Money is always a touchy subject in Catholic churches: Pastors don’t want to ask for it and parishioners don’t want to hear about it. But it takes money to run a thriving parish.
In ChurchMoney, Michael White and Tom Corcoran—award-winning authors of the Rebuilt Parish series—share stories of success and failure. They tell us what they learned to meet the real financial challenges of their mission. They offer the practical wisdom and inspiration you need to tackle the thorny matter of raising money in your Catholic parish.
White and Corcoran know from twenty years leading Church of the Nativity in Timonium, Maryland, that it’s no fun working in a parish struggling to pay the bills. Without money, you can’t hire staff to provide the programs you want to offer. You constantly have to beg parishioners to give. You grow frustrated and angry when they fail to respond.
Does this sound familiar?
In ChurchMoney: Rebuilding the Way We Fund Our Mission you will learn the basic skills you need to discover that true success in raising funds comes from the incredibly freeing approach that connects giving to discipleship.
White and Corcoran share lessons learned, facts discovered, habits formed, and great ideas they’ve implemented from some of the most successful and vibrant churches in the United States. ChurchMoney offers a field-tested and proven plan for raising money in parishes. It’s readily adaptable, firmly rooted in the reality of leading a Catholic parish, based on the Bible, and finessed with the best advice of communication professionals.
You will read stories of embarrassing failure and exhilarating success in tripling a budget and running three extraordinarily successful capital campaigns over a ten-year period including their most recent campaign leading to the construction of $16 million sanctuary built debt free. They have increased staff fourfold and significantly raised salaries and increased staff benefits while expanding mission outreach both locally and internationally.
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Table of Contents
Part I Money and Our Parish
1 When It Came to Money, We Were a Mess 3
2 Christ Is King, but Cash Is Crucial: 5 Facts We've Discovered 13
3 Losing Our Why I Losing Our Way: 5 Insights We've Gained 29
Part II The Bible, Money, and Our Parish
4 Jesus on Money: 6 Lessons We've Learned 41
5 God's Guide for Giving: 5 Rules We Try to Live By 61
6 Giving and Church Growth: 10 Principles We've Adopted 75
Part III Asking for Money in Our Parish
7 Raising Givers: 9 Steps We Take 95
8 Engaging High-Capacity Givers: 9 Great Ideas We Stole 113
9 What We Learned from Our Capital Campaign: 14 Recommendations We Endorse 133
Conclusion: It's Not about the Money 161
Appendix A Money in the New Testament: 77 Passages You Should Know 165
Appendix B Getting Started: 6 People Who Can Help 175
Appendix C Preaching It: 3 Homilies You Can Make Your Own 179
Appendix D Stewardship Sunday: 5 Tips You Can Use 197
Appendix E How We Do It: 3 Video Resources You Can Watch 201
References and Resources 203
Rebuilt Resources 205