Pastoral Planning
Topeka Region

January 9, 2014

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 #4


Dear Core Team Members:


We hope you had a joyous and meaningful holiday season and come into the New Year refreshed and ready for the important work ahead.


As an aid to your work in the coming weeks, we are providing you with a one-page timeline with all the relevant tasks and dates.  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.  In addition, all the forms that you will be working with in the Cluster phase which begins in February have been posted as individual Word documents on the archdiocesan web site:
  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 at the left) 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. Some of you have asked if there is a sample flyer or bulletin insert that can serve as a template for announcing Town Hall meetings. We don't have a template per se, but we do encourage you to be as creative as possible. We can offer a sample agenda for the meeting as well as share Power Point slides you may find useful. Also, if you would like to have a facilitator for the Town Hall meeting, just let us know and we will make the arrangements.



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.