4.1 Principles for Establishing a Parish Pastoral Council
The process a parish uses to establish a Pastoral Council should:
- provide opportunities for all interested parish members to be involved in the process. This will require a variety of activities over an extended period, and should lay the foundation for openness and ownership,
- be broadly-based (representing the age, gender, and cultural groups within the parish),
- explain to parish members the new Council's role, especially that it is a planning body rather than a work team
- before nominations are invited clarify what is expected of Council members and what gifts will helpful.
- be simple and reasonably quick, so that the Council does not become bogged down in its own processes, rather than in planning for what the parish needs.
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