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, ICSC

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.

 

Ask an Executive: Open Forum for Diocesan & Parish Staff
Parish / Diocese | Level 0
Ministry Brands & ParishSOFT Leadership Team

Join ParishSOFT's General Manager and Leadership Team along with Brad Hill/Mark White from our parent company, Ministry Brands, for an open forum to discuss your most pressing questions.

 

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

The Great Commandment is clear; we were made for relationship with God and with One Another.  In this workshop we will look at a few biblical examples of God's relationship with Man and Man's relationship with one another. From these healthy examples, we will note how relational ministry takes shape, with particular attention on small groups.  Lastly, we will look at five simple practices to help change the climate of your parish from pew warmer to heart conformer as we equip our missionary disciples for the their role in the Great Commission.

 

Unleashing the Leadership Potential of the Pews for the Mission of the Church
Parish / Diocese | Level 0
Lisa Sliker, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Archdiocese of Baltimore

“To bring Faith, Freedom, & the Love of Christ to all."  This is the call of the Vatican to all baptized Catholics.  Yet, we look to our pastors and parish staff to lead the way.  If we continue with this model, our abilities and efforts will certainly be limited.  How do we move past limited resources to beseech all baptized to reach every nation and every person?  What would our world and communities look like if we unleashed the power of talent found in the pews for the mission of the Church. In this workshop, we will look at the power found in everyday leadership, consider what it means to be a leader in the Church and for the Church through ministry and what happens when we align our ministerial works, based on our giftedness, with the five biblical purposes for the Church. Participants will leave with practical concepts and tools to plan a strategy for their parish.