The Center for Parish Leadership is dedicated to supporting parish leaders in the complex task of leading today’s Catholic parishes. We are a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization that was founded more than ten years ago in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Our experienced staff provides a broad array of best practice information, formation, consulting and spiritual growth opportunities that enable parish leaders to effectively exercise their role in today’s parish environment.

Please contact us to explore how CPL can support your parish leaders.

Our Vision

The Center for Parish Leadership seeks to be a prominent resource for church leaders committed to discovering the practical workings of their faith community, enabling them to effectively collaborate with parishioners, volunteers, ordained clergy and one another to share their gifts in Christ’s mission to build the kingdom on earth.

We provide a broad array of information presented in a holistic manner integrating the teachings of our Catholic faith with applicable best practices from many fields to help form and inform parish leaders. This includes leadership formation and training, consulting, collaboration and opportunities to grow in faith. 

Our Beliefs

We consider parish leadership to include volunteer lay leaders in ministry and governance, paid lay staff members and ordained clergy all of whom have an equally important role in creating a vibrant and engaged parish. 

  • We adhere to the teachings of the Catholic Church.
  • We seek to give glory and honor to God through our work and lives.
  • We seek to serve humbly as Jesus Christ served treating people with the dignity each person has been given by virtue of being created in the image and likeness of God.

Our Board

Shari Steffen, Chairperson; Trustee at Pax Christi Catholic Church
Mary Woida, Treasurer
Jerry Roth, Research Analyst; Board Secretary
Fr. Tim Wozniak, Pastor at St. Thomas Beckett Catholic Church
Craig Johnson
, Trustee at Guardian Angels Catholic Church
Veronica Whelan, Youth Minister at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church
Heidi Busse, Executive Director

Fr. Tim PowerIn Memory of Fr. Tim Power (1939-2016), Our Founding Board Member

For his many years of faith-filled ministry to all parish leaders through the programs and services of the Center for Parish Leadership