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Review article

A Parson in the Era of Transformations

Dariusz Lipiec orcid id ; Faculty of Theology, The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Lublin, Poland

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This paper is devoted to the issues concerning the leadership of a parson over his parish in the era of transformations which are taking place in the Central and Eastern Europe. These transformations are multiple and complex. The author of the paper focuses on the socio-cultural and religious transformations which constitute the essential background for the parson’s ministry. These transformations result in the fact that the previous model of leadership in the parish community is not sufficient or adequate to the contemporary challenges. On the basis of the theory of organization and leadership, the attempt was made to indicate the directions of the parson’s work which are to result in the transformation of a parish so that it could become more of an evangelizing community. On the basis of the teachings of the Church and this theory, the author indicated the features of a parson which are particularly vital in the leadership in a parish. The attention was also drawn to some ways of the priest’s formation which can help parsons to effectively pursue their mission.


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