Chris Lowney Aspires to Revitalize the Catholic Church with 'Everyone Leads'

Chris Lowney, author of Everyone Leads: How to Revitalize the Catholic Church. 

Chris Lowney, author of Everyone Leads: How to Revitalize the Catholic Church. 

Chris Lowney is a man with strong faith who has experienced first-hand how the Catholic Church positively impacts the lives of others.  He has also witnessed the significant challenges the Church has faced over the last few decades. With his unwavering faith in the Lord and a commitment to the mission of the Church, he was compelled to write his latest book, Everyone Leads: How to Revitalize the Catholic Church.

According to Lowney, the spiritual needs of many people are not being met, and that fact should be a wake up call for Catholics everywhere. Active parishioners are also getting older. So it is imperative – now more than ever – that parishes find new and creative ways to engage the next generation of young Catholics.  

As his book notes, all active members of the Church, regardless of age, have the ability to inspire real change at their parishes. By working together to reach out to their communities, Catholics can lead, share the faith, and further the mission of the Church.

For those of us who attend mass weekly, it’s not enough for us to contribute only our money and prayers. We also need to contribute our imagination and our ideas.
— Chris Lowney

The way parishes engage its members and the community no longer work as effectively, according to Lowney. The dawn of a new age and a new generation of Catholics require us to change our culture and to see reality in a fresh light.  All Catholics need to be more welcoming both at church and within their daily lives.  “As a community of believers, Catholics need to reach out to people not going to church. We also need to be more entrepreneurial and find ways to work together to reach people that are not attending,” notes Lowney.

In Everyone Leads: How to Revitalize the Catholic Church, Lowney draws on two decades of change-management experience to propose an "EASTeR" strategy of five transformational principles: be entrepreneurial, be accountable, serve, transform, and reach out. Parishioners and staff members will appreciate Everyone Leads for its strategic blueprint on how to effectively reach believers in their local communities.

More About the author

Chris Lowney is a past keynote speaker from the 2016 ParishSOFT Users' Conference and a celebrated author.  He is a one-time Jesuit seminarian, who later served as managing director of J.P. Morgan & Co. on three continents until leaving the firm in 2001. Since then, he has authored five books, including Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads and the bestselling Heroic Leadership, which was a #1 ranked bestseller of the Catholic Book Publishers Association and has been translated into a dozen languages. His latest book is Everyone Leads: How to Revitalize the Catholic Church. Chris currently chairs the board of Catholic Health Initiatives, which is the nation's second largest Catholic healthcare system, with more than 100 hospitals in 19 states. He is a graduate of Fordham University, roots for the New York Mets, and hates the New York Yankees without shame. For more about Chris Lowney, visit

Book summary & How to Order THIS BOOK From Amazon

The Catholic Church is suffering its worst decline in five centuries—a precipitous slide that will turn catastrophic unless reversed by fundamental changes in strategy, culture, and leadership style. Even the inspiring leadership of Pope Francis will not reverse the slide without a strategy for action, from the grassroots through the hierarchy. Bestselling author Chris Lowney, a former Jesuit seminarian and business executive who now chairs one of the world’s largest Catholic ministries, not only outlines the challenges but also maps the path forward in Everyone Leads

After a bracing review of the church’s global struggles—from clergy shortages to declining participation—Lowney draws on two decades of change-management experience to propose an "EASTeR" strategy of five transformational principles: be entrepreneurial, be accountable, serve, transform, and reach out. These five ideas can catalyze profound change in every parish, in how bishops think, and in the roles laypeople play in leading the church. Filled with real-life examples, Everyone Leads outlines strategies that anyone can employ—from the pews to the pulpit—to strengthen the church.

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Introducing 2017 Nexus Keynotes

At every users’ conference we’re inspired by our keynote speakers. Their presentations remind us of the true purpose behind our work. They bring us back to the reality that we serve the Church and that our mission is Christ’s own mission.

This year, we’ll hear from Zeni Fox, Ph.D., and Al Kresta.

Zeni Fox

Zeni Fox

Al Kresta

Al Kresta

Dr. Fox is the author of New Ecclesial Ministry: Lay Professionals Serving the Church, and speaks across the country on lay ministry, lay spirituality, and lay discipleship.

In addition to being a best-selling author, Mr. Kresta is a broadcaster, journalist, President and CEO of Ave Maria Communication, and host of the nationally syndicated Catholic talk show Kresta in the Afternoon. On his show, Mr. Kresta examines all areas of life through the lens of scripture and the teaching of the Church.

