ChurchMoney: Rebuilding the Way We Fund Our Mission

Ave Maria Press
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The Pew Research Center recently reported that 26 percent of Catholics are giving less because of the sex abuse crisis and reports of misconduct against priests and bishops. That makes the already difficult task of raising money for churches and bishop’s appeals much more challenging.

Rev. Michael White and Tom Corcoran—award-winning authors of the Rebuilt Parish series—know from twenty years leading Church of the Nativity in Timonium, Maryland, that it’s no fun working in a parish struggling to pay the bills. Without money, you can’t hire staff to provide the programs you want to offer. You constantly have to beg parishioners to give. You grow frustrated and angry when they fail to respond.

Does this sound familiar?

In ChurchMoney, White and Corcoran will help you learn the basic skills you need to discover that true success in raising funds comes from the incredibly freeing approach that connects giving to discipleship.

The two share their stories of success and failure. They tell us what they learned to meet the real financial challenges of their mission. They offer the practical wisdom and inspiration you need to tackle the thorny matter of raising money in your Catholic parish.

White and Corcoran share the lessons, facts, habits, and great ideas they’ve implemented from some of the most successful and vibrant churches in the United States. ChurchMoney offers a proven plan for raising money in parishes. It’s readily adaptable, firmly rooted in the reality of leading a Catholic parish, based on the Bible, and finessed with the best advice of communication professionals.

You will read stories of embarrassing failure and exhilarating success in tripling a budget and running three extraordinarily successful capital campaigns over a ten-year period including their most recent campaign leading to the construction of $16 million sanctuary built debt free. They have increased staff fourfold and significantly raised salaries and increased staff benefits while expanding mission outreach both locally and internationally.

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Rev. Michael White and Tom Corcoran are coauthors of the bestselling Rebuilt Parish series, including the award-winning Rebuilt—which led to the CatholicTV series The Rebuilt Show which they host—Tools for RebuildingRebuilding Your Message, and The Rebuilt Field Guide. They have spoken at conferences and parishes throughout the United States and Canada, and at diocesan gatherings and conferences in Austria, Australia, Germany, Ireland, Poland, and Switzerland. They have been guests on EWTN, CatholicTV, Salt + Light Television, and numerous Catholic radio programs.
 
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Ave Maria Press
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Published on
Sep 13, 2019
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Pages
224
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ISBN
9781594719134
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Language
English
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Genres
Religion / Christian Life / Stewardship & Giving
Religion / Christian Ministry / Pastoral Resources
Religion / Christianity / Catholic
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