Council Member Discernment

Qualities of a Pastoral Council member

All Pastoral Council candidates  must be:
    A baptized, practicing Catholic
    A registered member of the parish
    A participant in the ongoing life of the parish, especially the Sunday Eucharist
    At least 21 years old

Prospective candidates should:
    Desire spiritual growth for oneself and parish
    Be enthusiastic about the future directions of the parish
    Have a willingness to listen, speak honestly and to work toward consensus
    Display the ability to inspire and empower others and to delegate
    Demonstrate flexibility and openness with people and ideas

What is asked of Pastoral Council members

     Meetings are held monthly and lasts approximately 1 hours.  Frequently there are council members who take on other tasks as part of the work of the council. The council writes a column for the bulletin once a month and each member will take that responsibility when assigned.  We also write articles for More News.

     Council members have various roles and responsibilities as part of the function of the council.  We have a facilitator, a convener, a recorder, and a prayer co-coordinator. Council members may form sub-committees to work on specific problems based on decisions and the direction and needs of the parish. The council holds two leadership dinners a year and use parishioner listening session as a discernment tool as needed.

     Council members typically commit to a three year term but some past members have only served one year due to personal or health issues and others have served more than five years.

The discernment process

     Prior to the formal discernment process, prospective members must attend the information sessions. If a session is missed, they are available on DVD. They must also submit their personal information as requested at the sessions by the given deadline. Once those requirements are satisfied, prospective members can attend the discernment sessions.
     The formal discernment process is led by a professional facilitator. It is a collaborative process involving prayer, discussion, learning about one another and discovering those who have the gifts most needed by the council and the parish. The decision is discerned by the group as a whole.