Petition to the Archbishop of Melbourne
TAKE THE WAY OF THE GOSPEL
REFERENCE AND ADVISORY GROUP
NOTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON WEDNESDAY 23 NOVEMBER 2022
The items addressed at the meeting were:
Take the Way of the Gospel
The governance structure chart was presented, illustrating the relationship and function of the following bodies:
Reference & Advisory Group - reports to the Steering Committee. Its role is to provide input and feedback on alternatives and proposals;
Project Team - also reports to the Steering Committee. Its role is to coordinate strategy deployment;
Steering Committee - reports to the Archbishop. Its role is to identify priorities and report progress to the Curia;
Curia - monitors progress and supports strategy implementation at the regional level.
Strategic Communication & Events Plan
The Reference & Advisory Group was briefed on the plan for events for 2023 together with the proposed messages, channels and resources. The Group felt the plan was ambitious and further consultation on the proposed events would be important. A preference for simple messaging was expressed. The need for differentiated communication was highlighted given the diverse level of engagement amongst parishes.
The Table of Contents for the Take the Way of the Gospel Parish Guide was presented. In general, it was felt the proposed content would be very helpful to parishes. Additional content and some minor modifications were recommended.
Take the Way of the Gospel Theory of Change
The proposed graphic was endorsed as being a helpful way to communicate the actions it is assumed will be required for the desired parish transformation to occur. Enhancements were suggested. These will be incorporated into the next version of the graphic to be tabled at the Steering Committee meeting on 30 November.
Meeting Dates for 2023
The meeting dates for 2023 are 1 March, 7 June, 6 September and 22 November.
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