As I write, I am still filled with anxiety. But as a wise person (Casey Stanton) once pointed out to me, doing the work is not what’s overwhelming; thinking about the work is what’s overwhelming. So, I will begin to do…
I will become the Parish Life Coordinator by September of 2021. This year, my goal is to create and roll-out a shared leadership model for College Church. I need to clearly define my space in that model.
I will work with the pastor and the pastoral council to prepare a public announcement to the parish that there will be a new leadership model. This will happen in early August. It will include the parish’s new strategic priorities.
I will work with the pastor and the anti-racism team on a structural audit of the parish that will help us determine how to construct a new leadership model. This will happen this summer and throughout the rest of year.
Watching out for pitfalls…
I will be tempted to act as if this role is a parish administrator on steroids because that’s the role I know how to do.
Others will have a difficult time letting me out of the role of parish administrator. Their habit is to call me if they need anything.
Some will not accept or understand the new leadership structure and will only want to follow the leadership of a priest. The clearer the model and path become, the more confident people will be.
I’m not trained as a spiritual leader. I need to figure out a formation path that is realistic given my work and my family. Many of the people working with me on this transition can offer guidance and advice. Within the next two months I need to have a formation plan.
My team: Jen Petruso, Lisa D’Souza, Aimee Wittman, Winnie Sullivan, Sara McGinnis Lee, Carl Greiner, Maurice Muia, Quang Tran, Cheryl Archibald, Dan White
A key to success will be prioritizing pastoral council meetings, anti-racism work and roll-out dates.
My daily goal will be to have 1 interaction about big picture planning each day.
I will set Friday afternoons aside to reflect, evaluate and plan for the following week.