Engagement

Fostering Communion, Working Together
Parish / Diocese | Level 0
Zeni Fox, 2017 Nexus Keynote Speaker

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI said that laypersons must be "truly recognized as 'co-responsible' for the Church's being and action." How is co-responsibility fostered? This workshop will explore strategies to foster collaboration with staffs, ministry groups, and parishioners.

 

Characteristics of a Stewardship Parish
Parish / Diocese | Level 0
Julie Kenny, ParishSOFT

This workshop will follow the Seven Steps to Stewardship Success as outlined by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in the 10th Anniversary Edition of the Bishop’s Pastoral Letter on Stewardship, and will include best practices as well as practical and proven ideas from seasoned stewardship parishes.

 

Love Conquers All
Parish / Diocese | Level 0
Alan Terlap, ParishSOFT

Most church growth efforts have one problem: they’re designed to grow the church. If church growth is the primary goal, then the good of the people who come into the church becomes a means to an end. The first step to authentic witness to others is a genuine and wholehearted concern for their good—in other words, true love of neighbor. Once that love of neighbor is present, everything else falls into place. This is a brief conversation about what it looks like to put love at the center of evangelism and outreach.

 

Finding Your Charism
Parish / Diocese | Level 0
Alan Terlap, ParishSOFT

Research in all fields show that communities of any size thrive when they have a clear understanding of their purpose and vision. In Catholic tradition, this idea is expressed as “charism,” the distinctive gifts and calling of a particular community within the larger Church. Charism is a way for a community to identify a distinctive purpose while deepening an understanding of their connection to the Church as a whole.

 

Communicate Smarter Using Online Forms and Integrated Marketing
Parish / Diocese | Level 0
Annette Gannon, ParishSOFT

Technology has changed over the years. To communicate with parishioners and the community, you need to use the latest in online forms and integrated marketing. In this class, we will demonstrate how you can use online forms to simplify the registration and follow-up process for parish events and meetings. You will also learn a simple step-by-step process to reach your parishioners with personalized messages and content across both traditional and digital communication channels, including: email, social media, and mobile marketing.

 

Parish Stewardship: Contribution Statements Are More Than an Annual Tax Receipt
Parish / Diocese | Level 0
Elaine Tank, ParishSOFT

While the end-of-year contribution statement provides your parishioners with a receipt for their tax purposes, these statements can also be a powerful stewardship tool. Explore ways to utilize contribution statements throughout the year to challenge, motivate, teach, and thank your parishioners.

 

Growing a Parish of Missionary Disciples Through Relational Ministry
Parish / Diocese | Level 0
Lisa Sliker, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Archdiocese of Baltimore

Humans connect in deep and meaningful ways unlike any other being. The way connect with each other way two or more people connect represents our relationship. Guided by the Great Commandment and directed through the Great Commission we know God's desire for how our relationships are to be ordered and what we are called to do. In this workshop, we will look at relational ministry, efforts to nurture relational ministry through small faith-based communities, a sample parish growth plan, as well as examples to help grow a parish of missionary disciples.

 

Ask an Executive: Open Forum for Diocesan & Parish Staff
Parish / Diocese | Level 0
Tim Sember and Mike Cusick, ParishSOFT

Join ParishSOFT's General Manager and Vice President of Sales & Marketing for an open forum to discuss your most pressing questions. If you've wondered what ParishSOFT's vision for product development looks like going forward, what role you play in determining product direction, how ParishSOFT's internal changes will affect your parishes — this is your opportunity to get answers. Questions can be submitted prior to the conference, as well as asked at the workshop.