Great Catholic Parishes: A Living Mosiac

Great Catholic Parishes: A Living Mosiac

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ISBN-13: 9781594714177
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
Publication date: 10/10/2016
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 600,610
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author


William E. Simon Jr. is founder and chairman of Parish Catalyst. He is the author, with Michael Novak, of Living the Call: An Introduction to the Lay Vocation. Simon serves as co-chairman of the investment firm William E. Simon & Sons and the WIlliam E. Simon Foundation, as well as adjunct professor in UCLA's law school and economics department.

Early in his career, Simon was an assistant US attorney in the Southern District of New York and later was the 2002 Republican gubernatorial nominee in California. For many years, he and his wife, Cindy, have helped those in need by underwriting scholarships, athletic and recreational programs, and faith-based efforts in urban areas. The Simons have four children and make their home in Los Angeles.

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan is archbishop of New York.

Table of Contents

Foreword Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan xi

Preface xiii

Introduction: Why the Parish? Why These Parishes? 1

Parish Catalyst 2

The American Catholic Parish 7

Great Cause for Hope 13

Part I Great Parishes Share Leadership 15

1 The Not-So-Lone Ranger 17

Leading as Francis Does 18

Collaborators, Delegators, Consumers 19

Listening to Lay Voices 24

Guarding the Pastor's Time and Well-Being 29

Crucial Takeaways 32

2 Challenges of Shared Leadership 33

Maintaining Staff Harmony 35

Discerning Lay Potential 36

Hiring and Paying Lay Professionals 39

Developing Lay Leadership 42

Navigating Pastor Transitions 46

Transition Difficulties 50

Confronting the Priest Shortage 52

Challenges Recapped 54

Part II Great Parishes Foster Spiritual Maturity and Plan for Discipleship 55

3 Yearning for More 57

Something's Happening Here 58

Planning for Discipleship 59

Use What's Out There 64

Religious Ed Reworked 68

The Power of Belonging 69

The Power of Prayer 75

Crucial Takeaways 78

4 Challenges to Engagement, Spiritual Maturity, and Discipleship 79

Sleepwalking through Faith 80

Recognizing an Undervalued Asset 83

Reaching the Fence-Sitters 87

Knitting a Parish Together 89

Challenges Recapped 95

Part III Great Parishes Excel on Sundays 97

5 A Vibrant Sunday Experience 99

Basic Bread and Butter 100

Orchestrating the Welcome 101

Hospitality Begins Online and in the Architecture 106

A Pastor's Presence 112

Preaching Takes a Lot of Time 113

More than Sound and Words 119

Crucial Takeaways 123

6 Challenges to Excellent Sundays 125

A Culture of Busyness 126

The Statistics of Secularity 127

Resistance to Needed Change 129

Tech Troubles 131

Challenges Recapped 135

Part IV Great Parishes Evangelize 137

7 Entering the Mission Field 139

From Mirrors to Windows, Maintenance to Mission 140

New Vision, New Structures 143

Opening Doors 146

The Francis Effect 149

Crucial Takeaways 151

8 Challenges to Evangelization 153

Reluctance to Evangelize 153

Attrition 156

Reaching Millennial 159

Tech and the Gospel 171

Challenges Recapped 174

Epilogue 175

Appendixes 179

Appendix A Descriptive Statistics 181

Appendix B Strengths, Opportunities, and Challenges 187

Notes 189

Bibliography 199

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