"Is Your Parish Ready to Grow Young?"
October 09 at 2:00 PM EDT
Presenter: Rich Curran
Moderator: Adam Ganucheau
Forming Missional Disciples is more than icebreakers and activities. It requires focused efforts of formation and hands-on training to apprentice young people into the life and mission of Christ and His Church. In this session we will look at the parish organizational structures and support systems necessary to design and implement a multi-faceted ministry that specifically addresses the diverse formation needs of youth and families on a variety of spiritual development levels.
Rich Curran is the founder and executive director of Parish Success Group, a Catholic non-profit organization that provides on-site coaching to parishes and dioceses getting them to grow in size and spiritual depth. Rich is the author of We Lack For Nothing: Five Essentials To Grow the Church. He is a regular presenter at national, regional and diocesan Catholic conferences, school assemblies, parish missions and staff leadership days.
December 18 at 2:00 PM EDT
Presenter: Mike Patim
Moderator: Alison Pope
Much of our time and effort is spent on soul care and spiritual formation of others. But how do we, as ministers, open OUR minds hearts and bodies to create space for God? Near-spiritual experiences are not enough.
Mike has worked in ministry settings since 1984, first as a high school teacher and coach, and then in diocesan ministry for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Since 2003, he has worked full time as a speaker and “faith horticulturist.” Throughout his ministry, Mike Patin has been privileged to speak to groups ranging from 10 to 23,000 in over 130 dioceses in the U.S. and Canada. He has spoken at parish missions, conferences, rallies, retreats, leadership institutes, and in-services, addressing youth, adults, families, clergy, seminarians, school faculties, businesses, athletic teams and hospital staffs. Mike lives in Lafayette, LA, with his wife, Marlene, and his daughter, Megan.