Over 100 Parish Teams Attend Amazing Parish Conference

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Parish teams attend conference to learn how to create dynamic parishes.

“Our goal is to build a national movement so that every parish that wants to be amazing will know there is a community of other parishes who want the same thing."

The Amazing Parish conference drew over 600 participants to a two-day conference to hear from nationally-known Catholic speakers how to create dynamic parishes focused on Evangelization and Discipleship.

“We are seeing a tremendous hunger among pastors and parish leaders from across the United States,” said author Pat Lencioni, who helped organize the conference and provided one of the keynotes. “Our goal is to build a national movement so that every parish that wants to be amazing will know there is a community of other parishes who want the same thing."

Conference participants came from 119 different parishes throughout the United States and Canada, each of which brought a team of 3-5 leaders, including their pastor. These parish teams participated in interactive exercises to help them identify a vision and plan for creating an amazing parish.

The conference featured Fr. Michael White and Tom Corcoran (authors of Rebuilt: Awakening the Faithful, Reaching the Lost, and Making Church Matter), Fr. James Mallon (author of Divine Renovation: Moving Your Parish from Maintenance to Mission), Jeff Cavins (creator of The Great Adventure Catholic Bible Study), Lisa Brenninkmeyer (founder of Walking with Purpose, a Catholic Women’s Bible study program), Curtis Martin (President and Founder of FOCUS, the Fellowship of Catholic University Students), Sr. Regina Marie Gorman (Vicar General of the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart), and Matt Manion (President of the Catholic Leadership Institute). Attendees were also treated to a concert by Grammy-nominated recording artist Matt Maher.

This is the fourth Amazing Parish Conference in just one year. Over 1800 participants from approximately 400 parishes have now participated in the conferences.

Conferences are one of three initiatives in the Amazing Parish movement. The other two are a website (http://www.amazingparish.org) with free resources for parishes and a team of trained experts who provide consultation and support to parishes both by phone and on-site.

For more information, please visit http://www.amazingparish.org

Keywords: Amazing Parish, Patrick Lencioni, Rebuilt, Catholic, parish, FOCUS, Matt Maher, Catholic Leadership Institute, James Mallon, Michael White

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