Resource Draft to be shared at National Pastoral Leadership Conference

Resource Draft to be shared at National Pastoral Leadership ConferenceA summary of the present draft of the resource is to be presented at the National Pastoral Leadership Conference this September in Melbourne. It was decided to delay circulation to dioceses, networks and other national bodies until after the conference with the intention of supplementing the list of contacts receiving the full draft through the addition of conference participants. This newsletter will also carry a link to the draft.

As mentioned in the last newsletter, accompanying the draft document will be a shorter summary version. The council believes this may be of use in parish pastoral council settings, and with small groups who may not have time to digest the full document. Also, the summary version will offer a rich design to give a taste of what the full document will look like in its final form.

A reminder that we continue to seek local content to flesh out the national resource. We appreciate any photos, stories, quotes or other relevant information. If you are considering offering your own insights, the following questions may assist:

  1. What motivated you to work in lay pastoral ministry?
  2. How do you understand your role in relationship with your baptismal calling, and your response to God’s action in your life?
  3. What training and formation have you received for the role?
  4. What support and fellowship have you experienced?
  5. What is one of the most challenging aspects of your role?
  6. Share one of your greatest joys in your role.
  7. Share one of your best experiences of collaboration between lay and ordained in ministry.
  8. What is a particular learning or insight you wish to share with others in this ministry?
  9. What other comments do you wish to share about lay pastoral ministry at this time?

Please encourage a colleague, such as a member of clergy, or another co-worker or associate you encounter through your work to respond to the following questions:

  1. What difference has the lay pastoral minister (or lay pastoral ministry in general) made to:
    1. your role
    2. your journey of faith?
  2. What is a particular learning or insight you wish to share with others in this ministry?
  3. What other comments do you wish to share about lay pastoral ministry at this time?

We encourage you to keep your responses brief and to the point, remembering that they may find their way either into the resource, or online.