Vibrant Parish Toolkit

5 Ways to Maximize Parish Summer Events

School may be out, but parish life is in! Here are a few tips to maximize summer events and build your vibrant parish.

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5 Challenges (& Solutions) to a Vibrant Parish Office

The Church is alive and well. So, too, should be our parish offices! Read on for five challenges to a vibrant parish office and their positive solutions.

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Solving Everyday Parish Finance Issues

Solving Everyday Parish Finance Issues

The heating bill, payroll for your office of staff members, & reimbursement checks are a few parish expenses. These little day-to-day tasks can add up to big problems without proper handling.

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Simple Ideas to Build Church Community

When I return to my hometown and join my parents for Sunday Mass, the only thing that’s changed is the new little faces with wide eyes reaching for their dessert in the church basement.

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Parish Life on Facebook

You have a lot going on. From Sunday Mass to social events, your parish is thriving with activity and community involvement in person, but what about online? Facebook can be an invaluable tool for fostering engagement with newcomers and can serve as a vital source of genuine connection for your members. Utilizing the helpful features […]

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Giving & The Power of Storytelling

The Finance Council meeting is upon you. Budgets are examined, compelling cases for more funding are reviewed, and special projects are discussed. When it comes time to increase your offertory or raise money for a particular project, all too often we focus on the numbers and the hard facts. These are true realities! Your church […]

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Hospitality as a Way of Life

The slumbering church is awakening. We are realizing that our pews are empty, our familiar way of doing things isn’t working, and we are facing an unexpected future. We are asking how we will be viable in the years to come. How will we bring back our young people, our Gen -Xers and a growing […]

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From Visitor to Parishioner: Online Registration for Easter

A young family is new in town and they found your Easter Mass times online. When Easter morning comes around, they arrive at your doors and are greeted warmly by your hospitality team. They look around to see the flowers and decorations. They are inspired by the music and dynamic homily. They’re moved by the […]

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Learn From Hawaiian Hospitality

On a recent trip to Maui to visit family, I learned a word and fell in love with it! The word is ohana. According to the Urban Dictionary, “Ohana means nobody gets left behind. It can also refer to a close group of friends or class that resemble a family.” I was so happy to […]

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3 Lenten Preparation Tips for Church Employees

“Is Stations of the Cross in the bulletin?” “Who submitted the invoice for the parish mission speaker? “The confirmation retreat is the weekend after Ash Wednesday. We can’t order pepperoni pizza for Friday! Change the order!” If these concerns sound familiar to you, you might be a church employee! Lenten considerations look a little different […]

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Your Parish Collaboration Needs a Brand

We live in a changing religious landscape. Areas that once featured a Catholic Church on every block now find themselves unable to support the infrastructure while suburban parishes boom and expand. New immigrant arrivals mean ethnically and linguistically diverse parishes. Newly ordained priests don’t always replace the numbers who retire. In many dioceses, this means […]

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New Year, New Dreams

I am so happy for 2018. I love fresh starts! My calendar is new — no crossed-out appointments, no rescheduled meetings — just fresh new days and empty pages ready to be filled. I spent an afternoon getting my new planner all set for the year, adding meetings and things I knew were coming up. […]

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