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Tools for Rebuilding: 75 Really, Really Practical Ways to Make Your Parish Better Paperback – November 25, 2013
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"Wow! This is a powerful and immensely readable field guide for everyone who wants to transform their church. Whether you're the pastor in charge, a part-time volunteer, or one of the numerous individuals that labor in the middle, Tools for Rebuilding is a must-have resource. Implementing even a few of the ideas here could make a huge difference in bringing more people to Christ." --Patrick Lencioni, Author of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team
"This book is a must-read for anyone who is involved in the great work of parish ministry. It's chock-full of practical wisdom and enlightening answers to the questions we all face concerning the spiritual health of our parishes and the effectiveness of our outreach." --Cardinal Sean O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston
"In a friendly and accessible style, the authors of Tools for Rebuilding help pastors and parish staff members take a fresh look at many dimensions of parish life and shape them in ways that will bring people closer to the Lord--the ultimate goal of all parish life." --Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop of Chicago
"As thought-provoking as the authors' first book, Rebuilt, this sequel provides ways to revitalize the American parish. Not everyone will agree with or implement everything, but everyone who reads this important book will come away with a lot to think about, pray over, and use in day-to-day pastoral ministry. A must-read and a must-discuss for parish ministers!" --Msgr. Kevin Irwin, Former Dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies, Catholic University of America
"An insightful and compelling collection of practical ideas and strategies sure to bring fresh life to parish engagement and renewal. Read and let the weaving of scripture, story, and down-to-earth initiatives enrich, expand, and deepen your parish leadership efforts." --Sister Edith Prendergast, Director of the Office of Religious Education, Archdiocese of Los Angeles
"Alleluia, they've done it again! Fr. Michael White and Mr. Tom Corcoran are two voices crying in the wilderness, 'It's not business as usual!' In Rebuilt they gave us hope that renewal was possible for a parish and a vision of what it could look like. In Tools for Rebuilding, they help Catholic parish leaders with wonderful tools to develop a strategy for renewal. Both things are vital, for vision without strategy is hallucination. There is no hallucination in this book but rather simple, pure, double-distilled wisdom that is aged more than fifteen years and is ready to pour and enjoy. It will inspire you, challenge you to your toes, and move you to get to work on the great task of the New Evangelization."--Rev. James Mallon, Pastor and Founder/Director of the John Paul II Media Institute
About the Author
Michael White received his bachelor's degree from Loyola University Maryland and his graduate degrees in sacred theology and ecclesiology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. After being ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, he worked for five years as personal secretary to William Cardinal Keeler, who was then archbishop. During that time, he served as the director of the papal visit of Pope John Paul II to Baltimore.
During his tenure as pastor at Church of the Nativity, the church has almost tripled in weekend attendance from 1,400 to over 4,000. More importantly, commitment to the mission of the Church has grown, evidenced by the significant increase of giving and service in ministry, and much evidence of genuine spiritual renewal. White is the coauthor of Rebuilt, which narrates the story of Nativity's rebirth.
Tom Corcoran received his bachelor's degree from Loyola University Maryland and completed his graduate work in theology with Franciscan University of Steubenville. Corcoran has served Church of the Nativity in a variety of roles that give him a unique perspective on parish ministry and leadership. Beginning as a youth minister, Corcoran later held positions as coordinator of children's ministry and director of small groups.
He currently serves in the position of associate to the pastor and is responsible for weekend message development, strategic planning, and staff development. Corcoran is the coauthor of Rebuilt, which narrates the story of Nativity's rebirth. When he is not working, Corcoran enjoys spending time with his wife Mia and their seven children, who are homeschooled in Parkville, MD.
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There were some suggestions they made, however, which I would have like them to explain how their reasoning. For example, "to only put things from your own parish in the weekly bulletin - or to stop printing it in hard copy and go only to an internet presence. What happens to those who do not have a computer or who do not frequent the internet?