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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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Overview

"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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594713866
  • Publisher: Ave Maria Press
  • Publication date: 2/25/2013
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 44,933
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael White received his bachelor's degree from Loyola University Maryland and his graduate degrees in sacred theology and ecclesiology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. After being ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, he worked for five years as personal secretary to William Cardinal Keeler, who was then archbishop. During that time, he served as the director of the papal visit of Pope John Paul II to Baltimore.

During his tenure as pastor at Church of the Nativity, the church has almost tripled in weekend attendance from 1,400 to over 4,000. More importantly, the commitment to the mission of the Church has grown, evidenced by the significant increase of giving and service in ministry.

Thomas Corcoran received his bachelor's degree from Loyola University Maryland and completed his graduate work in theology with Franciscan University of Steubenville. Corcoran has served Church of the Nativity in a variety of roles that give him a unique perspective on parish ministry and leadership. Beginning as a youth minister, Corcoran later held positions as coordinator of children's ministry and director of small groups. He currently serves in the position of associate to the pastor and is responsible for weekend message development, strategic planning, and staff development.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2014

    Important

    Fabulous. Every committed member of any religious community will find
    this instructive and inspirational.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2014

    This book makes a mockery of the Mass and what the Catholic chur

    This book makes a mockery of the Mass and what the Catholic church represents.  It is pandering a slap in the face to the Chruch I love.  I don't think  we have to become a protestant "mega church" to gain faithful

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2014

    Contemporary Catholic parish life is a great subject. The autho

    Contemporary Catholic parish life is a great subject. The authors provided numerous insights into what works and what does not work in a struggling parish; most of their recommendations were learned the hard way through their admitted mistakes. There are hilarious anecdotes about incompetent staff and difficult parishioners that make the reader laugh out loud. This pastor is admirable for seeking positive change to rescue his failing parish.

    While this book is worth reading I have two major concerns as well:

    First, the authors had a target of a composite of an individual who they wanted to be part of their parish -- whom the authors referred to as Timonium Tim. This composite Tim was an unchurched married male with children living a rather affluent suburban life, but who had little time and/or interest in participating in worship. By specifically inviting Tim into the church, the pastor hoped that Tim would bring a group of family members and friends due to his influence in the community. This target seemed full of prejudices, unintentional, yet perplexing in its limitation. Also, there appeared to be no overt attempt made to enrich faithful parishioners, even difficult ones, who attended Mass and other events regularly in this parish.

    Second, why was there so much reliance on the modeling of parish life given by a protestant minister who does not recognize the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, nor the apostolic succession handed to Peter by Christ? Were there no successful models of vibrant Catholic parishes to use as examples?

    This book is recommended due to discussion and organization of subject matter, but I am not convinced that it addresses contemporary Catholic worship outside of the authors' specific parish.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2013

    insightful

    Our bishop talked about this book in a homily, so i went out and bought the book for myself. It is a beautiful example of what our lives should be about. The stories are funny, heart-warming and at times difficult to imagine, but most moving in a most blessed way. A great book for us all, especially those with a deep desire to be open to God's movement in our lives.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    This is an excellent book for all in parish ministry from Pastor

    This is an excellent book for all in parish ministry from Pastor to Parishioner! All parishes should read this great book. There is not one parish in our world that could not something from this inspiring book. I found it very helpful and insightful to read. I thank by friend that I visiste this summer for recommended this to me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2013

    Rebuilt is not just inspiring (as any book about living in faith

    Rebuilt is not just inspiring (as any book about living in faith ought to be)...it's helpful and practical. The book touches the reader personally and intellectually. A great read and resource!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2013

    Awesome Book! This book is a MUST read for any struggling paris

    Awesome Book! This book is a MUST read for any struggling parish or any parish who wants to take the new evangelism movement seriously. Michael and Tom lead you through their heartfelt journey in rebuilding their own parish during an economical time of uncertainty and in a time when Catholic Church attendance is in decline. They share their successes as well as their failures. As a parishioner, this book reminds us of our mission in life. It reminds us why we are called to be disciples and outlines how we can be better disciples.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2013

    This book wasa page turner! I was absorbed in it and could not p

    This book wasa page turner! I was absorbed in it and could not put it down. This is bold, refreshing and practical. I loved the "You Can Do This" sections. It stopped me from thinking just the opposite.The book is powerfully honest and put the emphasis in our Catholic Churches back where it belongs! Jesus Christ  and his saving mission. This is a must read if you are interested in the New Evangelization! We have a lot of work to do but now I have hope there is a way!

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  • Posted February 20, 2013

    While I¿m not the target audience, it was very helpful to me to

    While I’m not the target audience, it was very helpful to me to better understand the vision, the direction of the movement, and what’s expected of me as I (try to) grow in my discipleship.  It was inspiring and heartwarming and enlightening and funny and I couldn't put it down. 

    Congratulate to the authors on their honesty and humility.  And the research alone for all of those quotes and references must have taken an incredible amount of time!  But well worth it; I’m sure they will continue to face some backlash from naysayers, and showing how grounded their vision is in our Catholic church can only help.

    The additional online resources are also top notch, and really add to the experience and lessons they lay out.  Well done!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2013

    This church and book are tremendous! Father Michael White and A

    This church and book are tremendous! Father Michael White and Associate Pastor Tom Corcoran have transformed their parish church into a thriving environment with contemporary music, engaging children's and student programs and relevant messages. Their willingness to change how they had been "doing church" to focus on Catholics who are the pews, as well as those who no longer attend church, has resulted in a profound turnaround in their parish. They have seen huge increases in attendance, giving and parishioner involvement, despite the lack of growth in their community.

    Every parish (and even non-Catholic churches) can learn from their inspiring, honest and heartfelt story!

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