Based in Milwaukee and affiliated with the United States Catholic Conference, the Parish Evaluation Project, is an experienced consulting organization, serving Catholic parishes and organizations nationally. They offer a wide variety of consulting services and are best known for the Parish Assessment and Renewal Process (PAR), a seventeen day on-site inventory and assessment of all aspects of parish life leading to a strategic plan, including a six-month follow-up evaluation weekend. The PEP Pastoral Consultants also offer on-site consultation with parish staffs to help them in their ministry, including skills for collaboration, conflict management, goal-setting and leadership. Catholic churches seeking consulting services for planning, conflict management, or leadership, will want to consider this firm. Thomas P. Sweetser, SJ is the founder and director of the Parish Evaluation Project. He has published numerous articles and books for parish leaders, and he has 40 years experience with PEP. He works with Kim Schaefer, a former parish Director of Faith Formation, in Rockford, Illinois.
Reviewed by Wendy McCormick