Mutual Ministry Review
A resource for building healthy and effective ministries encouragement for collaborative leadership support for productive relationships between priest and people
Perhaps the best reason for using this resource is that you are ready to embrace the mission of the church in your location and to more fully articulate and coordinate the ministries that will help fulfil this mission.
A Mutual Ministry Review (MMR) can facilitate all of this and more. It will help you
clarify and set appropriate expectations of parish ministry and leadership;
encourage people to listen to each other in ways that are constructive, creative and productive;
identify weaknesses and correct problems early;
identify, celebrate and build on successes and strengths;
set concrete, realistic goals for both parish and cleric, and once goals are set, make them the basis for future reviews.
MMRs can also help us become more attentive to our commitment to the Gospel and God’s call to new ministry initiatives within our unique mission contexts.
Along with seeing new possibilities, a MMR can help us identify activities that should end, making room for these new initiatives to begin.
The Review Process
Effective ministry is mutual. It is done in partnership, by the community working to-gether according to their specific gifts. For this reason ministry review cannot simply be a performance review of your priest carried out by the parish (or even vice versa!), but a mutual process of self-reflection, supportive feedback and goal setting.
The process unfolds in several discrete but interconnected steps. It is adaptable for any sized parish and takes from 2 weeks to 2 months to do.
PARISH MINISTRY REVIEW
CLERGY MINISTRY REVIEW
DRAWING IT TOGETHER—SETTING GOALS
For more information or to request a Mutual Ministry Review in your parish, contact:
The Congregational Development Office
It is not you that shapes God it is God that shapes you.
If you are the work of God await the hand of the artist
who does all things in due season.
Offer Him your heart soft and tractable,
and keep the form in which the artist has fashioned you.
Let your clay be moist, lest you grow hard
and lose the imprint of his fingers. [St Irenaeus]