New Book from Loyola Press Offers Hope and Help to Catholic Parishes Dealing with Unprecedented Changes in Pastoral Planning

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A paradigm shift is happening within the Catholic Church today: structures are changing, leadership roles are evolving, and pastoral practices are being adapted. So where is all this headed? In The Changing Face of Church: Emerging Models of Parish Leadership (Loyola Press, paperback, $11.95), authors Marti Jewell and David Ramey examine the experiences of more than 500 of today’s pastoral leaders to help address the massive, rapidly evolving challenge of providing for vibrant Catholic parish life in 2010 and beyond.

PRWEB) March 19, 2010 -- A paradigm shift is happening within the Catholic Church today: structures are changing, leadership roles are evolving, and pastoral practices are being adapted. So where is all this headed? In The Changing Face of Church: Emerging Models of Parish Leadership (Loyola Press, paperback, $11.95), authors Marti Jewell and David Ramey examine the experiences of more than 500 of today’s pastoral leaders to help address the massive, rapidly evolving challenge of providing for vibrant Catholic parish life in 2010 and beyond.

Pastors, pastoral councils, diocesan leaders, bishops, and lay people preparing for pastoral ministry will find in The Changing Face of Church the framework necessary for implementing new and effective ways of leading the Church forward. The insights of those interviewed for the book, along with the findings of the authors, offer a positive, hopeful view of the Church’s future and its leadership.

"The results of the research conducted for this book demonstrate that times of change can also be times of enormous creativity," notes Emerging Models of Pastoral Leadership project director Trish Sullivan Vanni. “New approaches, new talents, and new structures for ministry are supporting parish vitality in the Catholic community.” The “you-can-do-it-too” message that permeates the pages of this book is certain to bolster readers in their own pastoral planning efforts.

Marti R. Jewell, DMin, served as the director of the Emerging Models Project from 2003 to 2009 and is now on the faculty of the School of Ministry at the University of Dallas. David A. Ramey is a strategic planning and organizational development consultant as well as the author of Empowering Leaders. The Changing Face of Church is the fifth and final book of the Emerging Models of Pastoral Leadership Project, a collaboration of six national organizations funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc.

For more information or to interview the authors, please contact Colleen Fahey at 773-281-1818, ext. 252.

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