Pastoral means that the council helps the pastor do his job by investigating, considering, and offering him its conclusions.
- Planning. Councils do pastoral planning by studying problems and recommending solutions.
- Types. Some think there ought to be three types of parish councils: pastoral, finance, and coordinating.
- Volunteers. Councils may coordinate parish volunteers, but that is not their primary responsibility.
- Technical Planning. Councils do pastoral planning, but that does not not require much technical expertise.