(11) How can the Pastoral Council Assess the Effectiveness of Its Pastoral Plan for the Six Pastoral Priorities?

How can the Pastoral Council Assess the Effectiveness of Its Pastoral Plan
for the Six Pastoral Priorities?

The purpose of this toolkit is to assist the Parish Pastoral Council in its own assessment of its pastoral planning.

Approach to Implementation
The council members are asked to complete the attached checklists and use their assessments to dialogue about their successes and challenges.  This can provide input for to their future plans.

Roles and Responsibilities
Pastor, Pastoral Council, and parish staff, participate in this activity.

Training
The Pastoral Council will use the “Plan-Do-Check” method for their assessment. This demonstrates that a cyclical approach to the pastoral goal becomes ongoing. Once an objective is agreed upon, the “do” is initiated with all the surrounding activities, involvement of the “doers” etc., which are designed to make it happen. The “Check” phase looks at the progress and determines if objective has been met, or needs are carefully evaluated for effective completion. A revision of the plan may be called for, or a choice to move to the next related objective.

Expected Resources
The chairperson of the Pastoral Council facilitates the completion of the six checklists and the conversation around present effectiveness and future planning.

Assessing Pastoral Priorities in the Parish

Assessing Lay Ministry

Assessing Lifelong Faith Formation

Assessing Compassionate Outreach

Assessing Youth and Young Adults

Assessing Priestly Formation

Assessing Liturgy