The Joy of the Gospel

Leadership and Mission in the Catholic Church
Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn
Review and Feedback: Friday 26 October 2018

“If you knew the Gift of God” (John 4:10)

What have we been given and are we able to receive? How best can we celebrate the gift of God in our parishes? In:

  • Sunday Eucharist
  • Word and Sacraments
  • Our Schools
  • Confraternity of Christian Doctrine
  • Youth Ministry
  • Marriage and Family
Our Experience of Parish – Our Desires for our Parish

The Christian community is experienced in the parish. This occurs at the Liturgical Gathering, in the Parish or Regional School, through various encounters with Catholic agencies.

What do we desire our parishes to be? Places of encounter with the living Christ in the Sunday Eucharist? Communities of belongingloveforgiveness and openness? Communities with a clear mission of spreading the Gospel? Communities where authority is service and where the gifts of the Spirit are discerned and honoured?

Leadership and Mission

What is the first question a leader should ask? What makes leaders great? What are the latest insights from the world’s best graduate schools of leadership and management? How can our parishes benefit?

Pope Francis speaks of “Missionary Disciples” and “Accompaniment.” St. Pope John Paul II spoke of the “New Evangelisation” and new ardour and new methods in our outreach to others. What are we really talking about when we speak of Mission? How do parishes make it happen?

Jesus Christ, His Call and the Christian Community

Jesus Christ is the source and summit of the Christian community. Who is Jesus? What is his mission? Why does his leadership inspire?

Jesus calls the twelve (Luke 9). Jesus calls the seventy-two (Luke 10). His call to discipleship is inclusive and is celebrated in the Church with the sacrament of baptism – the gateway to “life in the Spirit.” How do we deepen our consciousness of this great gift?

A Change of Era, Not an Era of Change
  1. What is the “Change of Era”?
  2. Recent historical example of change?
  3. “Substance of things is one thing, the expression of them another.”
  4. Parishes 2050
  5. Understanding the psychology of change
  6. How do we respond to change?
  7. What influences how we respond to change?
  8. What can we do to facilitate change?