Making Church Matter What's new at Nativity


August 16, 2015

Matter has mass and occupies volume.

Our Catholic faith is grounded in matter: The Sacraments of the Church and the Incarnation of the Lord all rely on matter. Our parish churches are all about matter: people, buildings, a geographical location, and parish boundaries. Matter also refers to meaning and importance and is a value we aspire to in all our efforts and relationships, our satisfaction and happiness depend on it.

The past couple of years we began hosting a Church conference we call “matter” because we want to promote the impact and contribution, the mass and the volume, that our local parish churches can have in the community.

Matter is a unique conference for pastors, parish leaders, staff, and volunteer ministers as well as anyone who is interested in the health and growth of their parish church. Matter is for leaders who want to lead and ministers who want to serve.

It includes some engaging and inspiring keynote speakers taking a look at the big picture as well as an extensive array of breakout sessions getting down into the weeds of doing church more successfully, everything from children’s ministry to technology and raising money. Beyond the inspiration and education there is so much fun you won’t want it to ever end. And there’s music too, lots of beautiful music. Matter also gives you the opportunity to network with other parish leaders from elsewhere in the country, share challenges and best practices.

Along the way we’ve planned a few surprises too.

Matter begins with early check in and networking on November 4. Our opening session kicks off on Thursday, November 5 with a keynote that I will be presenting, and I am already excited about the way it is shaping up. Much of the rest of the day will be devoted to breakouts (and a delicious lunch) ending in late afternoon with a really inspirational talk given by Brian Crook from our team. Friday, November 6 brings two nationally popular speakers, our own Tom Corcoran and the incredibly talented Chris Stefanick. We end early so those coming from a distance can get home.

I invite you to attend and, if you’re a team or church leader, consider bringing your team members or staff along too, it will be a great investment in them. And here’s the thing: if you register now you can still get the early bird special. Take a look at our web site, where you can register today:


Join us and lets make Church matter.

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