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Servant Leadership Team

Servant Leadership Team

What is the St. Luke Servant Leadership Team?

"The parish pastoral council is an institution that brings together lay people, religious, and the ordained who, together with their pastors, work jointly to build the parish as a living Christian community."

Servant Leadership Team Mission

The Servant Leadership Team (SLT) is also known as the Parish Council.  It focuses on service and leadership for the parish, pastor, and the community at large. The role of SLT is to bring concerns that affect the whole parish to the attention of the pastor. The SLT, through prayerful discernment of God’s will and responsive to the parish needs and responsibilities, will guide and enable the community to live a conscious and active Christ-centered faith.


Goals and Objectives:

  • Discover the needs of the Parish

  • Discern and plan direction of the Parish

  • Cultivate a spirit of unity and dynamic growth within SLT

  • Cultivate an open, collaborative relationship with the Pastor and staff

  • Coordinate and support Parish Commission and their missions

  • Enable parishioner awareness of the SLT nature, purpose and mission.


The Servant Leadership Team consists of approximately nine (9) members each asked to serve a 3-year term, with one-third of the team cycling each year. The SLT collaborates with the pastor in giving concrete direction in implementing his vision and the mission of the Church. Members will also serve as liaisons to other councils, such as Finance and Stewardship, along with the pastor. They will attend their regular meetings and communicate between the ministries, SLT, Pastor, and staff. The intention is to have a diverse parish representation through a multi-step process. The SLT utilizes a consensus decision-making model. Members work together in subcommittees to complete goals and work on projects towards the ends mentioned above. These include but are not limited to:

  • Recommending to the pastor a set of priorities and timelines for action

  • Mobilizing support of the parish and other organizations of the parish

  • Working with the pastor to implement new initiatives proposed in the pastoral plan

  • Relaying our ministries' funding needs to the Finance Commission

  • Monitoring and evaluating the progress of the pastoral plan.

Volunteer Opportunities

In the spring of each year to replace the three members cycling off, parishioners are invited to attend a volunteer fair for information regarding SLT. At this information session, current SLT members explain the workings of the Team and invite those attending to prayerfully consider their interest in joining the Servant Leadership Team. If interested, the candidates complete a questionnaire, which is reviewed by the SLT Candidate Nominating Committee, who present their recommendations to the whole Servant Leadership Team and the Pastor for selection. At the Pastor’s discretion, current members can extend their membership for an additional 3-year term.


To be eligible to serve on the Servant Leadership Team, one must be:

  1. At least 21 years of age

  2. A registered and active Catholic member of the parish

  3. Free of any other concurrent significant leadership positions within the church

  4. Experienced with other ministries within the church (Leadership roles preferred)

  5. Agree to accept and live up to the SLT mission statement, and goals and objectives.

Time Commitment

SLT meets monthly on the last Monday of the month with the Pastor to discover the needs of the parish and plan the direction of the Parish. May include participation in other Commissions, ministries, and events, such as the Fall Festival and Salt and Light Awards reception.


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