Planning For The Christian Community: A Case Study of the 1991-1995 Pastoral Plan for the Diocese of Chalan Kanoa

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Shewman, Richard
Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology
This paper presents a model for pastoral planning at the Diocesan level. This model is attentive to the cultural meanings and values of the people. It attends to the tradition and beliefs of the Church, as well. The model is illustrated with a case study. The case study documents the process which produced the second Pastoral Plan for the Diocese of Chalan Kanoa. The paper is divided into six chapters. The first chapter discusses the pastoral planning model, examining its theoretical and theological basis. The second chapter discusses the issue of culture as it relates to the pastoral plan. Chapters three, four, and five comprise the case study. This structure reflects the steps of attending, assertion, and decision proposed by Whitehead as a method of pastoral reflection (1980;9-29). The final chapter includes personal reflections on the planning process.