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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ave Maria Press (31 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594714444
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594714443
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.5 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

About the Author

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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By Mr G Poulter on 10 Nov. 2014
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great solutions 8 Jan. 2014
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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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A Must-Read for Catholic Ministry Leaders (including both fans and foes of Rebuilt!) 9 Mar. 2014
By Colleen R. Vermeulen - Published on
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"Tools for Rebuilding: 75 Really, Really Pracitcal Ways to Make Your Parish Better" lives up to its name as a direct and action-oriented follow up to the broad vision compellingly described in “Rebuilt.”

The book is organized around different types (i.e. staff, communication, people, weekend, etc.) of tools. Each tool is a pithy phrase and concise explanation of how this could be put to work in a parish setting.

I highly recommend “Tools for Rebuilding.” It contains solid parish ministry applications for general concepts of leadership and management. For many readers, “Tools” might be a better fit than “Rebuilt,” because it’s less likely to be perceived as a one-size fits all solution. “Tools” is clearly designed to be applied and adapted for YOUR ministry setting. I think the vision in "Rebuilt" can also be adapted to other contexts, but for many readers the detail and perception of prescriptiveness in "Rebuilt" can be hard to digest. Inherent in the title of this book is the key idea that this isn’t a “how to” or “just copy this plan” type of ministry, but something that’s flexible and requires continuous work and improvement. Think like Fr. White and Tom Corcoran--but come up with an application and outcome unique to your parish setting.

In short, “Tools for Rebuilding" is a must-read for anyone in ministry--even or especially if you didn’t like "Rebuilt".
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Iinsporing 7 Jan. 2014
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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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Rebuilt was the inspiration, Tools for rebuilding makes it possible 27 April 2014
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Rebuilt made our parish council want to start making changes but it is a chaotic process with so much to take into consideration. And remember, the people making the changes tend to already be church people who are not necessarily unhappy with much of what we are already doing. Tools for Rebuilding provided focus, and also showed us the areas where we were pretty much getting it right. Now I feel like with time, patience, persistence and especially prayer, we may actually be able to move forward.
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