April 26 - 28
Timonium, MD

March 17, 2020 

Wow. It’s been quite the week. Honestly it’s been quite the month. Just like you, we’ve been watching the news, watching what’s happening in our country/world and then within the last few days we’ve gone from our normal routine to everything changing all at once.
Given the situation facing all of us, here’s what to expect from Rebuilt Parish as we move forward in this unprecedented time:
We have made the decision to postpone the Rebuilt Conference indefinitely. The landscape is changing daily, even hourly, and at this time it wouldn’t be prudent to forecast a new conference date.
All registered attendees will receive a full refund issued to your credit card accounts. Please allow 30 days for your refund to appear on your monthly billing statement. If payment was made by check, you will be reimbursed via check.
If you made travel arrangements for the conference, please cancel your reservations as soon as possible. For airline reservations, please contact your specific airline for their cancellation policy during this national emergency.
There’s more to come from Rebuilt Parish and in the next few weeks we’ll be weighing the best path forward. But know this, our mission remains the same: rebuilding healthy parishes together.

Keynote Speakers

Fr. Michael White

Rev. Michael White is a priest of the Archdiocese of Baltimore and pastor of Church of the Nativity in Timonium, Maryland. He is an award winning, best-selling co-author of the books Rebuilt, Tools for Rebuilding, Rebuilding Your Message, and Churchmoney with hundreds of thousands in combined sales, translated into seven languages. Many say Rebuilt has changed the conversation about parish mission and culture in the American Catholic Church and influenced parish rebuilding efforts around the world. Fr. Michael has spoken at diocesan gatherings and church conferences nationally and internationally.

Father Michael earned his bachelor’s degree from Loyola University, Maryland and his graduate degrees from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. After being ordained a priest, he worked as the priest-secretary to Cardinal William Keeler, who was then the Archbishop of Baltimore. During that time, Fr. Michael served as the director of the Papal visit of Pope John Paul II to Baltimore, MD.

During Fr. Michael’s tenure as pastor of the Church of the Nativity, the parish has almost tripled in weekend attendance to more than 4,000. Church of the Nativity recently completed construction to a new $16m church seating 1,500 people. The project was completed on schedule and without debt.

His newest book, Churchmoney: Rebuilding the Way We Fund Our Mission, was released in Fall 2019.

Tom Corcoran

Tom Corcoran is an award winning and best-selling author. He has co-authored the books Rebuilt: Tools for Rebuilding, and Rebuilding Your Message. These books have combined sales of more than 150,000 copies. Many say Rebuilt has changed the conversation about parish mission and culture in the American Catholic Church. Tom has spoken to diocesan gatherings and conferences nationally and internationally sharing his unique insights about renewing and rebuilding parishes.

Tom has over 20 years of experience working in parish ministry. Beginning as a youth minister, Tom later held positions as coordinator of children’s ministry and director of small groups. He currently serves as Associate to the Pastor and is responsible for weekend message development, strategic planning, fundraising, and staff development. Church of the Nativity recently completed construction of a brand-new church seating 1,500 people in part to Tom’s leadership and vision.

When he is not working Tom enjoys cooking, working out, watching sports, and learning to play guitar. Tom has been married to his wife Mia for 21 years. Together, they are raising seven beautiful, energetic children in Parkville, Maryland.

His newest book, Churchmoney: Rebuilding the Way We Fund Our Mission, is now available anywhere books are sold.

Curtis Martin

Curtis Martin is the founder and CEO of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS), one of the fastest-growing college outreach apostolates in the Catholic Church. He holds a master’s degree in theology and is the author of the best-selling book, “Made for More.” Curtis is likewise the co-author of “The Real Story: Understanding the Big Picture of the Bible” with Dr. Edward Sri and “Boys to Men: The Transforming Power of Virtue” with Dr. Tim Gray. In 2004, Curtis and his wife, Michaelann, were awarded the Benemerenti Medal by Pope Saint John Paul II for their outstanding service to the Church. In 2011, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Curtis as a Consultor to the Pontifical Council of the New Evangelization.

Jeff Henderson

Jeff Henderson believes in the power of words. As an entrepreneur, speaker, pastor and business leader, Jeff is a master communicator at his core. He has witnessed firsthand the capacity for language to dictate vision and for vision to transform the cultures of companies and organizations worldwide. Recently named by Forbes Magazine as one of twenty speakers you shouldn’t miss, Jeff has helped lead three of North Point Ministries’ churches in the Atlanta, GA area since 2003. As a much sought after thought-leader, Jeff knows the value of effective communication to spur growth and believes it is the key to impact change in one’s life ultimately.

