PLC Structure

    At the Catholic Community of St. Odilia, we have a servant leadership format for parish organizations, consisting of nine Ministry Area Councils (MACs) and the Parish Leadership Council (PLC). 

    Approximately ninety parishioners serve on the councils at any given time, and each year there are about thirty open positions.  The PLC provides leadership and vision for the parish, and serves as the architect and steward of the parish mission statement.  Members work closely with the staff and councils to develop, implement and achieve the Parish Mission. The MACs are responsible for defining and supporting the vision of the ministries within their area. They recommend operating practices and guidelines for facilitating the implementation and evaluation of ministry activities.

    All the councils meet the third Tuesday evening of each month, beginning with prayer and a soup supper. The Ministry Area Councils meet separately to discuss issues related to their ministry area. Following those meetings, the Parish Leadership Council meets.



    The parish leadership structure is based on a strong lay-leadership component that recognizes the gifts parishioners bring to our community.  At the heart of the structure is collaboration. This process is supported by the design and intentionality of the monthly meeting format that incorporates both prayer and the sharing of a simple meal prior to the council meetings.

    • Consensus decision-making is supported by participation in open and respectful dialogue at all levels of leadership. The nine MACs and the  PLC work in partnership with staff to develop the vision, policies, and programming that support the parish mission.

    • The PLC is the leadership group that coordinates and reviews the activities of the MACs and is responsible for policies and procedures of a parish-wide scope.

    • Another important part of the structure is the annual calling forth of new leaders to serve on the councils. The intent is to encourage and welcome new participation through a process of nomination, discernment, and information sessions. Spiritual discernment requires quiet personal reflection and prayer. This process takes place every spring. Information is published in the Sunday bulletin and The Messenger Newsletter. 


    Worship & Community Life
    Hispanic Leadership Circle
    • Membership: There are nine members on each Ministry Area Council.  One staff representative is on each council.

    • Term: 3 years (follows fiscal calendar July 1 - June 30).

    • Time Commitment: 3-6 hours per month.

    • Responsibilities: Members serve as guiding body of a ministry area, establishing policies for ministry area in support of the parish mission statement and providing support/resources for ministry area staff.

    • Ministry Area Council Member Volunteer Position Description


    Trustees are an integral part of our leadership structure and are appointed by the Archbishop, who receives nominations from the Pastor. Trustees serve as members of the Corporate Board in the roles of Secretary and Treasurer.

    They are standing members of the Parish Leadership Council (PLC) for their term as trustees. On the PLC they also serve as members of the Executive committee along with the pastor, administrator and the three at-large members.