Leadership Bibliography

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I was recently asked by a colleague to help put together a list of some resources for lay leaders in the Church. What I put together is by no means complete, but it does include a number of resources that I have found extremely helpful in the six years I have served as a catechetical leader in our diocese.

In the interest of sharing, here’s the list I supplied:

Books

Websites

Films

  • 12 Angry Men (dir. by Sidney Lumet, 1957)
  • Amazing Grace (dir. by Michael Apted, 2006)
  • Apollo 13 (dir. by Ron Howard, 1995)
  • Chariots of Fire (dir. by Hugh Hudson, 1981)
  • Chicken Run (dir. by Peter Lord and Nick Park, 2000)
  • Jiro Dreams of Sushi (dir. by David Gelb, 2011)
  • Mr. Holland’s Opus (dir. by Stephen Herek, 1995)
  • Office Space (dir. by Mike Judge, 1999)

What leadership resources have you found helpful in your ministry?

Canned Programs and the Person of the Catechist

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Recently the members of our department have been looking at and reviewing some of the new Confirmation programs that have been making the rounds. (We’ll be publishing some general thoughts and recommendations in the coming months; I’ll be sure to share them here on my blog.) One trend I’ve noticed is that all the programs […]

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7 Sources for Parish Social Media Content

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Whenever I talk about parishes’ use of social media I always try to point out that a Facebook page, Twitter account, or Instagram profile won’t do much good if isn’t being updated regularly with new content. Fresh content shows that your serious about reaching our with new media and worth following. But creating content isn’t […]

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Come On Up to the House – My Guest Post For Margaret Felice

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Today I’m honored to have a guest post over at the indefatigable Margaret Felice’s blog. Margaret is a religion teacher by day and opera singer by night; she’s hosting a series of guest posts highlighting favorite songs that have a spiritual significance to the authors. The song I chose, “Come On Up to the House” […]

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Defeating the World by Embracing the Cross: Under the Influence Of Jesus Blog Tour

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One of the great gifts of the New Evangelization is the reminder that, as disciples of Jesus Christ, we are called to evangelize the culture because, like us, it is in need of conversion. Christians, we know, are called to live, work, and play within the world without taking on the attitudes and habits of […]

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Win a Copy of Joe Paprocki’s New Book!

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Today I’m very pleased to be part of a blog tour for Joe Paprocki’s new book Under the Influence of Jesus: The Transforming Experience of Encountering Christ. Joe’s book is a great primer on the Christian life and what it means to “take up our cross” and follow Jesus. (It also includes a reference to Star […]

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Notes – How to Host Online Meetings

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Today at the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership convention in St. Louis I am offering a breakout session demonstrating three methods for holding online meetings. Below are my slides, notes, and additional resources for those who may be interested. Slides Notes The notes for this presentation are available as a PDF file. Other Resources Manager […]

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Notes – Growing in Holiness Through Middle Management

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Today at the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership convention in St. Louis I am offering a breakout session on holiness and management. Below are my slides, notes, and additional resources for those who may be interested in living out their vocation as a catechetical leader. Slides Notes The notes from this presentation are available in […]

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Thom Rainer’s Autopsy of a Deceased Church: 12 Ways to Keep Yours Alive (based on this post from his blog) is a short but penetrating look at the symptoms indicating a sick church community. The book is based on interviews Rainer conducted with representatives from 12 closed churches. Through these interviews he identified various patterns and […]

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Cardinal Wuerl’s NCEA Keynote: A Way of Seeing the World

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Two weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend the NCEA conference in Pittsburgh. I had a great time meeting up with Twitter friends old and new, attending great breakout presentations, and giving my own breakout on Catholic schools. The highlight of the conference was an outstanding keynote address by Donald Cardinal Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, […]

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