For the final ten years of my professional career, I served as Director of Pastoral Planning for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester NY. During that time I was able to bring my previous administrative experience and education to bear on the Church and it administration. In the process I learned much more about the Church and deepened my own spiritual life. I have tried to capture both the spirit and the techniques of this special kind of planning in a book published by Ave Maria Press: A Concise Guide to Pastoral Planning. This is available online from Ave Maria and from Amazon.
In January 2011 I presented a webinar for Ave Maria Press entitled “Pastoral Planning as a way of Being Church.” Almost 300 people signed up for the session. You can listen to an archive copy of the webinar by going to the Ave Maria site.