Teen – Social Justice – iRadio

Today, less than a quarter of the young teens receiving Confirmation in U.S. return to Church once they move on to high school. For those teens, the Church just “doesn’t seem relevant.” I asked our CCD 7th and 8th graders what would make religious education more relevant and I was told “more interaction.”  Young people…

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Bringing the Word to Life

As the CRE of my local church, I encourage catechists to occasionally use puppetry to convey the Word to the younger children (G1 – G4) enrolled in the religious education program (formerly referred to as CCD). We create sets, develop puppet scripts and dress puppets to tell classic Bible stories. So that others might benefit from…

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Church: a Tourist Destination

Many churches have some local historical significance … oldest building in the community, first ‘such and such’ church, etc. Such a distinction can be leveraged to build traffic and donations. Our church was built in 1801 and sits in the heart of a historic district of New York City. For decades, tour groups have stopped…

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Back to School

When I tell friends I recently took a specialized business management course online, I sense they’re thinking, “online? … must be boring, two-dimensional and dumb-down.” Nothing could be further from the truth in the case of the Villanova School of Business Master of Science in Church Management online program. [And no, I haven’t been paid…

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Parish Management Group

The Parish Management Group is a think tank and management consultancy focused on the application and continued development of the new science of parish management. Central to successful parish management is professional and moral ethical behavior, fiduciary responsibility, environmental stewardship and social justice. The work of the Parish Management Group benefits leaders of faith-based institutions and their…

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The Catholic Church in China

Most of the parishioners in the church I attend are Chinese … Located just down the street from the once infamous Five Points in the heart of New York City’s Chinatown stands Transfiguration Church.  Built in 1801, the church was first used by Dutch Lutherans. As Manhattan became less Dutch and more English, it evolved…

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The Face of Catholic America

“The face of Catholic America is changing. Today, immigrants make up a considerable share of Catholics, and many are Hispanic. At the same time, there has been a regional shift, from the Northeast (long home to a large percentage of the Catholic faithful) and Midwest to the Western and Southern parts of the U.S.” —…

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What is Church Planting?

“All (growing) denominations surveyed placed church planting as a very important, if not the number one, strategy for evangelism …The fact is, starting a new ethnic congregation or focusing on a particular generation in a new start is much easier than trying to change the culture of an established congregation.” – Survey of the Reformed Church…

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