Missional Community
Big Goal Outcome Measurement - Mass Attendance
By Jim Jansen – Director of Pastoral Services When Archbishop Lucas announced The Big Goal – each parish in the Archdiocese of Omaha will be a missional community by 2026 – he also outlined specific outcomes that… Read More
Pastoral Planning
Keeping Parishes Open without Killing our Priests
By Fr. Jeff Lorig, Director of Pastoral Services In January of 2019, the Archdiocese of Omaha proposed a new way forward in pastoral planning. The proposal has now become more… Read More
Pastoral Planning
Wish I Knew That Before
By Fr. Jeff Lorig, Director of Pastoral Services If I knew what I know now, I might not have done it completely different, but I think I would have felt… Read More
Pastoral Planning
Managing Transition
By Fr. Jeff Lorig, Director of Pastoral Services We’re about a month into our new priest assignments. For many of those who went through pastoral planning in our rural parishes… Read More
Unite Listening Prep
By Fr. Jeff Lorig, Pastoral Services I’ve only heard positive reviews about ArchOmaha Unite from parishioners and priests. Needless to say, the Holy Spirit was at work in more ways… Read More
Pastoral Planning
The Rural Proposal
As many of you already know, the Archdiocese of Omaha is going through a rural pastoral planning process. The primary impetus for this planning is the dramatic projected decrease of… Read More
Pastoral Planning
Facing Reality, Facing Grief
This is just going to be messy. How can pastors be helpful with the pastoral planning process? Nothing beats transparent communication. Many of our parishioners heard in the most recent… Read More
Pastoral Planning
3 Things You Should Know Right Now About Rural Pastoral Planning
1. Timing Not all of these changes are happening today or even in the next 5 months. We know that in 5 years, we’ll have 24 fewer priests. That’s our… Read More
Why Delegation is the Key to Successful Pastoral Leadership
A New Reality Crucial to pastoral planning is changing the paradigm of pastoral leadership we may have learned or inherited. With fewer priests and therefore fewer pastors available, we know… Read More
Pastoral Planning
Guides, Not Gospel: The 3 Phases of Pastoral Planning
It’s better to think of the 3 phases of pastoral planning as a good guide, rather than the Gospel truth. It’s a good overview and points out several helpful landmarks,… Read More