The Pew Research Center recently reported that 26 percent of Catholics are giving less because of the sex abuse crisis and reports of misconduct against priests and bishops. That makes the already difficult task of raising money for churches and bishop’s appeals much more challenging.
Rev. Michael White and Tom Corcoran—award-winning authors of the Rebuilt Parish series—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, White and Corcoran will help you 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.
The two share their 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 share the lessons, facts, habits, and great ideas they’ve implemented from some of the most successful and vibrant churches in the United States. ChurchMoney offers a 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.
About the Author
Fr. Michael White is a priest of the Archdiocese of Baltimore and pastor of Church of the Nativity in Timonium, Maryland. White is the coauthor of Rebuilt—which narrates the story of Nativity’s rebirth—Tools for Rebuilding, Rebuilding Your Message, The Rebuilt Field Guide, and ChurchMoney. He is also coauthor of the bestselling Messages series for Advent and Lent.
During White’s tenure as pastor at Church of the Nativity, the church has almost tripled in weekend attendance. More importantly, commitment to the mission of the Church has grown, demonstrated by the significant increase of giving and service in ministry, and much evidence of genuine spiritual renewal.
White earned his bachelor’s degree from Loyola University Maryland and his graduate degrees in sacred theology and ecclesiology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.
Tom Corcoran has served Church of the Nativity in Timonium, Maryland, in a variety of roles that give him a unique perspective on parish ministry and leadership. First hired as a youth minister, Corcoran has also served as coordinator of children’s ministry and director of small groups. He is lay associate to the pastor and is responsible for weekend message development, strategic planning, and staff development.
Corcoran is the coauthor of Rebuilt—which narrates the story of Nativity’s rebirth—Tools for Rebuilding, Rebuilding Your Message, The Rebuilt Field Guide, and ChurchMoney. He is also coauthor of the bestselling Messages series for Advent and Lent.
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