Meeting the social needs of their communities—the elderly, teen moms, poor schools, blighted neighborhoods—is essential to the life of the parish. Whether looking to build upon, or simply start, a concerted social ministry outreach, this guidebook poses all the questions (and provides direction and answers) to help your parish move forward.
Questions Posed and Answered:
- What does a fully functioning parish social ministry effort look like? What is its vision?
- What does a parish social ministry effort attempt to accomplish? How does it attempt to accomplish it?
- What is the foundation of parish social ministry?
- What are the characteristics of direct service and social action ministry?
- What are the scriptural foundations for parish social ministry?
- What are the key elements of successful parish social ministry?
- How does one assess to what extent parish social ministry is being fully developed in the parish?
- What exactly is a parish social ministry leader? How do we identify potential leaders?
- How is a team of leaders organized to be the conduit for parish social ministry efforts?
- How do you effectively recruit parishioners to lead social ministry work?
- Is it important for social ministry to be integrated into the life of the parish? How is that accomplished?
- How can diocesan offices and parishes create a partnership to do parish social ministry?
- What are the main considerations and skills for being a successful meeting facilitator?