What’s one activity more attractive to many young people than sports, food or even sleep? Answer: video gaming. For those in the church looking to leverage secular/social activities (like basketball, bowling, etc.) to lure young people to the Word, video gaming should be among your considerations. In the eyes of many people that don’t play…

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The Virtual Church

The video posted above introduces you to a virtual church in a virtual environment. The church’s target audience is people who are open to the Word, but who, for various reasons do not attend a ‘brick and mortar’ church. The second video is for those inclined to brush off virtual environments as a childish or…

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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. We create thematic sets, develop puppet scripts and use puppetry to bring to life classic Bible stories. So that others might benefit from all the work…

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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

After graduating from the Villanova Church Management program, several classmates and I established the Parish Management Group; 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…

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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 building was first used by Dutch Lutherans. As Manhattan became less Dutch and more English, it…

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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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The Shortage of Catholic Priests

There is a significant decline in the number of Catholic priests in the West. Some parish churches cannot celebrate the Eucharist because they don’t have an ordained priest. Should the Catholic Church consider changing some of the rules governing ordination? This website (women priests.blog link below) provides you with resource materials that cover arguments for and…

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