Jeff has seen this outlook pays dividends in both the nonprofit and for-profit worlds. Prior to serving as a pastor, Jeff worked in marketing with the Atlanta Braves, Callaway Gardens, Lake Lanier Islands and Chick-fil-A, Inc., where he led the company’s sports marketing and regional marketing efforts. Jeff understands what it takes to build something from the ground up having founded several organizations including Champion Tribes, Preaching Rocket, MNTR (fka Launch Youniversity) and The For Company which helps churches and businesses grow by using the FOR strategy. Whether established or emerging, Jeff has a heart for developing leadership.

Fueled by the passion to see individuals and businesses thrive, Jeff has become a trusted voice for those who want to see true success in themselves and their sphere of influence. Jeff has a way of inspiring people to reach their maximum potential while understanding that it will not only positively impact one’s company and organization but also establish a legacy of healthy growth.

Special Guests

Bishop Adam Parker

Born in 1972 to George and Maureen Parker of Cleveland, Ohio, Adam J. Parker attended the University of Maryland, College Park before entering pre-theology at St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore in preparation for the priesthood. He continued his formation for the priesthood at the Pontifical North American College in Rome and was ordained a priest on May 27, 2000 by the late Cardinal William H. Keeler. From 2001 to 2005, he served as Associate Pastor in three parishes in Allegany County and in 2005 was named Pastor of the Church of the Ascension in Halethorpe. In 2007, he was appointed Priest-Secretary to Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien, 15th Archbishop of Baltimore, and was named a monsignor by Pope Benedict XVI in 2011. In 2012, Monsignor Parker was assigned to Rome, where he continued to assist the newly elevated Cardinal O’Brien, who had been appointed Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem. Upon his return to the Archdiocese of Baltimore in 2013, he served as Vice Chancellor for one year prior to being appointed Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia by Archbishop William E. Lori. In December 2016, Pope Francis appointed Monsignor Parker Auxiliary Bishop of Baltimore and he was ordained in January 2017. Bishop Parker chose for his episcopal motto, “Go Make Disciples,” from the end of the Gospel of Matthew (Mt 28:19).


Carol Guarrieri


Kellie Caddick



Download a PDF of the full schedule by clicking here.


3:00pm – 8:00pm Early conference check-in

4:00pm – 5:30pm Uprising (High School) Program Observation & Q&A
no additional cost to attend

5:30pm – 6:30pm Nativity Weekend Mass

6:30pm – 8:00pm Resurrection (Middle School) Program Observation and Q&A
no additional cost to attend


10:00am-12:00pm       Confessions in Main Sanctuary
10:45am – 7:00pm
Conference check-in open

11:00am – 7:00pm
Vendor showcase open

11:30am – 12:30pm 
Rosary & Mass in Main Sanctuary

3:00pm – 4:45pm Roundtable/workshop sessions*

* Early Experience ticket purchase required.

1:00pm – 4:00pm 
Eucharistic Adoration in Chapel

5:30pm – 7:00pm Opening General Session


6:30am – 7:30am Mass

7:30am – 1:00pm Conference check-in open

8:00am – 4:00pm Vendor showcase open

8:300am – 10:30am Morning General Session

10:45am – 11:40am Breakout Session A

11:55am – 12:50pm Breakout Session B


1:00pm – 4:00pm 
Eucharistic Adoration in Chapel

2:00pm – 2:55pm Breakout Session C

3:10pm – 4:05pm Breakout Session D

4:30pm – 6:00pm Closing General Session


Download a PDF of all breakouts by clicking here.

Breakouts A

Dealing with Your Diocese

In this session Fr. Michael White will have a one-on-one conversation with the Auxiliary Bishop of Baltimore, Adam Parker. Bishop Parker will give us an inside look at how to
most effectively work within the diocesan structure.

Belong: Turning Guests Into Family

We are responsible as church leaders for the people God brings through our doors.
Therefore, every church, regardless of size, must have a process that ensures that none
of those entrusted to us get lost, left out or overlooked. In this breakout, we will look at
how we turn first time guest into members, and how we strive to close the back door by
using the four principles of membership retention.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word: Creating a Vibrant Environment

At Nativity, our Children’s Liturgy of the Word (Time Travelers) is more than a story it’s an event. Come watch and participate in this special presentation. Afterward, meet with our team to get an inside look at how we strive to create an environment that gets our kids bringing their parents to church.

Impacting Your Mission Field

Where do you start when it comes to missions at your parish? There are so many people who need support. How do you decided what to do and when? Learn how to build a missions strategy, form a team and create a vision to impact our larger communities for Christ.

