Ministry Teams – What’s Happening!
In recent times the accelerated pace of diminishing clergy relative to ongoing pastoral demands has seen dioceses reconfigured into administrative areas or pastoral units. There is a consequent shift towards a number of priests from different parishes being jointly responsible for the whole unit, co-equal in power and accountability. The practice of committees attending to different aspects of Church life e.g. parish pastoral council, liturgy groups, finance committees etc. under the charge of the parish priest is not new to the Church. However, the lexicon and practices are changing here also, with the emphasis on ‘team spirit’ – working corporately and cooperatively