"If you don't have a dream, how are you going to make a dream come true?"
Our Vision is "our dream" for the Parish. It is a statement of how the Parish will be if we were to place ourselves in the future and describe it in a few words. We think that our Vision is self-explanatory.
A Vision is a powerful concept.
It is used in sports, business and often our personal lives to indicate the state we wish to achieve. In the same manner, it can be very benificial for a Parish to have a Vision statement- but only if we believe in it and work for the Lord under the umbrella of what it is saying, always consistently with our Values (which are our core beliefs).
Vision helps us focus our activities and plans and sends a clear message about where we are heading.
Think of the Olympic athlete- for example a downhill aerial skier executing those incredible aerial manoeuvres. The person will have used mental rehearsal to practise the moves well before they attempt them in reality. They also have in their mind a Vision of their attainment- they can actually visualize their achievement as if it is happening now. Once this is in their subconscious, it enables the body to do incredible things. Similarly, our Vision for the Parish will be embodied in our collective subconscious thus enabling its achievement.
"Inspired by our love of Christ, as a community of hope we reach out and spiritually nourish all."
Personal: Every individual, whether conscious of it or not, holds a set of deep-down core values. You could also call these “principals”, “core beliefs” or “philosophies”. These deep-rooted beliefs guide our personal lives. They give direction and meaning to life in such a way that it enhances the growth of the total person. They come from our environment (parents, siblings, upbringings, schools) as well as our experiences throughout life. Sometimes a person might choose to cultivate particular values and thus move their life in a particular direction. People rarely share their personal values. However, we can often determine at least some of them by looking at a person's behaviour. To be in harmony with one's values is very positive whereas to be out of sync can be very stressful. Indeed, if two people who are close have very different values or values that conflict, this can lead to bitter disharmony.
Some personal values might be:
Belief in God
Parish Values: In a similar manner to individuals, every Parish organisation has a set of values. You could also call them “Core Beliefs” or “Cultural Norms”. They are often unspoken and come from the individuals who make up the organisation, particularly those in leadership positions. It is easiest to think of these organisational values as: “The way we do things around here”. If undefined, these values might change as the people change. This can lead to almost haphazard changes of direction in the Parish.
In a Parish, the leadership has the opportunity to define and live a set of values. Unlike the personal case, these ARE publicised and affirmed and it is important that the Parish abides by them or there WILL be conflict and disharmony. Conversely, to publish and live by your values creates trust, harmony and openness and typically will lead to a much faster attainment of the Vision.
After considerable discernment and discussion, the Pittwater Pastoral Council has put together the Vision, Mission and Values for the Parish and solicited input from the Parish as a whole before publishing them and integrating them into the life of Pittwater Parish.
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For a fuller description, click each Value or
"Our Vision" or "Our Values" or "Our Mission"