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Tools for Rebuilding - Michael White & Tom Corcoran
Ave Maria Press
To summarise the 75 points: focus. Michael White and Tom Corcoran cut through parish paraphernalia, streamlining and de-cluttering like Mary Portas at a jumble sale.
This Catholic priest and lay associate have researched what makes evangelical mega-churches tick and have applied it to their own, now very sizeable, local church. For non-Catholic readers a little translation is needed, but their accumulated wisdom is divided into easily digestible morsels.
However, these bite-sized pieces of practical wisdom are a peculiar mix. There’s some biblical wisdom, such as, ‘comfort outsiders/challenge insiders’. Then there’s a smattering of business principles, including suggestions for building your church’s brand. Finally, there’s a sizeable portion of downright obvious common sense, like keeping your church clean: ‘Christmas is over, so throw out the dead poinsettias.’ Experienced ministers may find the advice rather basic, but it could be helpful for someone starting out in parish ministry.
Alexandra Lilley – Ordinand and assistant minister at St Mary Islington