Great Catholic Parishes: How Four Essential Practices Make Them Thrive
Great Catholic Parishes
How Four Essential Practices Make Them Thrive
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Publisher: Ave Maria Press
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In 2012 and 2013, businessman, professor and philanthropist, William E. Simon, Jr. and his team studied 244 vibrant Catholic parishes to learn and show what makes them great. The study found that all the parishes shared four foundational practices that led to a profound sense of belonging within their communities and a deepening commitment to discipleship:
1. They share leadership.
2. They foster spiritual maturity and plan for discipleship.
3. They excel on Sundays.
4. They intentionally evangelize.
In Great Catholic Parishes, Simon shares personal stories and gives ideas, advice and strategies from the pastors of exceptional parishes. Also offers anecdotes about lay ministry development and reworking religious education. Each chapter closes with crucial takeaways or a summary of practical challenges. Paperback, 6 x 9, 224 pages. (©2016)