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National Catholic ministerial organizations have worked throughout the first decade of the 21st century to collaborate in supporting excellence in pastoral ministry through the study of the emerging models of pastoral leadership in the Catholic Church, and applying these models to parish life. The life of the church depends upon sustained collaboration at all levels. The vision of the Emerging Models of Pastoral Leadership Project is for a more fully collaborative, competent, and mission-focused pastoral leadership, strengthened in their service to parish communities at all levels. The organizations which have formed the Project have researched and reported on a wide variety of contemporary ministry strengths and challenges. They provide these findings in dialogue with pastoral leadership.

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Final Report – Executive Summary

This is the final report of the Emerging Models of Pastoral Leadership project — Phase 2. The report consists of an executive summary in which are embedded links to all the major research and project reports. The research data, the reports of each initiative of the Emerging Models project, and the “consensus reports” on the

Symposium Consolidation Report on the Emerging Models Project

This report presents the final points of agreement by participants at the concluding symposium of the Emerging Models project held in Washington, DC, January 22-23, 2013, that came from their consideration of the symposium’s five “consensus reports” taken together. View the Report

Symposium Consensus Report on Parish Business Managers and Finance Councils

This report lists key consensus points on the topic of Parish Business Managers and Finance Councils that were identified by participants at the concluding symposium of the Emerging Models of Pastoral Leadership project, January 22-23, 2013, in Washington DC. The symposium was based on presentations by leaders of five of the six initiatives that comprised

Symposium Consensus Report on Multiple Parish Ministry

This report lists key consensus points on the topic of Multiple Parish Ministry that were identified by participants at the concluding symposium of the Emerging Models of Pastoral Leadership project, January 22-23, 2013, in Washington DC. The symposium was based on presentations by leaders of five of the six initiatives that comprised the Emerging Models

Symposium Consensus Report on Multicultural Parish Leadership

This report lists key consensus points on the topic of Multicultural Leadership that were identified by participants at the concluding symposium of the Emerging Models of Pastoral Leadership project, January 22-23, 2013, in Washington DC. The symposium was based on presentations by leaders of five of the six initiatives that comprised the Emerging Models project.

Symposium Consensus Report on the Next Generation of Pastoral Leaders

This report lists key consensus points on the topic of the Next Generation of Pastoral Leaders that were identified by participants at the concluding symposium of the Emerging Models of Pastoral Leadership project, January 22-23, 2013, in Washington DC. The symposium was based on presentations by leaders of five of the six initiatives that comprised

Symposium Consensus Report on Parish Life Coordinators

This report lists key consensus points on the topic of Parish Life Coordinators that were identified by participants at the concluding symposium of the Emerging Models of Pastoral Leadership project, January 22-23, 2013, in Washington DC. The symposium was based on presentations by leaders of five of the six initiatives that comprised the Emerging Models

Views from the Pews: Parishioner Evaluations of Parish Life in the United States

By Mark M. Gray, PhD, Mary L. Gautier, PhD, and Melissa A. Cidade, MA. In 2009, the Emerging Models of Pastoral Leadership project, a Lilly Endowment Inc. funded collaboration of five Catholic national ministerial organizations, commissioned the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University to conduct a series of surveys in

Perspectives From Parish Leaders: U.S. Parish Life and Ministry

By Mark M Gray In 2009, the Emerging Models of Pastoral Leadership project, a Lilly Endowment Inc. funded collaboration of five Catholic national ministerial organizations, commissioned the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University to conduct a series of surveys in parishes nationwide. The first of these was a single informant

The Changing Face of U.S. Catholic Parishes

By Mary L. Gautier, Mark M. Gray, and Melissa A. Cidade In 2009, the Emerging Models of Pastoral Leadership project, a Lilly Endowment Inc. funded collaboration of five Catholic national ministerial organizations, commissioned the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University to conduct a series of three surveys in parishes nationwide.