Student Ministry: Reaching the Next Generation

In this breakout, we’ll share the purpose and strategy for establishing successful student small groups. We’ll also talk about the significant role of the leaders that connect with students in our small groups.

Volunteers: Growing & Developing Members for Ministry

Building a thriving ministry organization begins with defining what’s most important and then recruiting ministers (volunteers) who will create irresistible environments. How do you determine what are the best ministries for your church? How do you know if you have the right people on your team? In this breakout we’ll show you what our ministry programs look like and how we bring people - of all ages – into ministry at Nativity.

Member Care: Caring for Your Parishioners

As a parish staff you’re stretched more than ever before to do everything including providing care to your parish community in a purposeful and deeply meaningful way. At Church of the Nativity, we’ve created a ministry for that purpose: Member Care. Learn from our team as we share our Member Care program tools including prayer, pastoral visitors, grief care, sacraments and more.

Operating Strategically: Maximizing Your Resources

Each weekend Nativity hosts thousands parishioners, guests, and visitors on our Timonium campus. That doesn’t happen without strong operations. Oh and did we mention everything needs to be in compliance with the Archdiocese and county and state regulations? In this session, you’ll hear about how we successfully manage operations, compliance requirements and more.

Breakouts B

ChurchMoney: Raising Givers

Based on the latest book in the Rebuilt series, ChurchMoney, Tom Corcoran and his team will walk you through what we’ve learned about money and stewardship in a Catholic parish: no one wants to talk about it yet, everyone needs it. Take a closer look at the key principles to creating a healthy financial culture in your home parish.

Engagement vs. Attendance: Measuring Growth

What is more valuable: a small group member, a person in a seat, or a registered parishioner? Culture is changing and so is the way people engage with the local parish. In this breakout, we’ll explore what Nativity does to measure growth in an increasingly changing world.

Small Groups for Adults: Getting Started

One of the strongest ways we grow in faith is relationally in adult small groups. They are our schools for discipleship, our plan for fellowship, and our delivery system for pastoral care. And there are several positive side effects from starting a Small group program at your parish, which extend into the weekend and beyond. Life is better connected!

Engaging Parents: Sacramental Prep & Spiritual Growth

The early and adolescent sacraments give us some of the most beautiful moments and ultimately set the foundation for spiritual growth and excitement. Spend time with our kid and student teams talking about how Nativity does sacramental prep for baptism, first reconciliation, first communion and confirmation.

Creating a Worship Culture

The music we play at Mass and the worship culture we’re creating brings people into an even closer relationship with our heavenly Father. Learn more about enhancing the beauty of your Liturgy and the celebration of the Eucharist through the music program within your parish and the amazing “come back” experience it can create.

Improving Your Communication from the Altar

The celebrant is not the only one who delivers a message each weekend. Musicians, lectors, lay leaders and sometimes many others play a role in what your congregation walks away with after time spent at Mass. This breakout will examine the moments in Mass when important communication is happening, offer lessons on how to improve communication for laypeople, provide tips for more effective announcements, and more.

Unleashing the Power of Your Mission Partners

Food pantries, clothing drives, and canned goods collections – often done with the right intention but are we truly helping or hurting our mission field? Join us for a frank and honest missions discussion on establishing deeper partnerships that empower vulnerable populations to create lasting and sustainable change.

The Principles of Hiring and Firing

The secret to building a strong staff team is hiring great people. But what if the person you hired changes, the role changes, or you realize you hired the wrong person? In order to maintain the integrity of your team, you may need to make a staffing change. In this breakout we’ll discuss some practical steps for building and maintain a great staff team.

Breakouts C

Preaching in a Message Series: How To Get Started

The weekend homily, or message, is one of the most powerful ways to reach your community (especially the unchurched) and move them along the discipleship path. Packaging messages together in a series can be both fun and fulfilling for your church. This breakout will include Nativity’s best practices for series planning as well as practical tips for churches who have never done a series. And, if you’re already preaching in a message series, we’ll have ways for you to take your messages to the next level.

Selling Small Groups to Your Parish: Interactive Workshop

You know that Small Groups are important to the life of your parish. And, those parishioners who engage in Small Groups are more likely to volunteer in ministry and often donate more of their time and resources to support your rebuilding efforts. But you need to get people organized and into Small Groups! Join us we walk through the process to help you create a plan to launch Small Groups in your parish.

Re-Inventing Your Welcome

Hospitality lies at the heart of a successful church’s mission to grow and make disciples. No matter where you are in the rebuilding process, continually improving the welcome you extend, particularly to first time visitors, is crucial to the health of your church. In this breakout we will explore how to evaluate your current welcome and discuss ways to introduce simple and effective improvements. 

