God calls the Church and our parishes to grow. However, today many of our parishes lack a vision for making disciples, have few or no plans to grow, and can assume that their current members are growing and new disciples are being made, despite evidence to the contrary. In other words, our parishes can be more hopeful than honest. This workshop will address the pastoral reality and current practice of our parishes, offer a renewed vision for making disciples and evangelisation, and suggest practical actions that parishes can take to change the culture and focus of their ministries and groups. It will draw on research into best practice for Church growth both here in Australia and abroad and facilitate a conversation about the nature of parish leadership in this time of change and challenge for faith.
Daniel Ang is Director of Pastoral Planning for the Diocese of Parramatta. He was co-author and coordinator of the Parramatta pastoral plan, Faith in Our Future, and now oversees initiatives of renewal and planning in a parish and diocesan context. He teaches ecclesiology and ministry at the Parramatta Institute for Mission, holds a Bachelor of Arts/Commerce from the University of Sydney and a Master of Divinity from the Sydney College of Divinity. Daniel is an executive member of the National Pastoral Planners Network and published in a number of peer reviewed journals. He is a married layman with one son.