“Like many high-profile leaders, Moses began to do too much. … It took the two brothers, Moses and Aaron, just to get the primary needs of the vision (Moses’ responsibility) and the community (Aaron’s responsibility) met. The first lesson in leadership was about sharing.” Susan Beaumont, from When Moses Meets Aaron
With all that others may do to assist, sometimes the best guidance and support comes from peers. One group that created its own peer-to-peer network is the Parish Administrators. They gather for lunch and short learning sessions, help orient each other to the role and frequently use their listserv. Here’s what they say about the value of this network.
The connection, the camaraderie, and everything has been awesome! … As a result, I can be confident of starting from a place of knowledge thanks to you all. Grace
As a new Parish Administrator, with years of non-profit management experience, church operations are so different and critical to people enjoying and being members of the church. While each church is unique … there are many similarities and more important, needs. Anita
Great resources, great advice, and colleagues who are walking in your shoes and completely understand the value of “sharing” information!! Tracy
It is very much a support group for difficult but rewarding jobs. Raiford
As a new P.A., and not of the church admin background, just reading the P.A. emails requesting information and guidance is useful to me. It’s a great learning tool. Thank you. Maya
A number of ministry peer groups benefit from these networking tools, including wardens, treasurers, youth ministry leaders and the Southern Maryland and Central Montgomery County clergy. You may be the only ministry leader in your parish, but there are others sharing the journey. Regional gatherings provide one opportunity for connection.
Have ideas or interest in other means of connecting? Please share these with a Diocesan staff or Council member.
Written by Kathleen Hall, Director of Human Resources and Administration.