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The Pastoral Parish in the Modern World 8 Group Exercises to Teach the New Vocabulary of Pastoral Ministry and How to Enact It

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The Pastoral Parish in the Modern World
8 Group Exercises to Teach the New Vocabulary of Pastoral Ministry and How to Enact It
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A planning workbook for today's Church! • This eResource edition is reproducible  • Also available as paperback book!

Many new and compelling approaches to pastoral ministry have recently emerged within the Church.  We can no longer lead our parishes like we did five, ten, or twenty years ago. From accompaniment to synodality—along with the discernment needed for each—to missionary discipleship and increased evangelization, we have many new ideas to understand and enact. 

This workbook provides exercises to help you define, decode, and implement these new initiatives. Written in plain English by pastoral theologian Bill Huebsch with examples from master storyteller David Wells, this resource will help you succeed in your parish.


  • Eight group exercises with excellent discussion questions
  • Introductory videos online to introduce each topic
  • Background drawn from the Catechism, Vatican II, and the magisterium 
  • A process leading to a parish pastoral plan embracing all eight concepts

The concepts:

  • Pastoral Ministry
  • Synodality
  • Discernment
  • Evangelization
  • Catechesis
  • Accompaniment
  • Theological Reflection
  • Missionary Discipleship

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This reproducible eResource is sold with a lifetime license for use within a parish, school, or diocesan office. You are allowed to make unlimited copies for use within your own community. You may also email these to members of your team or participants in your program. If you serve more than one parish or school, each should purchase its own license. You may not post our eResources to any web site without explicit permission to do so. Please contact us if you have any questions. Thank you for cooperating with our honor system regarding our product licenses.

Format: eResource
Product code: WH110
Dimensions: 8½" x 11"
Length: 88 pages
The Pastoral Center
Written by Bill Huebsch and David Wells


Bill Huebsch is an author, theologian, former director of religious education, and long-time Catholic publishing professional. He is also a husband, a widely-published and award-winning author, a gardener, a university professor, and a pretty qualified corkscrew operator. He has been a farmer, a marketing director, arts administrator, director of religious education, and diocesan administrator. Bill has published nearly thirty books as well as numerous articles, booklets, and screenplays.

Bill is the founder of the online Pastoral Center and past president of Twenty-Third Publications. Bill writes and teaches extensively on the catechetical mission of the Church and on the importance of continuing to implement the vision of the Second Vatican Council.

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David Wells is a pastoral leader whose career has included diocesan, parish, and school ministry in the United Kingdom. He is the author of three top-notch books on discipleship and prayer and a popular international presenter. David always brings humor and common sense to his ministry. He lives with his family in Exmouth, England. 

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