Evangelization | Vision

An Investment in the Next Generation

The COVID ordeal of the last year has impacted us all in many ways and raised many concerns. One of the most widely shared concerns is the negative impact it’s having on our children and young people. School closures, sports cancelations, social distancing; everything else they’ve experienced, everything else that’s been taken away from them […]

Continue Reading...

Evangelization | What's new at Nativity

This Easter: Dream Big…Think Little

Influence is force. It is compelling force, effecting actions and behaviors, opinions and thinking of others and, eventually, the outcomes they experience. Regardless of anyone’s religious beliefs, Jesus of Nazareth has been the dominant influence on the history of Western Culture for almost twenty centuries. In some ways, our biggest challenge actually comes in appreciating […]

Continue Reading...

Communication | Discipleship

Ministry Push Weekend

Every year, and only once a year, we take a whole weekend to invite parishioners to consider getting up out of the pew (or off their sofa at home) and start serving in one of our parish ministries. We call it ministry “push” weekend.  Each of our ministries serves an important function in the mission […]

Continue Reading...

empty church
Evangelization | Making Church Matter

What If They Don’t Come Back?

Recently a friend forwarded to me an “OSV Talk” (think Catholic “Ted Talk”) given by Dan Cellucci, with Catholic Leadership Institute. The piece, titled “What If They Don’t Come Back?”, is a candid look at the reality of the ever-shrinking population of church-going Americans and the effect the pandemic will have on this well-established trend. […]

Continue Reading...

Leadership

From Reactivity to Leadership (Despite COVID)

COVID-19 has had an enormous impact on the finances, operations, and sacramental life of churches throughout the world. But one disruption that has not been widely discussed is the disruption to our sense of time. Early on, all we could do was react to ever-changing guidelines and the uncertainty has only continued. Almost all of […]

Continue Reading...

Scripture | What's new at Nativity

The Priority of Prayer

If then my people, upon whom my name has been pronounced, humble themselves and pray, I will hear them from heaven and heal the land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 Last week, I began our new message series for the new year by highlighting the value in differentiating between our circle of concern and our sphere of […]

Continue Reading...

Leadership | Vision

Where Do We Start?

We can all warmly welcome 2021, even as we agree we are happy to see 2020 go. For all of us, each in our own way, it was a difficult year. We had the rapid shut down of our lives, constantly unsure of what else would be taken away, daily navigating work and school, family […]

Continue Reading...