We look forward to hearing Dr. Fox’s and Mr. Kresta’s insights into ministry and living the faith. Join us this October in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and be prepared to be inspired!

Learn more about our 2017 keynotes!

Sneak-Backs to Past Workshops

We know that you’re waiting with bated breath for the list of workshops for Nexus 2017. Be assured that our team is hard at work curating the perfect selection of brilliant workshops just for our users.

What goes into creating the perfect schedule of workshops? A big part of it is taking a look at what we’ve offered at previous conferences and evaluating those offerings based on what was well attended, well ranked by attendees, and the topic's relevance moving forward.

While we don’t have the workshop list for you yet (because you can’t rush brilliance), if you want an idea of what our workshop list will look like, sneak a peek back at our workshop list from Nexus 2016. And then register for conference to be the first to know about the 2017 workshop list. It will be worth the wait! We promise!

Register and You Are Automatically Entered into our Early Bird Raffle!

Register by July 15 and you'll be automatically entered into a drawing for your chance to win one of these exciting prizes!

Plus, you will receive our lowest rate: $479. That's a savings of $146 on each individual registration! Registration will open on Monday, March 27, 2017.

  • FREE Hotel Room During the Conference! This includes a FREE upgrade to an executive suite for up to three nights (a $830 value; must be used Sunday, Oct. 22 – Tuesday, Oct. 24).

  • FREE Golf Package (2 available) for up to 4 players at the Ann Arbor Marriott at Eagle Crest (a $150 value).

Don't delay! This raffle will close when the early bird registration ends on July 15, 2017. Winners will be the drawn the week of July 17, 2017. The winners will be contacted personally by phone and email. An annoucement with all winners will be made on the conference website, in a future Nexus email, and on our social media pages once the winners have been contacted. Good luck!

Are You on the Fence? 7 Things to Know about Nexus 2017

Are You on the Fence? 7 Things to Know about Nexus 2017

We just can’t wait to gather with hundreds of our users this October for the highlight of our year—Nexus! The ParishSOFT users’ conference is pretty exceptional, and this year there are a lot of reasons why we’re especially excited to gather with you! If you’re still on the fence about attending, here are 7 things you really should know about Nexus 2017:

1. Conference #10 brings us home to Ann Arbor, Michigan!

For our 10th users’ conference anniversary, we’re coming home! We’re thrilled to welcome you to pure Michigan and the beautiful Ann Arbor area. We’ll be at the Ann Arbor Marriott at Eagle Crest in Ypsilanti on Sunday, October 22 – Wednesday, October 25. Ann Arbor in the fall—nothing better!

2. Bring your priest—Nexus is for everyone!

Whatever your role at your parish or diocese, we’ve got workshops for you at Nexus! Bookkeepers, business managers, religious education coordinators, pastoral associates, IT managers, stewardship coordinators, safe environment administrators (you get the idea)…. all welcome at conference! We have classes for just about everyone, and that includes parish priests. To make it easier for priests to come and learn alongside their staff, we’re continuing our tradition of making attending affordable.

For parishes, one priest may attend for free with one paid staff member. Or if a parish or diocese pays for three registrations from their organization, the fourth registration is free! Plus, registration is only $479 until July 15. Save $146 per person by registering early!

3. Nexus is worth traveling for—users gather from far and wide.

In 2016, users representing more than 60 dioceses came to learn together at Nexus! Some traveled from as far as Bermuda, Alaska, and California.

4. Prepare to be recharged and revitalized.

Year after year, our attendees tell us that the ParishSOFT conference is much more than a software conference. And that is our goal! We celebrate Mass together daily and keynotes are designed to inspire you in your ministry. Nexus is not only uniquely Catholic but also like a spiritual retreat. Just take a look at our testimonials!

5. Workshops go beyond software-know-how.

While many of our classes show you how to use ConnectNow, we also have staff and guest presenters teaching best practices in other areas of your work. Learn about encouraging stewardship, engaging parishioners, utilizing web resources, data security, and so much more!

6. Our favorite part is connecting with you!

Our conference is not about selling you a product. It’s about supporting you in ministry and having an open dialog with our users. Our focus is partnering with you in ministry wherever you are right now.

7. You’ll want to come back for more.

If you haven’t been to a ParishSOFT users’ conference, you need to join us! Many of our attendees come time and time again because there’s always more to learn.

If you are a ParishSOFT user and have not attended this event, you are missing out on the knowledge of the software, ParishSOFT staff, and other users.
— Pauline Starling, Parish Accountant | Diocese of Peoria