourself to find practices that strengthen and stretch you.

Cost: $35 Comes with permission to use the materials as a parish leader, diocesan staff person, or as a consultant. You may make as many copies as needed for your work over the next five years. Materials are not to be sold though you may charge for copying costs.

Both for $60.00  -- Anglo-Catholic Practices During Mass and The Holy Eucharist: With suggestions for the use of the body during the Liturgy. Comes with an additional document - a  design for a new comers orientation session about practices.

The Anglo-Catholic Inner City Experience

A 25 page booklet on that drops in on the story at two points -- the late 19th century and the middle of the 20th century. I draw on my own experience in Philadelphia as well as the parishes in England and New York City. Themes of the time are noted, such as: the fight for catholic practice and beauty, religious orders, "gay parishes", influencing the social order, team ministry, and the formation of young people. Useful in helping people make a connection with an exciting aspect of the heritage.

Cost: $40.00 Comes with permission to use the materials as a parish leader, diocesan staff person, or as a consultant. You may make as many copies as needed for your work over the next five years. Materials are not to be sold though you may charge for copying costs.

A Celebration of Mary

A packet that includes:

- An Office of the BVM (Booklet of 31 pages; The Office, Litanies, Scripture readings, other readings on Mary spirituality); Devotions: Saint Mary the Virgin (Booklet of 15 pages; traditional devotions including the Angelus, Litany of Our Lady of Walsingham, passages for reflection on Saint Mary); One page designs that can be used in educational programs

Cost: $25.00  Comes with permission to use the materials as a parish leader, diocesan staff person, or as a consultant. You may make as many copies as needed for your work over the next five years. Materials are not to be sold though you may charge for copying costs.

Liturgical Presence in Anglo Catholic Parishes

A nine page booklet for use with everyone who assists at the altar. It offers ideas about both behaviors and  a stance that assist in maintaining a liturgical presence. Includes items on preparing, hands, eyes, movement, humility, non-anxious presence and living the paradox.

Cost: $15.00  Comes with permission to use the materials as a parish leader, diocesan staff person, or as a consultant. You may make as many copies as needed for your work over the next five years. Materials are not to be sold though you may charge for copying costs.

All five items in the series - $120.00

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Conditions

Copies are sent by e-mail attachment unless otherwise noted. Material may also be sent by CD at an additional cost. Most items are PDF, some are in Word. If you lose track of the material on your computer you will need to repurchase.

 

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