Collaborative Parish Leadership: Contexts, Models, Theology by William A. ClarkCollaborative Parish Leadership: Contexts, Models, Theology by William A. Clark

Collaborative Parish Leadership: Contexts, Models, Theology

EditorWilliam A. Clark, Daniel GastContribution byWilliam A. Clark

Hardcover | December 27, 2016

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These essays explore team-based parish leadership theologically, sociologically, and pastorally in a variety of cultures and circumstances. The result is an extended conversation, both practical and deeply reflective, emerging from the collaboration of theologians, social researchers, organizational development specialists, and pastoral ministers.Collaborative Parish Leadership draws on the experience, strengths, challenges, and insights of the long-term pastoral-academic partnerships out of which it has grown. These include "Project INSPIRE," a pastoral team-formation project sponsored by Loyola University and the Archdiocese of Chicago and funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc., as part of its Sustaining Pastoral Excellence initiative. Another partner initiative is the international pastoral minister exchange "Crossing Over," involving several Catholic dioceses in northwest Germany and based at Ruhr Universität, Bochum. Authors of these essays have also been involved in Emerging Models of Pastoral Leadership, the Congregational Studies Team's Engaged Scholars fellowship (both also Lilly Endowment funded projects), and other projects.Collaborative Parish Leadership employs practical-theological methods, rooted in pastoral experience and integrated with scholarly reflection. Opening essays deal with the current situation of U.S. parishes, the parish consultancy model of Project INSPIRE, and a case study of several parishes that benefited from the project. The following chapters present comparative case studies of collaborative leadership in various settings: multicultural parishes in different parts of the U.S., parish clusters consolidating into single parishes using very different processes, and parishes in Chicago and Mexico City meeting similar urban challenges. Three authors associated with CrossingOver and its participating dioceses assess the general state of parish reorganization in Germany, and the potential of the unique approach to team leadership taken in the French archdiocese of Poitiers. The final chapters reflect on the theology of parish leadership from pastoral and systematic perspectives, and on the future needs and possibilities of collaborative approaches. Overall, Collaborative Parish Leadership engages and challenges academic and pastoral leaders in diverse social and ecclesial situations, suggests multiple models for cultivating collaboration, builds connections between collaborative action and theological development.
Rev. William A. Clark, SJ, is associate professor of religious studies at the College of the Holy Cross. Daniel Gast retired from Loyola University Chicago after serving for nine years as Director of Project INSPIRE.
Title:Collaborative Parish Leadership: Contexts, Models, TheologyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:246 pages, 9.42 × 6.24 × 0.93 inPublished:December 27, 2016Publisher:Lexington BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:149853368X

ISBN - 13:9781498533683


Table of Contents

Foreword by Dr. Brian Schmisek, Director of the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University ChicagoForeword by Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Damberg, Professor of Medieval and Modern Church History, Faculty of Catholic Theology, Ruhr University BochumIntroduction-Collaborative Leadership for Local Church Communities Chapter 1-Talk about Parish: Toward Conversations of ConsequenceChapter 2-INSPIRE Learning about Parish ConsultingChapter 3-Build Collaboration, Build Church?Chapter 4-Toward a Culture of Dynamic Community: Parish Consolidation and Collaborative LeadershipChapter 5-No Favoritism: Effective Collaborative Leadership Practices in Multicultural ParishesChapter 6-Reimagining the Urban Parish: Leadership Strategies in Mexico City and ChicagoChapter 7-A Crisis of Trust, a Crisis of Credibility, a Crisis of Leadership: The Catholic Church in Germany in Quest of New ModelsChapter 8-The Local Communities of Poitiers: Reflections on Their ReflectionChapter 9-From Practice to Tradition and Back AgainChapter 10-Collaboration in a Pastoral KeyAfterword-Further Notes on a Theology of "Collaborative Leadership"

Editorial Reviews

This collection of essays demonstrates the fruitful conversation at the intersection of organizational development and Church ministry. Bishops, diocesan and parish pastoral ministers, and Catholics who care about parish vitality should read this book.