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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14
Feb
2016
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Against the Charge of Evangelical “Emotionalism”

I am not an artist, but I have the good fortune of being married to one. Over the years, my graphic designer wife has shown me enough tips and techniques for me to try my hand at creating a flyer or postcard from time to time, then I pass my rough draft along to her to give it that professional finishing touch. On one particular occasion, my wife asked if I made the deliberate choice to use a black-and-white background...
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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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25
Jul
2015
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AUDIO: On “A Father Who Keeps His Promises”

I had the pleasure of presenting some reflections based on Scott Hahn’s A Father Who Keeps His Promises at a parish gathering recently. You can hear recordings of these reflections below. Some of the themes covered: How the fear of God and intimacy with God are complementary, not contradictory. Why covenant is more than a contract. Why Jesus is the key for understanding the “hard parts” of the Old Testament. What it means for God to call us “sons” rather...
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25
Jul
2015
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Lifecycle of a Revolutionary Idea

Many readers will be familiar with the technology adoption lifecycle that describes the standard pattern of acceptance of a new, innovative technology among the general public.  The general population can be broken up roughly into five categories. First, there are the Innovators, the originators of technological breakthrough. These make up about 2.5% of the population. Second, there are the Early Adopters, those who are the first to make the jump in implementing this new technology. These make up about 12.5%...
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18
Jul
2015
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What People Care About

There is a maxim of evangelization that I have often heard and used over the years that goes, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” The saying is helpful as far as it goes, as it points would-be evangelizers to the necessity of building a relationship of trust with others through kindness and love before bombarding them with information. But there’s still a bit of a false premise hidden in the statement –...
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