Evangelization is Marketing

Next week, we’ll celebrate the feast of Pentecost, the day the Apostles received the Holy Spirit, and emerged from their locked upper room to spread the Good News throughout the world.  As the song from the Dameans in 1969 told us, “Tell the world a mighty wind has blown!” Over 50 years later…and we still…

The FIRES Framework

This is the 5th of 5 postings that set up the necessary systems framework so that parishes can either grow or, if they are currently growing, be able to manage that growth. Last week’s entry provided an introduction to systems thinking, since we have been conditioned from the time that we began school to think…

The Complexity of Systems Thinking

This is the 4th of 5 articles which set up the necessary systems framework so parishes can either grow or, if they are currently growing, manage that growth. Last week, I offered an overview of the system of systems that has been developed for schools. To review, each of the five systems are identified by…

Catholic Schools and Parishes Share the Same Systemic Structure

Last week, I stated that my complete systemic framework for schools would be discussed; however, I realized that by doing so, I would reveal what I hope to share with schools that are struggling to come to this realization, and this site is to address the corresponding systems related to parishes.  Therefore, I’ll provide an…

A Look at Some Systems

This week’s posting is the 2nd of 5 which sets up some of the systems thinking that’s necessary in order for Catholic parishes today to once again experience growth.  As many experts have asserted, growth is possible even in difficult times…and the time in which we’re living is indeed a difficult one for many…financially and…

A Systems Approach

Rather than jumping right back into the series of weekly insights in the FIRES (Fellowship, Initiation, Revenue Management, Evangelization, and Stewardship) framework of ParishAdvancement, the next five articles will serve as a five-week introduction to the framework of the 21 articles which follow.  These 5 introductory articles will cover these topics: Systems thinking, and the…