In this section you will find the basic Church documents on Adult Faith Formation, as well as some practical information on areas such as pastoral planning, conducting a parish survey, and organising parish talks.
You will also find material to support your own personal development and skills. These include files and links on leadership skills, group management and on how adults learn and believe.
Conducting a survey
Undertaking a parish survey or forming a focus group are good ways of understanding the needs of adult parishioners and ‘where they are at’. In this section you will find some documents on basic parish survey techniques, survey instruments, ethical issues and parish survey samples.
Assess your own skills
In the following section you will find some useful texts for self development as a leader. This includes information on adult learning, faith development and what expectations participants might have of your leadership style. The texts also include information about conflict management and building healthy boundaries in pastoral work.
‘A Pastoral Plan is not a matter of inventing a “new programme”. ‘The programme already exists: it is the plan found in the Gospel and in the living Tradition, it is the same as ever. Ultimately, it has its centre in Christ himself, who is to be known, loved and imitated, so that in him we may live the life of the Trinity, and with him transform history until its fulfilment … This programme for all times is our programme for the Third Millennium. But it must be translated into pastoral initiatives adapted to the circumstances of each community. … the programme of the Gospel must continue to take root, as it has always done, in the life of the Church everywhere. It is in the local churches that the specific features of a detailed pastoral plan can be identified — goals and methods, formation and enrichment of the people involved, the search for the necessary resources — which will enable the proclamation of Christ to reach people, mould communities, and have a deep and incisive influence in bringing Gospel values to bear in society and culture. I therefore earnestly exhort the Pastors of the particular Churches, with the help of all sectors of God’s People, confidently to plan the stages of the journey ahead, harmonizing the choices of each diocesan community with those of neighboring Churches and of the universal Church.’
(At the Beginning of the New Millennium by Pope John Paul II - 6 January 2001, )