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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  320 ratings  ·  54 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
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Paperback, 1st, 292 pages
Published February 21st 2013 by Ava Maria Press (first published February 28th 2012)
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Joyce Donahue
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
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Maria Pane
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
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Sharon
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
Eileen Charbonneau
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
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
Beth Neu
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
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
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
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
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John
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.
Robert
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.
Karen
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.
Kathryn
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
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
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
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Charla
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
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
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Shane
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.
Ethan
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
John
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
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
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.
Justin
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
Katherine
this is a must read for anyone watching their church slowly die, unsure how to respond, wearing themselves out trying to 'put in'.. there is hope!
David Szatkowski
This book is an awesome read for any Catholic looking to help their parish become a center of evangelization.
Peggy O'Flaherty
What a great case study for all parishes. The 3 "M" were my favorite part and a good focus for our parish.
Liz Gruenbacher
An excellent book for reflecting on what your see and understand for your parish.
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Whew! Talk about a title that promises a lot.

It’s a problem, alright. It’s a problem in Catholic churches, but it’s also true of most mainstream Protestant churches, too. Wouldn’t it be great if this book really could teach us how to awaken the faithful, reach the lost, and make church matter?

The authors share first what didn’t work (food, lots of activities), strategies that only ended up making everyone in charge feeling more tired and more despairing. Then they share how they were able to t
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“Today it is imperative that any distinction or division should be overcome, because the choice between saving the world and changing it is a false one. They are intimately related, the work of redemption and the work of restoration.” 0 likes
“The consumer Christian is one who utilizes the grace of God for forgiveness and the services of the church for special occasions, but does not give his or her life and innermost thoughts, feelings, and intentions over to the kingdom of the heavens. Such Christians are not inwardly transformed and not committed to it.4” 0 likes
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