The Emerging Models of Pastoral Leadership project just commissioned the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University to conduct a series of surveys in parishes nationwide. These were designed to examine important changes in parish life—including a study to better understand who is serving America’s parishes, what brought them there, and what their needs are in the 21st century.
Here's a slice of that survey. You can view the full survey here.
I thought it was interesting that 'Welcoming new parishioners' was toward the top, while 'Outreach to inactive Catholics' was so near the bottom. It's not an easy thing to reach out to inactive Catholics, but I think there is tremendous opportunity and s need for growth in that area - particularly with less than 20% of Catholics going to Mass regularly.
So, given the chance, where would you rate your parish? What do you do well? Where do you see opportunities and a need for growth? What strides have you made already -- and how is God calling you to fill that gap?