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.
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 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 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 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.
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).
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.
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