Welcome to the New Year, friends! I am excited to announce that in just a few short weeks, my newest book—A Church on the Move: 52 Ways to Get Mission and Mercy in Motion—will be available!
If the New Evangelization is to have any hopes of success, our parishes must experience a radical revitalization. In order to accomplish this, however, we do not have to implode our parishes and rebuild them from scratch. In my new book, I present 52 practical and realistic ways to put into motion the vision of Pope Francis in his Apostolic Letter Evangelii Gaudium, which will result in a Church on the move.
Here’s how the book is described on the Loyola Press website, where you can pre-order your copy now.
Many statistics on the Catholic Church today are sobering, and the future of the Church can seem bleak indeed. The average parish often feels helpless to do anything that might help turn the tide and revitalize the Church.
But best-selling author Joe Paprocki, D.Min. insists that there is good news: with the right plans in place, the Catholic Church—and the local parish specifically—will not only survive, but thrive. A Church on the Move offers 52 practical strategies for moving parishes forward, principally by focusing on the one thing the Church can offer that the world-at-large cannot: Jesus Christ.
Each chapter begins with a quote from Pope Francis, and each helpful strategy falls within one of five key categories: how a Church on the move thinks, functions, worships, forms disciples, and engages the world. Every chapter takes an honest look at a particular problem in the Church before moving to a creative, redemptive, and achievable solution.
A Church on the Move brings to the parish level the great themes of Pope Francis’s papacy—mission, mercy, and evangelization—and replaces despair with a profound hope for the future of the Catholic Church.