Leadership | Vision

Our Values: Excellence

Over the past few weeks we have been using this space to reflect on the values we rely on in serving our mission as a parish. This week “Excellence.” Excellence in the church can be hard to define.  Some parishioners measure the excellence of a homily by its length (the shorter the better).  Still others […]

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Making Church Matter | Vision

Our Values: Growth-Oriented

We are using this space these days to reflect on the values that we rely on in serving our mission as a parish. This week: “growth oriented.” Check out previous posts in this series: simple and adaptable. Automatic Growth vs Intentional Growth Growing churches come in basically two types. There are churches that are well […]

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Leadership | Vision

Our Values: Adaptable

Change is inevitable, even in the Church.  Technology moves at cyber speed, families are on the move more than ever before, and the culture around us seems to be more unrecognizable every day.  In the face of all this challenging change, it is especially important to be grounded in deliberate values.  That’s why we are […]

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What's new at Nativity

Summer Missions Update

At Nativity we believe every member is called to ministry, both here at home and out in the world. We call ministry to the world Missions. We believe this is a charge to serve in our own community, elsewhere in our region, and even to the ends of the earth (You will be my witnesses […]

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Evangelization | Making Church Matter

Saddleback Journal

Every year, my friend Pastor Rick Warren leads a fantastic conference at Saddleback Church on building healthy, purpose-driven churches.  I had the privilege of being a part of this year’s conference when Rick asked me to speak at the final session on “Leading Your Church Through Change.”  Tom, my associate, and I first came to […]

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Communication | Leadership

Dealing with Criticism: 3 Rules

I have become convinced that there is a class of people, at least in Catholic culture, who truly believe their spiritual gift is complaint, and that their contribution to the body of Christ is criticism.  Self-proclaimed liturgists, theologians, and canon lawers who take it upon themselves to police the rest of us who are actually […]

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What's new at Nativity

Spring Update

The events and activities on our calendar this spring have curtailed blogging. So I’ll take the opportunity with this post to update everyone on what has been going on here on our Ridgely Road campus and farther afield with REBUILT. Lent and Easter We had an effective and engaging Lenten message and small group series […]

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