At each session of the Liturgical Ministry meeting, participants asked that the Staff gather individual Ministries as well as all Ministers together for training and for social events more frequently. The Ministers expressed the need to feel better connected to one other, and to know more of what was was going on in our Collaborative.
As part of the update of the Liturgical Ministries, starting with Lectors and Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist, but eventually including Greeters, Ushers, Music Ministers and Altar Servers, we will be hold update sessions. Needless to say, this is a large task, so our first updates will be for Lectors and EMs.
Early in January, Deacon Phil will meet with Ministry Leaders from our three Parishes to discuss how to roll out these updates while also improving communication with the Ministers.
There are also things that we can do quickly to improve communication. We will:
- identify the leaders for the Ministries,
- provide consistent training and standards,
- commit to regular (quarterly or bi-annual) get togethers, and
- commit to using mailing lists to communicate changes and give updates.
This is hard work, but it can be done.