Collaborative Parish Leadership: Contexts, Models, Theology

Collaborative Parish Leadership: Contexts, Models, Theology, edited by William A. Clark, SJ and Daniel Gast is a collection of essays that came forth from a study conducted in the United States by Project Inspire attached to Loyola University Chicago’s Institute of Pastoral Studies and the Archdiocese of Chicago, and in Germany by the CrossingOver program led by Dr. Wilhelm Damburg at Ruhr University who partnered with the Diocese of Essen. Essentially this volume is a report of research on the development of Pastoral Leadership Teams in the US and Germany. It employs practical-theological methods, rooted in pastoral experience and integrated with scholarly reflection. The following chapters present comparative case studies of collaborative leadership in various settings: multicultural parishes in different parts of the US, parish clusters consolidating into single parishes using very different processes, and parishes in Chicago and Mexico City meeting similar urban challenges. Contributors include: Bryan Froehle and Mary Froehle, Brett Hoover, Peter Gilmour, Elfriede Wedam, Marti R. Jewell, Father Robert Schreiter, CPPS, and more. The research was funded through a grant from The Lilly Endowment, Inc. Sustaining Pastoral Excellence initiative. Recommended for diocesan and parish pastoral ministers. Available in hardcover for $90.00 from Lexington Books, an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, 15200 NBN Way, Bldg. C, Blue Ridge Summit, PA 17214. Tel: Toll free: (800) 462-6420 ext. 3024, Local: (717) 794-3800. Fax: (800) 338-4550. Local fax: (717) 794-3803. E-mail: [email protected]. Web site: