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Rebuilt is a story of stopping everything and changing focus. When their parish reached a breaking point, Fr. Michael White and lay associate Tom Corcoran asked themselves how they could make the Church matter to Catholics, and they realized the answer was at the heart of the Gospel. Their faithful response not only tripled their weekend mass attendance, but also yielded increased giving, flourishing ministries, and a vibrant, solidly Catholic spiritual revival.
White and Corcoran invite all Catholic leaders to share the vision, borrow their strategies, and rebuild their own parishes. They offer a wealth of guidance for anyone with the courage to hear them.
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By Kevin S. on 02-06-18
Don't Do What's Suggested Unless You Will OWN IT.
My interpretation of this book is that this pastor and youth minister took their new positions unwilling to just continue to do what was always done which wasn't working. They were willing to say basically, "I don't know. I'm open to new ideas." A Catholic priest attended an evangelical pastors' conference on church growth. As things rolled forward they found that the only changes that worked were the ones that they OWNED and weren't just performing.
This book applies to all Christian churches/communities, not just the Catholic Church in which it is lived. Many might say, "I'm not Catholic, I'm [fill in the blank]." If you are in a leadership [or are willing to be] in any faith community, there is a treasure trove of ideas and perspective worth considering.
Even mentioned was the value of integrating Dave Ramsey's [an evangelical Christian] Financial Peace University [FPU] into the congregation to help people gain financial stability which ultimately led improved quality of life and to increased giving. I'm Catholic and facilitate FPU workshops at my church. That reference struck a chord with me.
Bottom line, don't be so short-sighted, dare I say judgemental, as they are 'too liberal', 'too conservative' or even 'I'm in a Christian church not Catholic.' Don't fall into the error of thinking 'I believe in God and he thinks just like me!' Let those attitudes go [I had to too] and look for the opportunities to have more positive impact on your community and world in 'sharing the gospel.'
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