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3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  428 Ratings  ·  67 Reviews
Drawing on the wisdom gleaned from thriving mega-churches and innovative business leaders while anchoring their vision in the Eucharistic center of Catholic faith, Fr. Michael White and lay associate Tom Corcoran present the compelling and inspiring story to how they brought their parish back to life.

Rebuilt is a story of stopping everything and changing focus. When their
Paperback, 1st, 292 pages
Published February 21st 2013 by Ava Maria Press (first published February 28th 2012)
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Apr 22, 2014 Sharon rated it it was ok
The book was okay. I had a problem with the authors calling the parishioners who attended weekly to receive Communion "consumers." I thought the point of Sunday Mass is to receive Communion and then to go into the world to do His work, not just to serve the parish but to go into the world and transform it-- true discipleship. Instead of rejecting the "consumerism" they complained about, the authors appealed to the "consumerism" of the unchurched by appealing to their desire to be entertained in ...more
Lindsay Wilcox
I work in a Catholic parish, so I'm always up for hearing advice about how to make that job easier. What works in one parish won't automatically work in another, which the authors admit, but it's usually worth a try elsewhere anyway. I loved Nativity Parish's focus on being mission-oriented and trying to reach the everyman instead of just the insiders. I didn't perceive much of a Catholic focus, though. Shouldn't revitalizing your parish involve the sacraments? Catholic churches ought to be as g ...more
Jul 23, 2013 Robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The authors suggest that their how to methods lead to transformation of their parish. They don't support that with evidence other than their satisfaction with groups and activities. Tell me about the saints coming out of your parish, that would be evidence of a real transformation.
Joyce Donahue
May 06, 2013 Joyce Donahue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A pastor and his associate chronicle their efforts to change a parish from stodgy, stuck and self-satisfied into a missional community of active disciples of Jesus Christ. Along the way they observe and attempt to imitate many of the successful strategies of such major evangelical churches as Willow Creek and Saddleback.

Change wasn't always met with open arms and these two admit they often did thing the hard way, but in this book they share what they learned - for good and for ill. The result i
Maria Pane
Nov 13, 2013 Maria Pane rated it it was amazing
Inspiring Book of a transformed Catholic Parish- with links to online videos of ministries of the church
By maria - March 14, 2013
This is an amazing book telling how a church transformed herself and her churchgoers who were mostly consumers just looking for what they could get out of church and only going to satisfy misguided needs. The church looked outside its walls to transform itself into a blossoming parish of givers to the community around them and even in Haiti. Two men - a Catholic pries
Eileen Charbonneau
May 25, 2013 Eileen Charbonneau rated it it was amazing
I think the authors have a genuine dedication to revitalizing the Catholic Church, their church, Nativity, in particular and the universal Church in general. A friend and fellow parishioner has a son who lives in Timonium, the town in which this church is located. She asked him to check it out. He went to Mass there and loved it. He said there had to be 800 people packed into that church, so they must be doing something right. Several people in my church are reading this book right now. I don't ...more
Beth Neu
Jan 09, 2014 Beth Neu rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. I like the style used with interviewing Fr. Michael and interspersing with quotes from other pastors, business leaders, and most importantly the Bible. It gives some practical tips on improving a parish for the end goal of bringing people closer to God and Jesus Christ. While every Catholic parish is unique (size, style, age, constant change, etc.) all these elements need to be combined to make a parish work at its best. While not all his examples will work for every pa ...more
Zeb Snyder
Mar 02, 2013 Zeb Snyder rated it really liked it
This is a book aimed at those involved in running Catholic parishes, but parishioners can benefit from it too. The authors lay out ways that Catholic parishes can energize their parishioners, appeal to the de-churched, and transform their members into ministers. Essentially, the authors have incorporated what evangelicals have been doing well for years, and have revitalized their parish in the process. Their goal is to transform Catholics from people who come to receive the sacraments and then c ...more
Jun 20, 2016 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While the authors do get a lot of things right (e.g. small groups and establishing clear expectations for lay ministers) and their intentions certainly come through as holy, I had a difficult time getting through this book. The specificity with which some of the anecdotes were presented must certainly be humiliating for the people in question. That was shocking, given the purpose of this book. It's not surprising that the changes proposed by the authors were not well-received. Overall, the autho ...more
Luke Daghir
Mar 21, 2016 Luke Daghir rated it really liked it
Rebuilt is a book every Catholic should read in today's day and age; especially young Catholics. I found this book, being that I am in my twenties, to be "irresistibly relevant." Do I think this is the all-end-be-all of parish dynamics? and I don't think Fr. Michael or Tom Corcoran would either. But this is a step forward; because Fr. Michael and Tom Corcoran provide a structured approach that works. We need more discussion and "catholic conversation that converts" parishes toward greater, ...more
Stephanie Zimmer
Rebuilt is the story of a Catholic parish told by the pastor and another minister. It is very straightforward and tells you what they did, why they did it and how many different ways it took for success. The steps are simple and well laid out so that anyone could adapt this in their church with adaptations for your needs. I would recommend this book to anyone who works in a parish or in any way wants the parish they attend to improve. Well done!
Mary Margaret
Jun 24, 2014 Mary Margaret rated it liked it
Shelves: religion
Just not sure about this one. It really, really doesn't feel Catholic. The culture is pure evangelical mega-church. The few mentions in the book of what makes Catholicism what it is feel stuffed in and forced. They disparage Catholic "consumers" but seem merely to have found a product that will appeal to more than the products they were selling originally.

