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Money is always a touchy subject in Catholic churches: Pastors don't want to ask for it and parishioners don't want to hear about it. But it takes money to run a thriving parish.
In ChurchMoney, Michael White and Tom Corcoran--award-winning authors of the Rebuilt Parish series--share 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 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: Rebuilding the Way We Fund Our Mission you will 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.
White and Corcoran share lessons learned, facts discovered, habits formed, and great ideas they've implemented from some of the most successful and vibrant churches in the United States. ChurchMoney offers a field-tested and 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.