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Leadership

19
Apr
2016
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The 4 Kinds of Leadership Every Parish Needs

Parishes cannot accomplish great things without great leadership. But a truly great parish also requires different kinds of leadership in order to grow into its full potential. I believe there are four key leadership needs for every parish: visionary leadership, team leadership, pastoral leadership, and managerial leadership. The vast majority of people do not possess a high level of gifting in more than one or two of these areas of leadership, and so it is critical that the full weight of...
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18
Dec
2015
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The Parish as School of Evangelization

In my last post, I talked about re-envisioning the role of the parish today and concluded that directing our energies to making the parish a house of prayer and school of evangelization is the best way to take advantage of the present historical and cultural context we find ourselves in. In this follow-up, I want to take a closer look at the parish as a school of evangelization that focuses on training her members to evangelize outside of parish walls....
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5
Dec
2015
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What Is a Parish?

Though the parochial system has been a mainstay of Catholic culture for centuries, it remains but an optional approach to governance in the Church. That is to say, there is nothing doctrinal or dogmatic about the role of a parish, and so it is a legitimate question to ask in any age, “What is the purpose of a parish today?” One way to answer that question is to echo the words of Pope Paul VI and say that, just as...
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28
Aug
2015
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What I’m Reading: Rebuilding Youth Ministry

The latest installment from the “Rebuilt” line of books from the folks at the Church of the Nativity is out. Christopher Wesley gives us a peek behind the curtain of Nativity’s youth ministry program in Rebuilding Youth Ministry. Here are some of the things I’ll be taking away from this book. FOCUS ON AUTHENTIC RELATIONSHIPS A few years ago, my wife and I (who co-lead the youth ministry program at our parish) were considering making some changes within our program....
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24
Jan
2015
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What I’m Reading: Blink

As a way of taking time to process what I’ve read and consider practical applications, I’ve decided to write a blog post whenever I’ve finished reading a new book.  What I’m Reading posts will not so much serve as reviews, but will take a look at these works through the lenses and focal points of this blog: evangelization and leadership in a Catholic context. The inspiration for this new What I’m Reading approach comes as a result of finishing Malcolm...
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9
Jan
2015
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What Is a (Mature) Disciple?

“Unless we are making disciples, we are not really evangelizing.” This poignant statement was made in a pastoral letter on evangelization recently issued by Bishope Paul Loverde in the Arlington Diocese where I live.  It effectively cuts right to the heart of the matter – the goal of evangelization is to make disciples.  If we want to learn how to evangelize, we need to learn how to make disciples.  And for that to happen, we need to answer the question:...
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27
Dec
2014
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Ending the Catholic Love Affair with Suffering

Let me start off by acknowledging that there is a legitimate theology of suffering.  There is a place for taking up one’s cross in the Christian life.  There are times when, like a good soldier, we need to accept our share of hardship for the sake of the Gospel.  The Bible couldn’t be clearer about this. And yet, as one preacher put it, “In the church there is an admiration for pain and suffering that goes far beyond what the...
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4
Oct
2014
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God’s Tithe to Ministry Workers

Everyone who works in ministry can relate to that feeling of, “Is this doing any good?” There has always been a certain measure of this in my ministry, but as my wife and I have embraced praying with people more regularly, that feeling has been amplified. After all, we are praying boldly and asking God to do big things. Oftentimes He does right then and there, especially in the area of spiritual healing. But more often we receive a polite...
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27
Jul
2014
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The Importance of Process

In my last post I discussed the “religious” mindset that frequently invades churches, and particularly Catholic cultures. One of the dangers in trying to name this mindset is the possibility that I will be misunderstood as implying that doctrine needs to change, or that moral issues should be treated relatively. I am in full agreement with the doctrine – moral and otherwise – of the Catholic Church. But this is what perplexes me: if we possess the “fullness of truth,”...
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3
May
2014
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In Preaching, Truth Is Not Enough

One of my favorite sources of inspiration is the Fresh Life Church sermon podcast. In addition to the great content itself, Pastor Levi Lusko provides a great example of what the heart of a pastor should look like in his preaching. One particular example comes to mind. Pastor Levi recently introduced a series on the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit’s role in the life of the Church and of the believer. Very early in his first sermon on this...
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