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.
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.
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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 chrislowney.com.
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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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