Category Archives: Church Leadership
Message of the Synod Assembly on the pastoral challenges to the family in the context of evangelisation
This article from the Episcopal News Service is worth reading by anyone interested in how churches can work with their community on economic development issues. It shows how the church and businesses in the community can work together and both come out stronger.
It also shows the down-side of the “Not invented here” attitude. As this article shows we can all learn from each other. Not only did the Province IX bishops learn much from what they saw in the Philippines, but we in the U.S. and the rest of the world could learn a lot from them as well.
Like the Episcopal Church in the Philippines, we should look for new and unique ways to reach out to, and build the communities we serve.
This story from one of our local news radio stations should prove educational for pastors, and church administrators from all over the country.
LOS ANGELES, May 28, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — The president of The Foursquare Church is to serve a second term, continuing to lead the more than 6,600 U.S. credentialed ministers through a season of major change.
Glenn Burris Jr. was ratified Tuesday, May 27, 2014, in a historic vote at the denomination’s annual convention, the first giving qualified absentee voters a voice in choosing their next leader. Glenn will officially begin his next five-year term Sept. 1, 2015, which will end Aug. 31, 2020.
More than 1,300 voting ministers and delegates on site at Foursquare Connection 2014 this week, taking place in Dallas through May 29, and 731 credentialed ministers who returned absentee ballots, voted to ratify Glenn to continue in his role for another five years, precluding the nomination and selection of a new president. According to Foursquare bylaws, 75 percent of the votes cast is required in order for the president to be ratified.
“It’s very humbling to serve you at any level. … Thank you for your trust and confidence,” Glenn told the convention body upon accepting the ratification, before three former Foursquare presidents—Jack Hayford, Paul Risser and Harold Helms—prayed for Glenn, anointing him with oil. “What a great future the Foursquare church has,” he said, referencing the Reimagining of Foursquare discussed throughout this year’s convention.
“I take the responsibilities of the president’s office very seriously, and I will continue to strive for excellence in serving The Foursquare Church and God’s kingdom,” Glenn said in a statement.
The appointment is being widely welcomed within the denomination as an important decision at a time of transition. Foursquare is in the midst of significant organizational changes intended to better position its churches and members for more effective ministry.
Glenn, who has served in various ministry roles with Foursquare since his first appointment in 1976, has earned widespread appreciation for the way he has headed the Reimagine Foursquare process, a reevaluation unparalleled in the movement’s 91-year history. His collaborative leadership approach has been welcomed as national and local leaders, as well as lay members, have been involved in prayer, research and discussion on issues related to church organization, government and practice.
Proposals for realignment organizationally, financially, structurally and pastorally are being presented at this week’s gathering in Dallas, with further research and discussion to follow as changes are implemented. More than 3,000 people from across the U.S. and overseas have gathered in Dallas under the theme, “Multiply.”
A graduate of Mount Vernon Bible College in Mount Vernon, Ohio, Glenn served as a youth pastor and senior pastor before taking on district and national leadership roles. He became supervisor of Foursquare’s historic Southeast District in 1992, and 10 years later was appointed general supervisor of the U.S. national church.
Glenn and his wife, Debbie, have two adult children, two grandchildren and a third grandchild on the way this summer.
As president, Glenn leads a denomination with around 1,700 churches and 7,000 credentialed ministers in the U.S. Globally, there are more than 7.5 million Foursquare members in 136 countries, around 99,000 licensed ministers, and more than 68,000 churches and meeting places.
Officially named the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, The Foursquare Church was founded in 1923 by Aimee Semple McPherson. A pioneering evangelist, she opened the historic Angelus Temple in Los Angeles and was known for her creative use of media in ministry.
A Pentecostal movement, Foursquare draws its name from what members embrace as the essential four-fold ministries of Jesus: Savior, Baptizer With the Holy Spirit, Healer, and Soon-Coming King.
FRISCO, Texas, May 27, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — The National Organization of Church Security & Safety Management (NOCSSM™) will present its Tenth Annual Church Security Conference to be held at New Life Church in Colorado Springs on August 8-9, 2014.
“Initial Responder™” Tactics (What to do until SWAT gets there?), Pastoral Protection, Close Quarters Combat, Active Shooters, Armed Security Teams, Control and restraint techniques, Childcare Security, Mission Trip Security — these are all buzzwords that every church is dealing with. Church leaders are asking, “What are the liabilities? What are other churches doing to address these issues?” and “What is legal in my state?”
“Each year we try to have new speakers and new subject matter to add to our attendee’s security skill set.” says Chuck Chadwick (President of NOCSSM),”This year is no different. It is hard for me to believe that we have been helping to protect our church families by providing ‘Real Solutions’ for the ‘Real World’ of church security for over ten years.”
