Tom Corcoran has served Church of the Nativity in a variety of roles that give him a unique perspective on parish ministry and leadership. First hired as a youth minister, Corcoran has also served as coordinator of children’s ministry and director of small groups. He is lay associate to the pastor and is responsible for weekend message development, strategic planning, and staff development.
Father Michael White and Corcoran are coauthors of the bestselling Rebuilt Parish series, including the award-winning Rebuilt—which led to the CatholicTV series The Rebuilt Show hosted by White and his lay associate, Tom Corcoran—Tools for Rebuilding, Rebuilding Your Message, and The Rebuilt Field Guide. They have spoken at parishes and conferences such as the Los Angeles Religious Education Conference throughout the United States and at diocesan gatherings in Austria, Australia, Canada, Ireland, and Poland. They have been guests on EWTN, CatholicTV, Salt + Light Television, and numerous Catholic radio programs.
The weekend represents the greatest opportunity to make an impact on people. It is the best opportunity to reach the Lost and get people on the discipleship path. In this podcast we will look at the three things you absolutely need to get right in order to create a great weekend experience.
In this episode we will look at the first core strategy of a Rebuilt Parish – reaching the lost. Healthy growing parishes are going to have the same concern for Lost People that Jesus did. In this episode we will look at steps you can take to create a church that is attractive to outsiders.
Growing a healthy parish rests on three simple, but not easy strategies that any parish can employ. In this episode we will look at the core strategies that have driven the transformation of our parish and offer some action
As parish staff workers we are going to get offended and hurt by others. Some offense will come through criticism from parishioners and others by staff members and volunteers. This episode looks at how to deal well with these offenses so we can last the long haul in ministry.
Mission work or outreach to people outside our parish reminds us that the Church is to make an impact on the world. While as parishes we can get stuck in simply caring for members or creating programs for church people, the reality is that most people want to belong to something bigger than themselves. They want to be part of a church that is changing and transforming the world. In this episode, we will look at the basics of our missions program and give some practical steps for getting started in you parish.