Amen to everything you said.
For a while my Eastern Catholic parish had a truly wonderful temporary pastor. One of the best priests I have ever met. He came from an evangelical Protestant tradition. Truly awesome. He was placed there to help “heal” the parish and his presence had immediate effect. Once things had calmed down, he planned to send a personal letter to every resident in the parish’s well-defined immediate neighborhood of 780 homes asking them to visit our parish.
My part was to go to the local library and using a guide (I forget its name), create a mailing list by address and homeowner which I did. He was going to follow the mailing by knocking on each door over a series of weeks. It was amazing to watch how he thought and how he worked. Where I really wanted to gain some experience was going on some home visits with him – his personality was just amazing.
Just before the first mailing of 100 letters, he was called back to the diocese for a rather serious assignment. Sadly the project fell apart. His replacement simply didn’t have the qualities to make it work. I’m certain he would have at least doubled the size of the very small parish. How I wish he would have been able to complete this project!