Rebuilt: Awakening the Faithful, Reaching the Lost, and Making Church Matter

Rebuilt: Awakening the Faithful, Reaching the Lost, and Making Church Matter

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by Michael J. White, Thomas W. Corcoran
     
 

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"Our parish wasn't working," said the leaders of a Catholic church in Maryland "We didn't know how to fix it. We can learn from churches that are getting it right." Drawing on the wisdom gleaned from thriving mega-churches and innovative business leaders while anchoring their vision in the Eucharistic center of Catholic faith, Fr. Michael White

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"Our parish wasn't working," said the leaders of a Catholic church in Maryland "We didn't know how to fix it. We can learn from churches that are getting it right." Drawing on the wisdom gleaned from thriving mega-churches and innovative business leaders while anchoring their vision in the Eucharistic center of Catholic faith, Fr. Michael White and lay associate Tom Corcoran present the compelling and inspiring story to how they brought their parish back to life.

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan ends the preface to this guide to congregational resurrection by declaring, "If you love your parish, read this book!" Readers must be open-minded as White, a pastor, and Corcoran, his lay associate, explain how they revitalized their suburban parish of "demanding consumers" -- "convenient parking" was the top reason parishioners chose the church -- into a vibrant community of disciples. Essentially a how-to manual, it is easy to read, filled with stories, lists and action items directed at priests, lay ministers, and concerned parishioners. But the authors also admit that they lost many parishioners along the way, and they are unapologetic about angering those opposed to change. They also don't concern themselves with major disagreements within the church, but focus on issues of parish culture. They borrow extensively from evangelical culture, especially megachurch pastors Rick Warren and Bill Hybels. In their efforts to reach the lost, the authors remain humble, wondering in the end if they still cross the line into pandering to consumers. Their model may not appeal to all, but they offer a starting point to address the critical issue of Catholics leaving the church.
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Having successfully revived a moribund Roman Catholic parish, the Church of the Nativity in Lutherville-Timonium, Maryland, Pastor White and pastoral associate Corcoran describe, with much humor and many practical tips, their successes and failures as they stumbled through the process. Using as a model a Protestant megachurch, White and his staff examined what was working and what they needed to improve, and took bold steps to get their parishioners to be not just consumers but active ministers to each other and missionaries to others, all the while remaining faithful to the Catholic tradition. If ideas seemed to work well for other communities, they tried them, no matter the source. In doing so, the staff created a vibrant parish with actively participating parishioners. The authors frequently refer to their fairly comprehensive website associated with this book. VERDICT With its combination of scriptural quotations, reminiscences, descriptions of specific steps taken, and honest evaluations of what worked and what did not, this volume could serve as a guide to the revival of any community or organization, not just a Catholic parish. With a foreword by Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan of New York.—Augustine J. Curley, Newark Abbey, NJ

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ISBN-13:
9781594713866
Publisher:
Ave Maria Press
Publication date:
02/25/2013
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
138,633
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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