The Pew Research Center recently reported that 26 percent of Catholics are giving less because of the sex abuse crisis and reports of misconduct against priests and bishops. That makes the already difficult task of raising money for churches and bishop’s appeals much more challenging.
Rev. Michael White and Tom Corcoran—award-winning authors of the Rebuilt Parish series—know from twenty years leading Church of the Nativity in Timonium, Maryland, that it’s no fun working in a parish struggling to pay the bills. Without money, you can’t hire staff to provide the programs you want to offer. You constantly have to beg parishioners to give. You grow frustrated and angry when they fail to respond.
Does this sound familiar?
In ChurchMoney, White and Corcoran will help you learn the basic skills you need to discover that true success in raising funds comes from the incredibly freeing approach that connects giving to discipleship.
The two share their stories of success and failure. They tell us what they learned to meet the real financial challenges of their mission. They offer the practical wisdom and inspiration you need to tackle the thorny matter of raising money in your Catholic parish.
White and Corcoran share the lessons, facts, habits, and great ideas they’ve implemented from some of the most successful and vibrant churches in the United States. ChurchMoney offers a proven plan for raising money in parishes. It’s readily adaptable, firmly rooted in the reality of leading a Catholic parish, based on the Bible, and finessed with the best advice of communication professionals.
You will read stories of embarrassing failure and exhilarating success in tripling a budget and running three extraordinarily successful capital campaigns over a ten-year period including their most recent campaign leading to the construction of $16 million sanctuary built debt free. They have increased staff fourfold and significantly raised salaries and increased staff benefits while expanding mission outreach both locally and internationally.
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Imprint: Ave Maria Press
Rebuilt Parish Books
“I love this book!”
“I love this book! Fr. Michael White and Tom Corcoran offer a powerful reminder that it is not what God wants from us but what God wants for us by connecting money to building our relationship with God, to our parish community, and to those we seek to bring into a personal and ongoing encounter with Christ.”
Former CFO for the Archdiocese of Baltimore
“A trustworthy compass.”
“The genius of ChurchMoney is in the authenticity and generosity of Fr. Michael White and Tom Corcoran in sharing their real experiences and learning. They provide a trustworthy compass to help pastors and parish teams focus on what is most important in the funding of our parishes.”
Fr. Thom Mahoney
Pastor of New Roads Catholic Community
“This book is such a blessing.”
“This book is such a blessing. As a pastor seeking to change culture, sow mission, and build vision, I found ChurchMoney a tremendous help bringing together various elements of parish finances: culture, education of the community, cultivation of donors, hints for fundraising, along with the authors’ personal insights. Scriptural references, spiritual and pragmatic guidelines, and practical steps guided me to a new level of comfort and confidence in understanding and approaching money as a tool to help us in the making of disciples.”
Msgr. Robert J. Jaskot
Pastor of the Pastorate of Saint Francis–Saint Mary–Holy Family
“An insightful book.”
“Michael White and Tom Corcoran invite us to rethink Catholic giving by sharing crucial lessons from personal experience of moving their parish’s fundraising approach from one of obligatory tithing to true, inspired stewardship. What an insightful book for both pastors and lay leaders to use in growing a thriving parish which transforms lives and builds the body of Christ.”
Chief Development Officer
Leadership Roundtable on Church Management