There are general rules about pastoral councils, but each council reflects the culture of the parish, and so each is unique.
- Multicultural councils. Immigrant parishioners should form one council, not many.
- Navajo councils. Pastoral Advisory Circles in Navajoland are unique.
- Councils in Alaska. Alaskan councils reflect parish culture, and so should yours.
- Pastoral Planning. A Mexican-American parish found that planning means many things.