Special sessions this year will include former United State Secret Service agent and Church Security Director Brian Gallagher who will be speaking on Pastoral Protection. New Life Church’s Security Director, Jeff Kowell’s demonstration of team security drills and exercises. Carl Chinn will also be presenting a special session on the newly announced “Gatekeeper Program™” being deployed in Colorado and other western states. Carl will also be speaking about the New Life Church shooting of 2007. Chuck Chadwick will be presenting on Armed “Initial Responder™” Tactics.
While not all churches have the degree of concern as a mega-church, every church wants to meet the unthinkable with a degree of preparedness.
The two day conference is the best training attendees can get and a great value to every church. We anticipate to sell out very quickly.
For further details go to www.nocssm.org
The National Organization of Church Security & Safety Management (NOCSSM) is dedicated to church security and safety issues through the implementation of security and safety measures specifically designed and time tested for churches.
Traveling with Saints
By Edward M. Dougherty, M.M.
Maryknoll Superior General reflects on how two popes to be canonized this spring have influenced his life.
Few people ever get the chance to travel with a saint. I did! In September 1988 I was in the contingent of international church people and journalists that accompanied Pope John Paul II on his fourth pastoral visit to Africa.
When Pope Francis recently announced that he would canonize Pope John Paul along with Pope John XXIII on April 27, I was elated and relived my up close and personal encounter with Pope John Paul.
I can still recall the plane ride to southern Africa when we members of the pope’s entourage were given the opportunity to ask him questions. The questions came rapid-fire in many languages — French, Italian, Polish, English — and he replied in the language of each speaker. I was really impressed.
When my turn came, as a missioner I naturally asked, “Do you have a word for missionaries in Africa?” I waited anxiously for the answer. I will always remember his deep, strong voice bestowing a blessing on the missionaries in Africa and saying how he and the entire Church are grateful for the missioners’ tremendous efforts to share the Gospel. Then he paused and added how encouraged he was to see the African church becoming missionary itself.
Having served in Africa as a Maryknoll priest, I felt proud. Here was the pope affirming not only missioners’ work of evangelization but also the faith of the people in receiving it and handing it on.
Throughout our visit — to Zimbabwe, South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland and Mozambique — I could tell this pope felt the love of the people and loved them in return. Reserved but warm, he seemed to enjoy the lively African singing and dancing that marked every liturgy he celebrated wherever we went.
In Mozambique, then embroiled in a violent civil war, the warring parties issued a ceasefire for the duration of the pope’s visit. That was miraculous. But he reminded the priests and religious in this country of their role in promoting a lasting peace. He asked them rhetorically, “How can one give witness and preach to the people the new commandment (of love) without promoting, through paths of peace and justice, their authentic progress?” Peace did not come immediately but the pope’s presence certainly planted seeds of hope for a future free from fear and conflict.
John Paul II was pope for over 25 years and, in my opinion, succeeded in presenting the global face of the Church and, by his numerous trips to countries throughout the world, strengthening the ties of Rome with the local churches he visited.
I never, of course, had the privilege of meeting Pope John XXIII personally. I was only in the fourth grade when he became pope in 1958. I thought he was a courageous man, inspired by the Holy Spirit to bring the Church into the modern world. His convening of the Second Vatican Council in 1962 had far-reaching effects on countless lives, including mine.
Like other Catholics who remember a time when the Mass was totally in Latin, I was happy to participate in the liturgy in my own language following Vatican II. As a diocesan seminarian in my native Philadelphia before transferring to Maryknoll in 1974, I experienced the influence of this future saint in “opening the windows” of the Church and urging priests and religious to leave the confines of their rectories and convents and take the Gospel into the streets. Because of this unprecedented papal exhortation, every Thursday we seminarians were required to leave our desks and go out to do field work in parishes to get hands-on preparation for our future work as priests.
A few years ago a former Maryknoll priest associate, Father Don Larmore, with whom I served in Tanzania, gave a retreat on the life and times of John XXIII. It prompted me to recall the powerful hope that John inspired as well as the welcoming and compassionate style that marked his papal leadership. Father Larmore reminded us of how as papal nuncio in Bulgaria, the future pontiff promoted interreligious dialogue and even as pope remained a simple pastor, concerned with ordinary people’s needs and the run of the mill things of life.
John XXIII died in 1963, mourned throughout the world and remembered as “good Pope John.” He was buried in Saint Peter’s Basilica. Following his beatification by Pope John Paul II, in 2001 John’s body was moved from its original place to the altar of Saint Jerome, where it could be seen by all the faithful. At that time I was serving as Procurator General for the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers in Rome, and I can attest that the grave of Pope John XXIII is one of the most visited sites there.
