End of Year Giving

The end of the year is fast approaching, so I wanted to share a few thoughts on end of year giving to make it simple and easy for your parishioners.

Pass the Rolls

On the Wednesday before Thanksgiving my former pastor always gave the same homily. Sometimes he incorporated his advice into that Sunday’s message as well. But it ended with “Pass the Rolls.”

Some Ideas for Advent

The end of the Church year is rapidly approaching and that means Advent is almost here! As you prepare for the season of anticipation, how about trying a few of these fellowship ideas.

Dig a Little Deeper

Every month I gather with a few members of our team and walk through some elements of Conversation and Emotional Intelligence. We take an hour to reflect on what’s worked well this past month and learn about a new area where we can grow as a team. In the previous twelve months these monthly sessions have fundamentally changed the way this team relates to one another and other teams in the company.

Stewardship: Time and Talent

One of the most common responses to our survey question “What would allow you to volunteer more at the parish” is a write-in: “If someone called me back.” UGH, doesn’t that just hit you right in the middle of the chest. Sometimes people don’t get a call or email back to signing up because they’ve written illegibly and although we tried, we didn’t succeed. Sometimes they never responded to our emails or voicemails – communication is a two-way street.

Your Parish Mission

A few days ago a co-worker sent me a link to a podcast where the guest mentioned a book he’d written about “Catholics after Covid” so I did some internet sleuthing and ended up reading an eBook. Isn’t that how time on the internet always goes?

Try Something New

One of the most common comments on surveys when asked about “Adult Education Topics” is “Basics of the Faith.” I’ve written about this recently, you might remember. Then I saw this new initiative that launched right after Labor Dat called “Real + True.” It’s an effort to take the Catechism and make it come alive, to showcase it’s relevancy.

Restful Spirituality

dozens of boxes, shelved hundreds of books, hung way too many picture frames, and put together a lot of furniture. Then I ran a virtual three-day conference followed by a week in Indiana meeting with parishes. That was all just the first three weeks of June!

4 Question Feedback

Will you take just five minutes to answer four questions about Transform Your Parish?

A Six Week Option

thought about my reply to that question and issue (not a unique one) I came up with the following idea: Six Week’s on the Eucharist (or fill in the topic of your choice).