Pastoral Planning
Topeka Region

December 19, 2013

Director of Communication & Planning

The Reid Group consultants:

John Reid

Karen Castellon


Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas

12615 Parallel Parkway

Kansas City, Kansas 66109


Core Team Update #3


Dear Core Team Members:


Christmas is almost upon us--we hope that yours is a joyous and peace-filled celebration. This is the last update you will receive in 2013-we'll be back in touch in the new year. Thanks to all of you for your continuing hard work on the parish self-evaluations in this phase of the planning process.


We are committed to providing you with the resources you need to make this self-evaluation phase as productive as possible. We expect to send out these updates every week or so, to give you the latest information, answer your questions and keep us all focused on the planning process as it unfolds.


In the coming weeks, we encourage you to focus on several of the following action steps:            

  • Review the Parish Core Team Job Description
  • Discuss the project goals, assumptions and criteria
  • Examine the 5 different ways to involve parishioners in the process
  • Decide which form to use for evaluation - short, long, or combo
  • Begin evaluation of your parish life and be prepared to complete your self-evaluation by February 1 

For your information . . .

Here are a few updates for your information:


  1. The English and Spanish versions of the Planning Guide in Microsoft Word format are on the archdiocesan web site at   Please share this with your fellow parishioners who are interested in more information on the process.
  2. Parish facilitators are ready to assist your team in facilitating core team meetings, parish town hall gatherings and more.  These talented men and women can also help you prepare meeting agendas if you wish.  There is no cost to you for this service.  Please call or email  one of the Reid Group consultants (contact information below) to make the necessary arrangements.
  3. Continue to communicate with your parishioners about the planning process, using regular bulletin announcements.  Sample announcements can be found beginning in Section II, page 78 of 82.  Please adjust the content to your own situation.
  4. If you decide to conduct a parish survey as a way to get parishioner input, it is good to do it early in the parish evaluation process, so you have time to analyze the results and communicate them to the parish.  Be sure and give yourselves enough time to study and synthesize the results.  Remember parish surveys are optional.  Two samples are provided in Section II, pages 5 and 6.  The archdiocese can help you with your survey, and also put it online for you, if you choose.
  5. Looking ahead to the work of the Clusters that will begin in February 2014: all the forms that you will be working with in this phase have been posted as individual Word documents on the archdiocesan web site:



Thank you again for all your good work. Please do not hesitate to call on one of your Reid Group team members if you have questions.