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Expanding Your Current Ministry?


Congratulations! You already have an established Vocation Ministry in your parish, and you may be struggling or in need of some fresh ideas. Either way, you have landed in the right place. The activities and resources outlined here should inspire all ministries.

I first encourage you to evaluate your parish and ministry to see where it fits into the phases of the book and this website. Some ministries established years ago have only a few members and only meet every six months; they most likely need to start at Phase I. Other ministries are fully funded and staffed, and they may be able to go straight to Phase II.

Every ministry and parish is different, so realistically knowing where you are will allow you to follow a path of success instead of being overwhelmed or bored. The structure outlined gives a very solid foundation on which the ministry can grow for years. It helps the ministry build a reputation for being prudent and successful. And, for those reasons, it attracts volunteers and helps them avoid burnout.

The point of the phases is to implement activities in an order that the ministry’s human and financial resources can handle and that the parish is prepared to receive. Achieving success with smaller, simpler, but still impactful activities before tackling the larger, more expensive, and more complex ones will keep attitudes in the ministry and parish positive. Alternatively, presenting an activity that requires a long-term commitment to a parish that has minimal understanding of vocations may leave a bad impression of the concept and the ministry.

My hope is that you will find activities that light a fire for vocations in your parish! God bless you! St. Alphonsus Liguori, pray for us!