Behind the Scenes: Technology

Nativity embraces and welcomes technology in all forms. We’ve taken a very strategic look at how technology can enhance the parishioner experience and ultimately, help us find the lost. In this session our technology team will cover the latest tech updates at Nativity and answer your questions.

Unwritten Rules of Your Staff Culture

Every church staff has a culture, and as Peter Drucker said, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” This means you can ignore it or leverage it. Either way, it will be present and its presence will affect your rebuilding efforts. In this breakout we will discuss how culture is affecting our parishes and how we can affect our staff culture.

Leveraging Digital Communication to Engage Your Parishioners

In an increasingly digital world, how churches leverage social media, websites and other media platforms to engage their community has never been more important. In this session we’ll look at how we keep current, watch and learn from the latest trends and leverage the various media channels to promote who we are through consistent branding. #communicationiscool #whatworksforus #dohashtagswork

Welcoming Families with Special Needs

There’s a segment of your community that desperately wants to come back to church but they’re not sure if their entire family will be welcomed. At Nativity, it’s our mission to create kid friendly environments for all of God’s children. In this session we’ll explore ways that your church can create a loving and welcoming environment for families with children who have special needs.

Leading & Feeding

A session for our visiting clergy and pastoral associates, this is a relaxed and unrehearsed conversation with Fr. Michael, all about his experience of pastoring Church of the Nativity. Nothing is off the table: staffing, budgeting, programming, preaching, even personal care and support. A frank exchange among brother priests.

Breakouts D

It’s Still All About the Weekend, Stupid!

What if you could create a weekend experience that parishioners and guests really want but never request? You can! With hospitality as the backdrop, we’ll explore practical tips that can inspire you and your team to set the stage for guests to come back again and again.

The Nativity Creative Process

Our churches need to be creative. The timeless truths of the Gospel demand to be presented in compelling and engaging ways to reach our culture today. This breakout will explore Nativity’s creative process and discuss ways in which we work to reinforce the main point of each message as well as create ministry environments that are fresh, relevant and excellent.

Clergy and Lay Collaboration: Working Together

In the Church we’re facing a growing shortage of priests; what could a stronger role of lay people look like? Clergy and lay people complement each other and the current challenges could lead us to consider new ways of caring for our parishioners and managing the day-to-day responsibilities in our parish. We will discuss how lay people can effectively participate in pastoral work along with clergy.

Creating and Delivering Great Student Messages

Speaking to middle and high school students every week is intimidating. How can we do it well with all of the other responsibilities we have? What are a few key things that will ensure success? In this breakout we’ll explore what we’ve learned about creating and delivering clear, compelling messages for students.

Volunteers Aren’t Free

Our weekend environments would be nothing without the volunteer ministers that bring every aspect of the process to life. Their investment of leadership, time, and skills is invaluable. In this breakout we’ll talk about the principles and tactics that help us build and maintain strong ministry teams and we’ll outline a vision for how you can build an army of ministry leaders.

Creating an Online Small Group Community

When building an adult small group program, inevitably you’ll encounter people who are interested and willing but due to travel schedules or life circumstances they’re unable to attend a weekly small group meeting. That’s where online small groups come in. Join us as we share our online small group strategies and how we’re reaching this new segment within our parish community.

The Next Generation: Generation Z

Baby Boomers, Generation Y, Millennial’s…what’s next? Generation Z. The kids in your elementary programs are very unique in many cultural ways and if we want to reach them, we need to know more about them. In this session we’ll explore characteristics of Generation Z, what their needs are, how they learn and some best practices to engage this latest generation.

Monday April 27 – Early Experience

Back for 2020, join us early before the conference starts in a casual and conversational environment to share and ask questions of Nativity staff and volunteer leaders. This is your chance to make direct connections with the Nativity team. Learn all about what we do, why we do it, and how Nativity executes our vision. Select your Early Bird ticket at registration and pick two items from the menu, one for each session. The first session will go from 3 to 3:45. The second session will go from 4 to 4:45.

All options are available during either session. Space is limited for roundtables.

Join us for the Early Experience before the conference starts on Monday, April 27th at 3pm.

Additional $49 ticket purchase required to attend Early Experience.


Administration and Operations


Student Programs

Adult Small Groups

Kids Programs

Ministry Programs & Volunteers


Based on the book ChurchMoney written by Fr. Michael and Tom Corcoran, this workshop will focus on transforming how your parish talks about money.

Redesign Your Website
First impressions are everything in todays culture.  Your website is the new “front door” for any person that wants to attend your church for the first time.  In this workshop, we will outline the key principles in jump-starting your website redesign. No coding required!


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