February 14, 2007
Presenters: Jeff Korgen, Secretariat for The ROUNDTABLE of Diocesan Social Action Directors Jan Jamroz, Director of Catholic Charities, Parish Social Ministry in Rockville Center
In a room full of parish and diocesan leaders, they were asked “What works in “recruiting, engaging and education new leaders” and here are the best practices:
- Bring social justice programs into sacramental life of the church
- Organize small groups that meet regularly on a theme such as “Woman in faith”
- Keep focused on what the church community is focused on, not what you want the parish to do.
- Engage young families through summer camps, Baptismal preparation, or organize a child care ministry for married folks.
- Incorporate pictures and stories in the bulletin
- Bring celebration into the ministry so it is not all work, but a celebration of each other and the great work for God being done.
- Create follow-up discussions on the parish website.
- Organize Pastoral Institutes and engage social ministry there.
- Teach “Two Feet of Charity and Justice” as a both/and approach.
- Teach and provide a discussion group for Deus Caritas Est and “Social Charity”
- Incorporate citizenship responsibility into all aspects of social ministry, such as Bread for the World, Oxfam, CRS, SDWP, CCUSA.
- Educate people on the social encyclicals
- Encourage the social ministry committee to choose the issues, not a staff Member.
- Organize an Institute around legislative advocacy and CST
- Create assessment to discover the diversity of ethnic groups and do not mistake thinking they should be recipients of help, but in fact, that they are a rich source of leaders and organizers.
- The key to social ministry is relationship building.
- Provide small grants for social ministry programs.
- If a social ministry program has low or little energy, you can close the program.
- Make sure people meet Jesus in every event or program.
- Constant attention needed in training and formation of new and old volunteers.
- One catalyst for Social Ministry is an intergenerational event.
- Do not forget to train the liturgical ministry leaders in social ministry.
- Get JustFaith into your parish or diocese.
- Organize a “Time, Talent, Treasure Fair”.
- Seize opportunities to respond to parishioner interest, rather than your own interest.
- Highlight the “Joy” of service…community, learning new things etc.
- Train and encourage volunteers to be the recruiters for new volunteers.
- Use “word of mouth” to invite in addition to strategic invitations.