Parish Social Ministry

Parish Social Ministry

Strategies for Success 

Author: Tom Ulrich

Price: $17.95

Format: Paperback

Pages: 128

Trim size: 7 x 10 inches

ISBN: 978-0-87793-747-0

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

On-sale date: October 1, 2001

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Meeting the social needs of their communities—the elderly, teen moms, poor schools, blighted neighborhoods—is essential to the life of the parish. Whether looking to build upon, or simply start, a concerted social ministry outreach, this guidebook poses all the questions (and provides direction and answers) to help your parish move forward.

Questions Posed and Answered:

  • What does a fully functioning parish social ministry effort look like? What is its vision?
  • What does a parish social ministry effort attempt to accomplish? How does it attempt to accomplish it?
  • What is the foundation of parish social ministry?
  • What are the characteristics of direct service and social action ministry?
  • What are the scriptural foundations for parish social ministry?
  • What are the key elements of successful parish social ministry?
  • How does one assess to what extent parish social ministry is being fully developed in the parish?
  • What exactly is a parish social ministry leader? How do we identify potential leaders?
  • How is a team of leaders organized to be the conduit for parish social ministry efforts?
  • How do you effectively recruit parishioners to lead social ministry work?
  • Is it important for social ministry to be integrated into the life of the parish? How is that accomplished?
  • How can diocesan offices and parishes create a partnership to do parish social ministry?
  • What are the main considerations and skills for being a successful meeting facilitator?


"An excellent resource."

""An excellent resource of encouragement and practical assistance for parish communities to give witness to the social teaching of the Catholic church. Tom Ulrich's insights and experience in this increasingly rich tradition couldn't come at a more appropriate moment in the life of our parishes."

William S. Skylstad, Bishop of Spokane

"Faithful, insightful, and practical."

"This book is a faithful, insightful, and practical guide for effective parish social ministry. Tom Ulrich has taken years of experience, knowledge, and insight and turned them into useful advice for parish leaders. If parishes follow the path he describes and use the tools he provides, they will become real 'communities of salt and light.'"

John Carr, Director, Department of Social Development and World Peace
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops