Lay Ministers: Learn to “Rebuild Your Parish”

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The dynamic speaker series, In the Heart of the Church, kicks off it 2016-17 schedule on Thursday, November 10. The goal of the series is to inspire and support lay ministry students and lay ministers working throughout the Archdiocese of Detroit. In the Heart of the Church features presentations by renowned Catholic leaders who are experts in evangelization.

Fr. Michael White and Mr. Tom Corcoran, co-authors of two books on parish renewal, are the featured speakers at the November event.

Father Michael is pastor of the Church of the Nativity in Timonium, Maryland, and Mr. Corcoran is in charge of the parish’s strategic planning as associate to the pastor. They will share insights from their first book, Rebuilt: Awakening the Faithful, Reaching the Lost, and Making Church Matter.

Rebuilt tells the story of how the Church of the Nativity was “brought back to life” when the two leaders combined modern-day communication techniques with traditional Catholic spirituality and the basic Gospel message. Mass attendance at the parish tripled, participation in various parish ministries exploded, and stewardship initiatives flourished.

Father Michael and Mr. Corcoran also will be presenting tips from Tools for Rebuilding: 75 Really, Really Practical Ways to Make Your Parish Better, their latest publishing collaboration. Tools for Rebuilding lays out practical tactics that parish leaders can easily apply to rejuvenate the faith lives of parishioners and “make church matter to people in the pews.” (Both books have sold over 100,000 copies jointly.)

Why not re-energize your zeal for ministry by attending this latest installment of In the Heart of the Church? Consider it like a super-charged—and inexpensive—half-day retreat. Gather together your parish leadership team and come along as a group.

The November event begins at Noon, ends at 3:00 PM, is free of charge, and even includes a lunch. Space is limited, so register as early as you are able. To register, visit shms.edu/ministry. In the Heart of the Church is co-sponsored by Sacred Heart Major Seminary, the Archdiocese of Detroit, and the Catholic Services Appeal.

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