What kind of steps are congregations taking to prepare for the future?
Congregations are doing serious planning for the future. This planning includes the future of the congregation's mission, the recruitment of new membership, and providing cost-effective, quality care for senior members. There is no single decision or strategy that makes the difference between success and failure. Rather a combination of wise choices creates the conditions necessary for congregations to reach their goals. Best Practices Research sponsored by the Commission on Religious Life and Ministry with the National Religious Retirement Office addresses this question in detail and can be downloaded from the NRRO website, www.usccb.org/nrro