Built of Living Stones 172-174: The Master Plan

Master plan, as in resources, finances, et cetera, not liturgical:

§ 172 § As part of its stewardship efforts, each parish should have a master plan for the current and future allocation and augmentation of its resources. The master plan contains the statement of the parish vision and priorities, the long-range general plan for parish buildings and properties, and the outline for the allocation of financial and personnel resources.

Ideally, a mission statement focuses the parish, allows people to zero in on community priorities, not get distracted by peripherals:

§ 173 § The parish mission statement and its list of priorities can serve as the basis for making decisions about resources and projects. In addition to the mission statement, the master plan includes a current inventory of buildings and property; a site plan; an analysis of the current condition of significant items that impact budget, plans, and priorities; and regularly updated reports on the parish’s financial assets and projections for future growth, or the amortization of debts as well as maintenance and replacement data on major items such as furnaces, roofs, elevators, and other items of capital outlay.

For musicians, maintenance and replacement data for a pipe organ is essential–don’t forget that.

Don’t forget what the larger community is doing:

§ 174 § Since planning is affected by many events, a regularly updated report on area demographics, population trends, and planned growth and development by the municipality’s planning office that could affect parish property and the surrounding area is an important part of the data in the plan. The assessment of potential items of major liability or sources of income are also part of this long-range plan. The decision to build a church or to renovate an existing worship space is made within the framework of the master plan.

All texts from Built of Living Stones are copyright © 2000, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Inc. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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