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March 2012

Collaboration, relationship building themes of 2012 Annual Meeting
2012 Annual Meeting Logo Participants at the 2012 Leadership Roundtable Annual Meeting will be asked to answer this question: How can Catholic institutions--dioceses, parishes, and nonprofits--collaborate and position themselves more effectively to do more with less? The meeting, Managing for Mission: Building Strategic Collaborations to Strengthen the Church, will be held June 27-28 at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

Leadership Roundtable seminars a hit at Mid-Atlantic Congress

The Leadership Roundtable sponsored the Mid-Atlantic Congress which convened earlier this month in Baltimore. Leadership Roundtable members and staff led workshops and seminars for

Jim at 2012 MAC
The Leadership Roundtable's Jim Lundholm-Eades discusses human resource development at the 2012 Mid-Atlantic Congress.

pastoral leaders that covered parish management, human resources concerns, and effective stewardship and development. From an article about the event:


Relationships drive creative and effective management, and the Church's mission flourishes when managers operate clearly, transparently, and effectively. This was the theme of a Leadership Roundtable talk given to a full house at the Mid-Atlantic Congress in Baltimore on Thursday.    


Jim Lundholm-Eades, director of services and planning for the Leadership Roundtable, engaged nearly 80 participants on what they, as parish leaders, can do to enliven and revitalize their parishes even with dwindling resources.


"Parish managers play many different roles, and it's important to manage with clear expectations so that parishes operate with efficiency and ease," Lundhom-Eades told those assembled on the opening day of the Congress. "Maintaining the status quo is making a decision to accept organizational stagnation and ultimately death. Effective management can change the course and lead to a more vibrant, life-giving experience of Church."    


Read the full article and download resources from the Mid-Atlantic Congress here. The Leadership Roundtable live-tweeted much of the event. Are you following the Leadership Roundtable on twitter? Click here to stay up to date.  


Share your best practices in the Standards for Excellence online forum  

The Catholic Standards for Excellence Online Forum is abuzz with activity, with blog posts, forum conversations, and connections among subject experts, lay leaders, and those who share an interest in strengthening the Catholic Church in the US. 


Forum conversations include: Using Social Media to Engage the Faithful; Governance and Advisory Bodies; and Stewardship and Development. Check out the blogs as well, including a post from the Leadership Roundtable's Michael Brough discussing pastoral leadership in a Catholic megachurch.  Sign up, contribute to the forum conversations, start your own blog, and be part of a growing community.     




ESTEEM featured by Assoc. of Catholic Colleges and Universities  

The 2011 ESTEEM class met in New Haven last April.

ESTEEM, Engaging Students to Enliven the Eccesial Mission, was recently featured in the spring newsletter of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities. From the article:


Catholic culture at many of the nation's top universities is vibrant and attractive to students. Campus ministry centers engage students through liturgy, study, and especially service, but this positive experience often does not translate into strong parish connections following graduation. ESTEEM aims to enrich the church by connecting these recent graduates to vibrant parishes and Catholic nonprofits. As anecdotal evidence mounts suggesting that young adults are not returning to active participation in the Catholic Church, even eschewing parish life during nascent marital days, a traditional time for young people to seek spiritual homes. Closing this gap is the primary aim of ESTEEM, exhorting young adults to live out their baptismal call to serve the church now and in the future.    


Read the full article here. The 100 students who comprise the 2012 ESTEEM class will gather for the capstone conference next month at St. Thomas More Catholic Chapel and Center at Yale for a weekend of reflection, leadership development, and prayer. Campus ministry centers from schools across the nation will be represented, including Yale and Sacred Heart University in CT; The Ohio State University, Michigan State University; Purdue University; Villanova University; Stanford University; California State University at East Bay; and UCLA.    


Save the Date   

  • The Toolbox for Pastoral Management, an executive management program for new Catholic pastors,  meets next in Long Branch, NJ, July 15-20. Click here to learn more and to request a registration form.
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