So, I am excited about the canonization of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II. They inspire me in my own role as Superior General of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers. They are great role models for the Church today, John XXIII for his openness and desire to make the message of Christ relevant to the modern world and John Paul II for being an ambassador of Christ to that world.
Last year at a meeting of religious superiors in Rome, I had the privilege of meeting the man who now walks in the footsteps of John XXIII and John Paul II, Pope Francis. I came home encouraged by this spiritual father, who reaches out to all. He truly continues the legacy of the two he will canonize as saints, that is, people who had a call to holiness and acted on it. May we all follow their example.
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Vatican City, 3 October 2013
(VIS) – The reform of the Curia and the attribution of of more incisive
role to the laity were among the principal themes considered yesterday
afternoon and this morning in the meeting of the Council of Cardinals,
instituted by the Pope to assist him in the governance of the Church,
said the director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr. Federico Lombardi
S.J., in a briefing with journalists.
Before commenting on
the issues discussed by the cardinals, Fr. Lombardi referred to the
words of the Pope at the end of the audience with participants in the
meeting held to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of John XXIII’s
encyclical, “Pacem in terris”, in which he recalled the victims,
currently numbered at 90, of the shipwreck this morning near the Italian
island of Lampedusa. “In the light of this new tragedy”, he said, “we
understand more clearly the value and meaning of the first trip of
Moving on to the work of the Council of Cardinals, he
stated that the Pope was present yesterday in the afternoon session,
held between 4 and 7 p.m. “The Holy Father goes to pray at the Chapel at
seven o’clock, and that is the end of their collaboration, although the
the cardinals may join him together, if they see fit. This morning he
was not present as he received in audience the participants in the
meeting organised by the Pontifical Council ‘Justice and Peace’”.
The cardinals worked principally on the reform of the
Curia. “The direction of their work would not indicate an updating of
the apostolic Constitution ‘Pastor Bonus’, with retouches and marginal
modifications”, explained Lombardi, “but rather, a new constitution with
significant new aspects. It will be necessary to wait a reasonable
amount of time following this Council, but the idea is this. The
cardinals have made it clear that they do not intend to make cosmetic
retouches or minor modifications to ‘Pastor bonus’”.
The intention of the cardinals is to emphasise the nature
of the service on the part of the Curia and the universal and local
church “in terms of subsidiarity, rather than the exercise of
centralised power. The intended direction would be to put this into
practice in the service of the Church in all her dimensions”.
Another important theme was the nature and functions of
the Secretariat of State, which “should be the secretariat of the Pope;
the word State should not give rise to doubt. This body serves the Pope
in the governance of the universal Church. The meeting of the Council is
very useful at the moment, in view of the directions the Pope will give
to the new Secretary of State, who will assume his role shortly, on 15
Again in relation to
the Curia, the Council will address the matter of relations between the
heads of the dicasteries and the Pope, and co-ordination between the
various bodies. “In this context, mention was made of the role of a
‘Moderator Curiae’ (moderator for the Curia), and the functions of such a
figure. The issue was touched upon but no decision has been made as to
whether it will form part of the new constitution; however, it is in
fact one of the hypotheses suggested by the Council”.
With regard to a
possible reorganisation of the administration of temporal goods, the
cardinals touched upon this matter but without exploring the theme in
depth, since they are awaiting the “reports of the referring commissions
on the matter, who will communicate the results of their work [to the
The question of the laity merited “significant attention”
from Council members, as they had received many suggestions and
questions on this subject from their various areas of origin. “When
dealing with the reform of the curia and its institutions, the Council
also plans to give more specific attention to issues relating to the
laity, so that this dimension of the life of the Church is properly and
effectively recognised and followed by the governance of the Church. Now
there is a Pontifical Council for the Laity, but it is still possible
to think of ways of strengthening this aspect”.
This morning, in view of the preparations for the next Synod, debate on the matter was reopened.
said that yesterday no date had been set for the next meeting of the
Council, although mention was made of a meeting in spring next year, of
an informal nature. “The intention”, he concluded, “is to continue,
without waiting for too long. Also, it would be incorrect to assume that
nothing happens between one meeting and another; the cardinals and the
Pope continue to exchange opinions and messages, even in the absence of a
plenary meeting of the Council”.
- Pope and cardinals to completely overhaul the Curia, says spokesman (catholicherald.co.uk)
- VATICAN – Pope establishes a “Council of Cardinals ” to help govern the Church and reform the Curia (asianews.it)
- Pope convenes cardinals for church reform talks (news.yahoo.com)