“A leader in a Parish, Parish Priest or anyone else is there to serve and by doing that we are following Jesus Christ, (the) servant leader who came to serve and not to be served,” said the Kenyan-born Cleric who lectures at Tangaza University College (TUC).
Fr. Lusabe underscored the need for Catholic leaders to have basic skills in management saying, “We are encouraging (Church) leaders to have basic training.”
Making reference to members of the Clergy and a section of women and men Religious, the Kenyan Priest said pursuing courses in Philosophy of Theology “is not enough for a leader. It is important to learn how to manage the temporal goods of the Church and to use them well.”
The book encourages members of the Clergy to collaborate with Lay professionals within a Parish context, Fr. Lusabe said.
Published by Paulines Publications Africa, the book is relevant in the COVID-19 context, the CM member said, and explained, “Parishes rely on hand to mouth and Priests had to think of Plan B for survival during COVID-19. The book tells us to think anew; what we can do for sustainability, not just hand to mouth.”
In a 2-minute video shared with ACI Africa ahead of the September 7 launch, Sr. Olga Massango says, “The book provides an overview of leadership and Church management theory and presents specific management skills to complement already acquired theological knowledge, pastoral abilities, and specialized competencies to all pastoral agents.”
Sr. Olga Massango, member of the Daughters of St. Paul (FSP).
The member of the Daughters of St. Paul (FSP) adds in reference to the newly edited book, “It is offered as one means to assist managers within the Church to fulfil their stewardship responsibilities with competence and accountability.”
Some of the topics addressed in the book that Fr. Lusabe edited in collaboration with TUC’s Centre for Leadership and Management include servant leadership, fundamentals of management, time management, communication, accessing parishioners’ satisfaction, evaluating performance, the human resource, legal principles and pastoral issues, among others.
The guest speaker during the launch, Sr. Agnes Njeri, said the newly edited book is “a good way to empower our Priests in what they do.”