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Resources for parishes that want to work

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Resources for running a parish using business' best practices


Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry

Mendoza College of Business, Notre Dame, Master of Nonprofit Administration

Seton Hall University’s summer programs

Villanova University's Center for Church Management



Conference for Pastoral Planning and Council Development

Council on Accreditation

National Association for Lay Ministry

National Association of Church Personnel Administrators

National Catholic Young Adult Ministry Association

National Federation of Priests Councils


National Leadership Roundtable for Church Management

NLRCM homepage

Publications, some free to download

NLRCM links

Standards for Excellence




Servant Leadership Models for Your Parish, by Dan Ebener

What Makes Us Catholic, by Thomas H. Groome

Keeping the Covenant: Taking the Parish to the Next Level, by Tom Sweetser, S.J.

The Mission Driven Parish by Patrick Brennan

Non-profit Governance, by John Tropman and Thomas Harvey

Best Practices in Parish Stewardship by Charles E. Zech

Best Practices in Catholic Pastoral and Finance Councils by Charles E. Zech

The Parish Management Handbook: A Practical Guide for Pastors, Administrators, and Other Parish Leaders by Charles E. Zech


Other Resources

Emerging Models of Pastoral Leadership Project

Co-workers in the Vineyard of the Lord

Parish Evaluation Project


This article appeared in the July 2011 issue of U.S. Catholic (Vol. 76, No. 7, pages 12-17).

Image: Erin Drewitz