"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.
|Publisher:||Ave Maria Press|
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About 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.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Convenient Parking 1
Part I Naming the Problem 13
1 Church Is Not Easy 15
2 Pharisees at Heart 25
Part II Finding a Way Forward 35
3 Lost People in Churchworld 37
4 War in Heaven 49
5 Pretty Churches and Other Lies 67
Part III Developing the Strategy 85
6 "Its the Weekend, Stupid!" 87
7 Mobilize the Next Generation 115
8 Make the Message Matter 129
9 Build from Below 151
10 Don't Rob God 171
11 Get the Parish Out of the Pews 189
12 Be Restorers 205
13 Fall in Love 223
14 Lead Where You Serve 241
15 You Can Do This! 255
Appendix A A Detailed Example of Changing Our Culture 263
Appendix B A Few of the (Many) Things We Still Don't Know 269
Appendix C Naming the Change: Mission, Vision, and Strategy 275