The Complexity of Systems Thinking

This is the 4th of 5 articles which set up the necessary systems framework so parishes can either grow or, if they are currently growing, manage that growth. Last week, I offered an overview of the system of systems that has been developed for schools. To review, each of the five systems are identified by…

Catholic Schools and Parishes Share the Same Systemic Structure

Last week, I stated that my complete systemic framework for schools would be discussed; however, I realized that by doing so, I would reveal what I hope to share with schools that are struggling to come to this realization, and this site is to address the corresponding systems related to parishes.  Therefore, I’ll provide an…

A Look at Some Systems

This week’s posting is the 2nd of 5 which sets up some of the systems thinking that’s necessary in order for Catholic parishes today to once again experience growth.  As many experts have asserted, growth is possible even in difficult times…and the time in which we’re living is indeed a difficult one for many…financially and…

A Systems Approach

Rather than jumping right back into the series of weekly insights in the FIRES (Fellowship, Initiation, Revenue Management, Evangelization, and Stewardship) framework of ParishAdvancement, the next five articles will serve as a five-week introduction to the framework of the 21 articles which follow.  These 5 introductory articles will cover these topics: Systems thinking, and the…

Say and Give “Thanks”

Even though Thanksgiving is still over a month away, last week’s Gospel reading was about the 10 lepers who were healed, but only one returned to express his gratitude to Jesus. We need to remember that giving  “thanks” isn’t just done in November – it’s an important part of stewardship as well as an important…

Advertise – and Not Just in Your Bulletin, Either

In one of the Second Vatican Council’s most important documents, “Gaudium et Spes: the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World,” the call is made for using all means that are available to us today to spread the Good News of the Gospel.  In March of 2011, the newspaper of the Diocese of Fall River (MA),…