Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Improving the Ministry of Pastoral Care during a Transitional Change in Leadership at a Catholic Church
by Blanchard, Kelly, M.A., Saint Mary's College of California, 2017, 47; 10742975
Abstract (Summary)

The pastoral care ministry in one Catholic parish recently experienced transitional leadership changes. The assignment of a different parish priest and new coordinators of the Pastoral Care Ministry presented the opportunity to explore new and diverse ideas for improvement in process, faith formation, and sustainable change. Implementing an action research inquiry (AIM) was a perfect opportunity to create synergy and cohesion for all involved and to explore what additional resources and support are needed with the ministry. Our results identified many improvements to continue to work on, but more importantly, through cycles of action and reflection we built relationships and developed a community of practice (COP) with the coordinators and the pastoral care ministers. Trust was established, allowing for vulnerability, new ideas, and confidence in our efforts to seek improvement, training, and faith formation within the group.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Crawley, La Vera
School: Saint Mary's College of California
Department: Leadership Studies Programs
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 57/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Pastoral Counseling, Organization Theory, Organizational behavior
Keywords: Action research inquiry, Catholic ministry, Community of practice, Pastoral care
Publication Number: 10742975
ISBN: 978-0-355-97667-0
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