5 Opportunities You Have as a Church this Christmas

One week from today, your church will be experiencing your greatest opportunity of the whole year. Are you just getting it over and done with or capitalizing on it for your long-term strategic advantage? Is Christmas only to be managed or can you make it all about your mission? Here are 5 things to do […]

The Sprint to Christmas

Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, we begin a sprint to Christmas. Here are a few things I am really looking forward to this season. The Celebration of Advent My very favorite liturgical season is Advent. Beginning with a focus on Christ’s coming at the end of time, the season eventually turns our attention to […]

Stewardship Sunday: 5 Practices We’ve Learned

Once a year, and only once a year, we take a weekend to reflect on our financial commitment to our local parish church. The following are 5 practices we’ve found helpful in hosting a successful stewardship program, i.e., one that receives a positive response and solid commitments for giving. ONE:  Our Stewardship Sunday is a […]

Hospitality and Church Growth

This week I had the opportunity to meet with our Greeter Ministry. Below are my remarks: We serve at a very critical time in the life of the Church. A time in which it’s easy to be disheartened and disillusioned, and, as a consequence, disengaged. It is rather like a systems wide implosion going on […]

The Fleeting Fall Season: Half Time

This week we celebrate Halloween (not to mention All Saints Day) as well as the end of Daylight Savings Time. They all always seem to mark the end of the first half of fall. And what a first half it has been. Our annual kick-off weekend was festive and fun, though intentionally muted in view […]

Mission Sunday

You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Acts 1.8 It is no secret that many churches these days are closing. There are lots of reasons why, but here’s a reason not often discussed: missions. Or rather how their lack of mission is a contributing […]

It Hasn’t Snowed a Single Flurry… But Santa Dear We’re In a Hurry.

This week we invite you and your family to sign up to serve on Christmas Eve at the Fairgrounds. I know it seems far away but it will be here before you know it. Besides, if we wait till after Thanksgiving a lot of people have already made their Christmas plans and even if they […]

5 Warning Signs Your Parish is Insider-Focused

Church health and growth are dependent on many factors, for sure. But bottom line, at the end of the day, churches don’t grow because they’re not healthy. And they’re not healthy because they’re focused on themselves. For all the talk about evangelization these days, the truth is that many churches remain resolutely focused on themselves, […]

The New Normal

All of us, in our different ways, have struggled, and continue to struggle with the alarming and terrible news, currently coming at us on a daily basis regarding the larger Church community. My own statement, posted below, sums up much of my initial reaction, but more needs to be said. The blockbuster denunciation of the […]

Statement from Fr. Michael White

The terrible news out of Pennsylvania this week brought revelations that our own former Archbishop was found by a Grand Jury to be criminally negligent. This, following revelations earlier this summer of multiple, credible charges of child abuse by the former Archbishop of Washington. Nativity stands in unity with Archbishop Lori and his official statement. […]