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  1. An Historical Outline

  2. Role Of Parish Pastoral Councils

  3. Roles Of Key Bodies In The Parish

  4. Establishing A Parish Pastoral Council

  5. Parish Pastoral Councils In Action

  6. Renewing A Parish Pastoral Council

  7. Links




4. Establishing A Parish Pastoral Council

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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