Phase I will consist of a parish-level review of mission focus and activity. Each parish community, both clergy and lay leaders, is to have a thorough and discerning discussion about how effectively it is fulfilling the mission of evangelization. This is more than a review of statistics and financial data, important as those are. Rather, we are asking parishes to engage in prayerful discernment so as to dig deeper into what lies behind the numbers: parishioners who have stopped practicing the faith, young people who depart after Confirmation, changing parish demographics, groups in the parish that have not yet been reached, and so on. To guide this discussion the Archdiocesan Office of Pastoral Planning will provide:
- an instrument designed to help parishes gauge mission readiness;
- a compilation of parish data, demographics, and maps; and,
- guidance to assist parishes in synthesizing this information into a Parish Mission Readiness Statement.