Parish Staff Retreats

Very often one of the ways the enemy attacks the parish staffs today is to make them so busy “doing ministry” that they do not have time to pray. Reminding a parish staff of the call to pray always and attending to this critical discipline can help ministers revitalize their strength, avoid burnout, and continue to lead them into deeper Holy Spirit-led ministry.

Within our ministries, we know how effective a weekend retreat is compared to a one-day retreat. If we could take our parishioners away from their TV’s, phones, and computers for two solid days, we could make great in-roads for the Gospel. We know that it takes about twenty-four hours for a person to “let go” of the world and begin to focus on Christ. That is why a weekend retreat is always more powerful than a one day event.

The same is true for parish staff. Time away, seeking the vision and guidance of the Holy Spirit, enables individuals to reorient their efforts back upon the hands of the Lord. Taking the down time of Summer to grow closer to your staff (and possibly do some strategic calendar planning) can provide the time to help staff regain the fire needed for the fall.

NEM is capable of crafting a retreat based around the needs defined by the Pastor, implementing whatever other liturgical elements he envisions. We discuss where his sees the needs: where the staff is currently spiritually and functionally and where he would like to see them grow towards; and then propose an outline of suggested talks and activities suited for their needs. This is always done in prayer and cooperation with the movement of the Spirit.

What Else Does NEM Have to Offer Your Parish?

Eradicating Parish Lethargy
It seems that every year parish missions come and go with little to no real intention, other than leadership saying, “this is what we do every year.” How would you like to have a mission that accomplishes more than to have parishioners saying that it was good or bad? How would you like to have a mission that is combined with a process that will evangelize, train, and provide resolute vision?

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Parish Leadership Training on Vision
One of the major obstacles for parish implementation of the New Evangelization is the absence of a unified vision. Most members of a parish staff have never had any serious training on evangelization or discipleship. They are a group of individuals who come from different backgrounds, different home parishes, and different ministry experiences. Each has his or her own view or understanding of what evangelization and discipleship are, but often they work only within their own ministry and agenda…

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Pastoral Plan Development
One of the vital elements needed to provide for the spiritual needs of the parish is an infrastructure within which to do so. These systems are most often found within programs that parishes purchase from publishers or ministries. For example, a youth ministry program might use Life Teen, which provides the “how-to” (structure or infrastructure) to distribute the catechetical material to teens. Parishes like these programs because they are user-friendly. While this makes perfect sense in one way, it often causes problems as well…

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Volunteer Training
Because parishes come in distinctive sizes and with different needs, NEM also provides various forms of volunteer training. With almost 30 years of parish ministry experience, we can train volunteers in the relational ministry methods used for discipleship development. We are equipped to help form your volunteers in youth ministry, catechist training, and adult small group facilitation…

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Specialized Seminars
We understand that parishes utilize a wide variety of activities and events to cater for the needs of their parishioners. With this in mind, we create presentations geared to the specific needs of an event. We are very committed to achieving goals with our presentations; it isn’t enough to show up and give a talk. We will ask you to define “what do you want to accomplish with this event?”

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Parent Training
Parents today are a part of the “Lost Generations” that were formed post-Vatican II. The results of their formation lead them to make decisions for their children’s religious formation that are not meeting their real desire—to bring them up in the faith. Providing training for parents is an excellent way to help them to become the sound primary catechist the Church desires them to be. However, they cannot give what they do not have…

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