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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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Evangelization

5 Ways to Bring People Back to Church This Fall

If there is a single, principal fear that pastors and church workers share in this season of COVID-19, it is the fear that people simply won’t come back to church. Declining attendance was already an established pattern pre-COVID, which has now simply accelerated. Church leaders know that with disaffiliated parishioners comes the loss of funding […]

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Evangelization | Making Church Matter

A “Mobile-First’ Church

In a recent homily, Pope Francis offered a caution for parishes turning to digital means of communication to do ministry.  He said clearly that a church which exclusively operates online, without physical presence and celebration of the sacraments, would be at risk of becoming individualistic, insular, and detached from a living faith. This caution comes […]

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Evangelization | Leadership

Never Waste a Crisis

Sudden crises have a way of clarifying long-running debates.  The essential nature of whatever is at stake tends to become obvious when we are forced to confront it without the haze of extraneous distractions or details.  This moment in time is no different.  As the current outbreak of the COVID-19 virus sweeps across the country, […]

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