Tools for Rebuilding

75 Really, Really Practical Ways to Make Your Parish Better
Author: Michael White
Author: Tom Corcoran

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Format: Paperback

Publication date: November 25, 2013

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Fr. Michael White and Tom Corcoran know that the fundamental work of the Church is to evangelize—to introduce people to Christ and make them disciples. Still, they’re the first to admit: “the difficulty comes when we reach down into the details and get to work.” In their barn-burning first book, Rebuilt, White and Corcoran shared their story and vision of building better Catholic parishes. Now, in their eagerly anticipated second book, Tools for Rebuilding, they lay out seventy-five proven tactics for getting the job done.

In Tools for Rebuilding: 75 Really, Really Practical Ways to Make Your Parish Better, White and Corcoran share seventy-five foundational tactics that helped to rejuvenate their parish. Their candid, hands-on advice gives a clear way forward—one that will make church matter to the people in the pews and that anyone working in parish ministry can implement.

For additional resources including videos and discussion questions visit the Rebuilt website at

Principles/tactics include:

  • Get the Right People on the Bus
  • Christmas Is Over, So Throw Out the Dead Poinsettias
  • Stop Advertising (Other People’s Stuff) in Your Bulletin
  • Don’t Let the Insiders Take All the Good Seats
  • Just Because It’s Slow Doesn’t Mean It’s Holy
  • When It Comes to First Communion, Just Surrender
  • Funerals Are Scud Missiles
  • Preach the Announcements
  • Start Getting Rid of Fundraisers
  • Everything Takes Longer (Than You Think)
  • Pastor, It’s Not All About You
  • Stop Trying to Make People Go to Church and Make Church Matter

Product Details

Pages: 320

Trim size: 6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 9781594714443

Imprint: Ave Maria Press


  • “Powerful and immensely readable.”

    “This is a powerful and immensely readable field guide for everyone who wants to transform their church. Whether you're the pastor in charge, a part-time volunteer, or one of the numerous individuals that labor in the middle, Tools for Rebuilding is a must-have resource. Implementing even a few of the ideas here could make a huge difference in bringing more people to Christ.”

    Patrick Lencioni
    Author of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

  • “They've done it again!”

    “Alleluia, they've done it again! In Tools for Rebuilding will inspire you, challenge you to your toes, and move you to get to work on the great task of the New Evangelization.”

    Rev. James Mallon
    Author of Divine Renovation

  • “An invaluable resource for parish leaders.”

    “'Rebuild my church' was the charge given to Francis in the thirteenth century, but there was no road map. In our time, Tools for Rebuilding gives precisely that: practical guidelines for evangelization and forming disciples. An invaluable resource for parish leaders.”

    Zeni Fox
    Professor of Pastoral Theology
    Seton Hall University

  • “Practical, tested, and doable.”

    “This book won’t make rebuilding your parish easy, but it will give you practical, tested, and doable steps to help you succeed when you’re ready to work at doing Christ’s mission.”

    Diana Macalintal
    Former Director of Worship
    Diocese of San Jose

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