This week we have a recap of the recent Rebuilt 2018 Conference held at Church of the Nativity in Timonium, MD. In segment one I had a chance to interview Rebuilt co-author and Church of Nativity pastor, Father Michael White on site about the days events. Co-author Tom Corcoran and I chatted recently to round out this episode on the mission of Rebuilt, how parishes can take advantage of the lessons learned by Church of Nativity and their book Rebuilding Your Message: Practical Tools to Strengthen Your Preaching and Teaching (Rebuilt Parish Book).
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Michael White earned his bachelor’s degree from Loyola University Maryland and his graduate degrees in sacred theology and ecclesiology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. After being ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, he worked for five years as personal secretary to Cardinal William Keeler, who was then archbishop. During that time, White served as the director of the papal visit of Pope John Paul II to Baltimore.
During White’s tenure as pastor at Church of the Nativity, the church has almost tripled in weekend attendance. More importantly, commitment to the mission of the Church has grown, evidenced by the significant increase of giving and service in ministry, and much evidence of genuine spiritual renewal. White is the coauthor of Rebuilt—which narrates the story of Nativity’s rebirth—Tools for Rebuilding, and Rebuilding Your Message.
Tom Corcoran received his bachelor’s degree from Loyola University Maryland and studied theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville. 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.
Corcoran is associate to the pastor and is responsible for weekend message development, strategic planning, and staff development. He is the coauthor of Rebuilt
—which narrates the story of Nativity’s rebirth—Tools for Rebuilding
, and Rebuilding Your Message
. When he is not working, Corcoran enjoys spending time with his wife, Mia, and their seven children, who are homeschooled in Parkville, Maryland.
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