Strategic Planning for Catholic Parishes

Listening, learning, and responding through the lens of Pope Francis’s teaching on synodality

Strategic planning


catholic parishes

Listening, learning, and responding through the lens of Pope Francis’s teaching on synodality.

About The Book

Are you looking for a process to develop a vision for your parish that opens your parish’s membership to the Holy Spirit? This book provides parishes with a flexible framework for an inclusive planning process that is rooted in the spirit of synodality as described by Pope Francis.

It is time for parishes to develop and articulate a bold vision for the future.

The book has been written for pastors, parish staff members, parish councils, and other lay leaders. Its contents will equip parish leaders with everything they need to facilitate a successful strategic planning process.

As seen in The Message and Creighton University’s Creighton Today.

What’s inside?

Strategic Planning for Catholic Parishes features 11 insightful chapters and covers a full range of information, from What is Synodality? to Putting Your Strategic Plan into Practice.

The book also includes a rich collection of resources like sample templates, letters, surveys, prayers, and agendas to help parish leaders implement the book’s guidance and facilitate a successful strategic planning process. These resources include:


Strategic Planning Checklist

Complete this checklist to help your team understand and communicate the various steps of the planning process (Appendix A)


Sample Letter to Parish Introducing Strategic Planning Process

Customize and distribute this sample letter to communicate the beginning of a strategic planning process to your parish (Appendix B)


Information-Gathering Survey Example

Distribute this survey during the listening phase to gather information from both parishioners (Appendix C) and non-parishioners (Appendix D)


Sample Survey and Listening Session Invitation

Use this letter to invite people to participate in a survey and/or attend a listening session (Appendix E)


Strategic Planning Worksheet

This worksheet will help develop details for your strategic plan focus areas (Appendix J)


Communication Rollout Plan Template

Complete this template to ensure communication about the strategic plan has occurred inside and outside your parish community (Appendix N)

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About the author

Dr. Tad Dickel is a strategy, leadership, and organizational development consultant who serves as President of T.A. Dickel Group, LLC. He specializes in strategic planning, leadership coaching, and creative problem-solving, and he works with a wide variety of organizations.

With a career that began in education, Tad has served as a Catholic high school president, principal, and teacher. He is an adjunct faculty member in Catholic School Leadership at Creighton University, and he holds a Ph.D. in educational leadership from Indiana State University.

Tad resides in Evansville, Indiana, with his wife Andrea, a Catholic elementary school principal. They have four children and belong to Holy Redeemer Catholic Church.

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