Rebuilt: Awakening the Faithful, Reaching the Lost, and Making Church Matter

Rebuilt: Awakening the Faithful, Reaching the Lost, and Making Church Matter

by Michael J. White, Thomas W. Corcoran
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Rebuilt: Awakening the Faithful, Reaching the Lost, and Making Church Matter by Michael J. White, Thomas W. Corcoran

"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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594713866
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
Publication date: 02/25/2013
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 152,325
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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

Foreword xiii

Preface xv

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

Notes 281

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Rebuilt: Awakening the Faithful, Reaching the Lost, and Making Church Matter 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fabulous. Every committed member of any religious community will find this instructive and inspirational.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rebuilt is not just inspiring (as any book about living in faith ought to be)'s helpful and practical. The book touches the reader personally and intellectually. A great read and resource!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
KevinPL More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy to read and great book for Catholics.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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