Parish Leadership Team Formation

Leadership Group

St Therese’s Essendon - Parish Leadership Team

We are looking to establish a ‘Parish Leadership Team’ at St Therese’s as a follow-on from earlier consultations concerning the forthcoming 2020 Plenary Council. We have the opportunity to move forward at the parish community level, and a ‘Parish Leadership Team’ would enable us to continue to hear and respond to the needs of parishioners at all levels in a timely and effective manner.

The ‘Parish Leadership Team’ will complement the many activities already underway in our parish, with a focus on identifying and responding to the hopes, ideas, needs and concerns of all parishioners.

The Leadership Team is ‘A representative Group’, bringing together the hopes and dreams of the whole Parish Community, with the following characteristics:

  • Parish-wide representation;
  • Small, manageable group;
  • Overall parish focus rather than personal views;
  • Identify opportunities in the parish and set priorities;
  • Support development of parish rather than ‘manage’ activities.

What is involved in being a member of the Parish Leadership Team?

  • Typically have 8-10 members including the Parish Priest – Leadership Team will elect a Chairperson for an agreed period;
  • 2 year term of appointment;
  • Meeting every 4-5 weeks during initial setup, say for the first 6 months, then possibly every 8 weeks depending on level of activity – meetings would likely be in the evening;
  • Some pre-reading of minutes and papers prior to each meeting;
  • Enjoy working in a team environment where all views are shared, respectfully discussed and actions agreed;
  • Operate with integrity, sensitivity, openness and respect the confidentiality of this trusted position;
  • Represent issues and / or items for consideration by the Leadership Team on behalf of parishioners or the church at large.

If this sounds like something you would be interested in, please complete the nomination form below, and return to the Parish Office either by email or in person.

If you would like any additional information regarding the ‘Parish Leadership Team’ please contact the Parish Office and we will arrange for someone to contact you.

Parish office phone 9379 2039 or email


Download the Leadership Nomination Form: Click Here