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Michael White

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31 Jan 2014
Fr Michael White and Tom Corcoran know that the fundamental work of the Church is to evangeliseto introduce people to Christ and make them disciples. Still, theyre the first to admit: the difficulty comes when we reach down into the details and get to work. In Tools for Rebuilding, White and Corcoran share 75 foundational tactics that helped rejuvenate their parish. Their candid, handson advice gives a clear way forwardone that will make church matter to the people in the pews and that anyone working in parish ministry can implement.

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If you love your parish, read this book. --Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York

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Michael White is a priest of the Archdiocese of Baltimore and serves as pastor at Church of the Nativity. During his tenure, the church has more than tripled in attendance and its commitment to the Churchs mission has grown, evidenced by the significant increase of giving, service and spiritual renewal. Tom Corcoran has served Church of the Nativity in a variety of roles. Beginning as a youth minister, Corcoran held positions as coordinator of childrens ministry and director of small groups. He serves as associate to the pastor and is responsible for weekend message development, strategic planning, and staff development.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book and go make disciples. 26 Nov 2013
By Will - Published on
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Michael White and Tom Corcoran have done it again. The follow-up to their first book, "Rebuilt" is just as clear, honest, and focused as the first. This book is for the church leader, church staff member, church volunteer, church attendee. . .anyone who has a role in church in some way. A wonderful reminder of the mission Jesus has given to each of us, "Tools for Rebuilding" helps the reader with the nuts and bolts of how to make change happen in your church, how to grow your church and how to seek and save the lost. Easy to read, hard to put down, read it and go make disciples.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great solutions 8 Jan 2014
By J. Mitchell - Published on
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"Tools for Rebuilding" is a fine sequel to "The Story of a Catholic Parish Rebuilt". It gives practical ideas of how to implement the philosophy detailed in the initial book.It would be well for all to study who are interested in the growth of Faith through the Catholic Church. It is easy to read and understand.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Consumer Catholic Congregations 7 Jan 2014
By Laura Pellerin - Published on
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The authors of this book ask the most important question of their congregation, 'Why are you here?" Their list of suggested answers includes: 'My parents make me come', 'I come for the music', 'I come for the donuts and coffee', and 'I come for the fellowship.' A few core volunteers come to do service, but some volunteers are not capable of actually serving. Sadly, truly, some volunteers come for the fellowship.
This book is recommended to church leaders, giving them guidelines where and how to look for ways to rebuild their congregations into - not merely faithful worshipers or just good church people, but rather into followers of Christ who will participate in evangelizing their congregation, their neighborhood, their friends, their city. I. e., parents of small tots look for a church that actually has a clean nursery, see which parishioners fill out mass intention cards, find out who objects most volubly to changes made in the church entryway, look for the staff member that plays computer games in their office, throw away the artificial flowers - only real flowers should be used in the church.
The authors attended services at growing mega churches to learn the differences between stifled, neighborhood parishes and the churches that attracted people from all over the city. What I learned from the book was that it is not just religion and faith in the pastor that attracts one to a parish, it is the spirit of the people who attend the church that attracts others to join in with your congregation.
I recommend that every church member read, and understand, what it takes to rebuild Christ's church.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Seems a bit over confident. 10 Jan 2014
By B. Swearingen - Published on
I guess I was expecting something a little different. As a pastoral associate, I can't say I learned too many "new" things . . . have greeters, good music, good homilies, good youth ministry, reach out, find the right people for the right job, know the right way to ask for money etc . . . who in ministry doesn't already know these things? Also, I found the writers to be way too confident in what they are doing/promoting - almost arrogant. I wish I could have given this book a much higher score. I just couldn't.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Iinsporing 7 Jan 2014
By Roger Klassen - Published on
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Lots of creative and challenging ideas for parish renewal, even in smaller rural parishes. Eager to share it with parish leadership
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