More disturbingly in this context is how free the authors felt to criticism, publicly and nastily, people within their own parish community wh
Feb 01, 2014 John rated it liked it
Lots of great, thought-provoking ideas. But, I found the style somewhat off putting (which is why only three stars). I would not want to be known as the former pastor who seems to have gotten nothing right. Still, it will keep me thinking about new ways to do things for a long time.
Aug 01, 2013 Karen rated it really liked it
The book was very interesting in that it gave you a different perspective on a Catholic parish. Many good ideas and some that were questionable. Overall a good read. If you are a Catholic and want your parish to act differently this is a good place to start.
Jul 19, 2014 Kathryn rated it liked it
A lot of good general principles for how to get Catholics engaged and involved in transforming their parishes. My major caveat was its utilitarian approach to the sanctuary, specifically that children and infants should be taken out into their own space, and that the church needs the ushers to insert themselves into situations and tell parishioners to leave if their children are being unruly. I also had a problem with the idea of leaving front pews open for newcomers. Catholics already flock tow ...more
Chris Lee
Jan 23, 2014 Chris Lee rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book. Have a pastor who is doing great things that mentioned this. Love the philosophy behind it and the detail and examples shared. Think it has great lessons beyond religion as well.
Michael Gentry
Mar 13, 2015 Michael Gentry rated it really liked it
Fr. White's book began with a very compelling account of his arrival at the Church of the Nativity in Maryland. Lots of activity, lots of cynicism and factionalism, no real accountability for the true mission of the Church, i.e., to make disciples!

He details the steps he, and his lay ministers, took to revitalize the parish.

I have shared this book with staff and other clergy and it is always a great basis for discussion and planning. We refer back to it often as we work through the renewal of ou
Doreen Petersen
Sep 03, 2015 Doreen Petersen rated it it was ok
Shelves: religion
Received this from Netgalley. It was okay but I expected more from it and not sure I agree with some of the ideas presented. It just wasn't for me but it may be for someone else.
Jul 05, 2013 Charla rated it it was amazing
Direct and to the point. No nonsense book. A must read! I think it would take some time to adjust the routine and thinking of parish staff to make this effective.
Cathryn Conroy
Apr 02, 2015 Cathryn Conroy rated it really liked it
If you truly care about the current health and dynamic future of your church, this is a must-read book for both clergy and lay people. It tells the story of how an almost-dying Roman Catholic church in a Baltimore, Maryland suburb rebuilt itself to become a thriving, bursting-at-the-seams church of which seemingly everyone wants to be part. The authors, one of whom is the church's priest, are brutally honest in what they did wrong...before they got it right. Although it definitely has a Catholic ...more
Andrew Doohan
I found this book very disquieting - and I think that's more to do with me than the book itself.

In the foreword to the book, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, writes that "If you love your parish, read this book." And you should - without a doubt - read this book if you are passionate about the place where you worship and serve God. Rebuilt tells the story of the renewal of the pastoral life of one parish and is written by the pastor, Michael White, and the parish pastoral associat
Jan 16, 2016 Kris rated it really liked it
I was assigned this book by my pastor, all parish council members were asked to read it and then discuss at our next meeting. I'm impressed by the honesty of the authors. At time ms they are bluntly critical of the state of their parish and the behavior of some parishioners. But they have some wonderful suggestions and inspiration for hurting parishes, like mine. I'm looking forward to discussing and putting together a plan of action .
Feb 08, 2015 Shane rated it it was amazing
Shelves: goodreads
This is a fantastic book, and not just for working in a parish. I bought this intending to put what I could glean from it to work in my parish but found much more that can be applied to my job as well. Useful anywhere you're trying to build something but are stuck trying to satisfy a consumer mentality instead. This can really help you refocus your efforts.
Jan 10, 2014 Ethan rated it really liked it
This book is the story of how a priest and lay associate inherited a dying parish and failed a hundred ways trying to turn it around before slowly and steadily succeeding. The writing style is very easy to read, but the message in the first part of the book is very hard to hear. The authors describe the kinds of parishes and consumer-like parishioners I've seen all my life, and it's painful to hear. But this is important. Cardinal Dolan backs the book. This is something new, and it could be some ...more
Aug 22, 2014 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spiritual
A challenge to the status quo that is based on recentering parish life on Gospel truths. Many ideas and help on how to start and what needs to be done to move parishes ahead ... a roadmap for the New Evangelization in a parish setting. It brings hope and a vision of how our parishes can "change the world", one person and one community at a time.
John Silva
Jan 30, 2016 John Silva rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A challenge to the status quo that is based on recentering parish life on Gospel truths. Many ideas and help on how to start and what needs to be done to move parishes ahead ... a roadmap for the New Evangelization in a parish setting. It brings hope and a vision of how our parishes can "change the world", one person and one community at a time.
Richard R., Martin
Read and discussed it over the year as a pastoral council. The book contains a lot of great ideas how to renew and enliven a parish. It helps to address the changing landscape of the Church and the parish, especially with the millennials. It should be read by anyone who a leadership in the parish.
Bruce Wilkinson
Jul 29, 2015 Bruce Wilkinson rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. As a Catholic I appreciated the honesty of identifying the challenges reigniting the life of a parish; as a pastor I loved the boldness & courage these authors embraced to answer the issues they found holding the parish back from becoming more alive.
Mj Amirault
May 30, 2014 Mj Amirault rated it liked it
A book on how to revamp your church to make it more "people friendly". Some good ideas, some are probably not do-able in a small parish, but worth the read. I am not sure what the answer is, but anything is worth a try to breath life in a dying parish.
Nov 01, 2013 Justin rated it really liked it
How can we rebuild the Church? Well, I guess it's a cultural shift that has to happen huh? White explains succinctly how his Parish was able to do this and begin receiving 300+ new members every year. While it is an important message, we do have to be careful about things like coffee stands in the Church and projector screens replacing song books. We have to be mindful that our Lord was simple and humble. Saint Francis was given the mission to rebuild the Church also, but his rebuilding was a cu ...more
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