Parish Book Club on the Mass

This parish book club is an example of what can happen when everyone at the parish is on the same page. A focus on a particular topic for all formation from children to teens to adults can transform your parish culture!

Book Review: Made for Mission

I read a lot of books, some are okay, but some are fantastic! Made for Mission was fantastic!! I’ve been sharing with you for a few months … but in case you need one more push to get you and your staff a copy, here it is!

On Being Wounded

We weren’t created for brokenness, but we all live it every day. We are a wounded people living in a broken world. Too many times we gloss over this in ministry at our parishes or want people to deal with it before they arrive … but our parishes can be a place of hope and healing.

Definition: Maintenance Mode

Continuing to read through “Made for Mission” I came across a deeper definition of what “Maintenance Mode” is and how it might be showing up at your parish. Let’s dig in!

On Prayer: John of the Cross

The saints are my primary authority on prayer and finding ways ordinary people grow in holiness. Everyone wants their ministry to be more effective, more successful, and even easier. Sometimes easier isn’t actually better … but I know one thing that can make your ministry better … if only you prioritize the time for it!

Great Catholic Reads: Marketing God

I read a lot of books – and some of them are good enough to share! This one definitely was so I got permission to give you all a full chapter for free!! Donna’s an expert communicator and marketer, her advice is not to be missed!

Great Catholic Reads: The Art of Forming Young Disciples

A few weeks ago as I was walking to my car after Mass I overheard a teen talking to someone about our youth group. She said she’s gone a few times, but she’s not friends with the other teens nor did she feel like she learned anything useful while she was there. So she hasn’t been back. It got me thinking about this book I just finished about youth ministry and what we can do to revolutionize our approach.

Great Reads: Great Catholic Parishes

If you’ve met me in person you know I’m never without a book (or 2 or 3). I think reading is the best way to live someone else’s story and experience a new adventure. In 2018 I read over 200 books and learned so many new and interesting things. This year I’m going to read a “Catholic Church Book” every month or so and share the wisdom I glean here with you … so you can either ‘get everything you need from my post and save yourself a few hours of reading’ or ‘get excited about reading it on your own.’ By “Catholic Church Book” I mean, a book that is designed to help parishes grow and thrive! I’ve got a whole bookshelf, but if you have a favorite you think I should read, let me know! I’m always in the market for a new book!

Resolutions in 2019

It’s time to think about 2019 and what goals we’ll set for our parishes! Have you prepared for next year yet? Are you planning for transformation at your parish? Are you stuck in a rut and need a way out? Let’s talk about goals!!