Rebuilding Your Message

Practical Tools to Strengthen Your Preaching and Teaching
Author: Michael White
Author: Tom Corcoran

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Format: Paperback

Publication date: September 4, 2015

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Michael White and Tom Corcoran sparked a firestorm in 2013 with their first book, Rebuilt, the story of how they brought their parish back to life. In Rebuilding Your Message, the award-winning authors now share their carefully honed communication practices to help priests, staff, volunteers, and parishioners better proclaim the irresistible and life-changing Gospel of Jesus Christ at every level.

A parish doesn’t just communicate its mission from the pulpit. Teaching and preaching also happen in classes and small groups, in bulletins, on the church website and social media, and through volunteers who welcome visitors through its doors. In Rebuilding Your Message, Michael White and Tom Corcoran—authors of the bestselling books Rebuilt and Tools for Rebuilding—share dozens of strategies to help Catholic parishes establish and sustain excellent communications.

White and Corcoran believe that every parishioner should be engaged in communicating the Good News of Jesus Christ. The authors push Catholics beyond the status quo with practical help for creating a welcoming church, practicing homilies, and preparing lessons, as well as more complex strategies such as developing a message series that connects all forms of communication to both the liturgical year and the seasons of the local community.

Product Details

Pages: 224

Trim size: 6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 9781594715785

Imprint: Ave Maria Press


  • Every parish leader and engaged Catholic should read this book.”

    “Not only preachers and teachers but every parish leader and engaged Catholic should read this book. White and Corcoran show us how to communicate so that outsiders feel welcome, insiders grow as disciples, and the Good News of Jesus Christ is unmistakably heard. Here are more great tools for the New Evangelization!”

    Most Rev. Thomas Wenski
    Archbishop of Miami

  • “These are two wickedly talented guys who the Church needs more of!”

    “Wisely convinced that what the Church does not need any more of is mediocrity in parish life, White and Corcoran use their creative, innovative style to make the Gospel of Jesus accessible to the people of God. If you’re passionate about finding new ways of messaging and thus building the Kingdom of God in your parish, then this is a must-read. These are two wickedly talented guys who the Church needs more of!”

    Rev. Tom Hurley
    Pastor of Old St. Patrick's Church
    Chicago, Illinois

  • “Take control of your message.”

    “I wish I had read this book eighteen years ago as I was starting out in parish ministry. Read this book, absorb it, and take control of your message!”

    Rev. James Mallon
    Author of Divine Renovation

  • “Eminently practical.”

    “What impresses me most is the eminent practicality of this book. White and Corcoran consider the ministry of the Word from every angle and remind us of facets of this ministry that are often overlooked. If every preacher and teacher took the crafting of their messages as intentionally as they do, the Catholic Church would be a far better place.”

    Ann M. Garrido
    Associate Professor of Homiletics at Aquinas Institute of Theology
    Author of Redeeming Administration

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John S. Marten Program in Homiletics and Liturgics Presentation

Michael White and Tom Corcoran: “Rebuilding a Vital Parish Culture”

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Salt + Light TV Interview

Rev. Michael White and Tom Corcoran appear on Salt + Light TV's Subject Matters.

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