Presentations Catered to Parish Needs

We understand that parishes utilize a wide variety of activities and events to cater for the needs of their parishioners. With this in mind, we create presentations geared to the specific needs of an event. If there is a subject that we would not feel confident in presenting, then we would let you know this at the time of your request.

We are very committed to achieving goals with our presentations. It isn’t enough to show up and give a talk. We will ask you to define “what do you want to accomplish with this event?” We frequently receive requests from parishes to speak to a specific issue they recognize as a problem. Their belief is that if they simply address the issue (like not taking your children to Mass), the people will respond and do the desired behavior. While it is tempting to believe that this will work, our experience has taught us that this method no longer works.

Why not?

You are asking people to make some sacrifice based on rules and guilt. This is no longer the case. We have these issues because we have failed to effectively evangelize our children, and they have grown up living a faith of obligation, not love. People will sacrifice for love, not obligation!

We say this to acknowledge the fact that before we can address some of the more mature faith issues, we must first go back and evangelize them so that they have what they need to grow into maturity – a viable relationship with JESUS!

The New Evangelization is a call to evangelize our own parishioners, within our pews. This is not about reaching out beyond our churches to the larger community right now. That has to come but only after we have resolved the issues within our parishes. So many of the problems we recognize must be dealt with in a step by step process. Like children, you can’t teach a child to walk if they have not been born yet…

We can’t expect parishioners to live authentic mature discipleship when they have never been evangelized. Therefore, if you desire to have NEM speak at your parish event, it is important all have a clear understanding of the purpose of the event and the specific talk you desire to be given.

What Else Does NEM Have to Offer Your Parish?

Eradicating Parish Lethargy
It seems that every year parish missions come and go with little to no real intention, other than leadership saying, “this is what we do every year.” How would you like to have a mission that accomplishes more than to have parishioners saying that it was good or bad? How would you like to have a mission that is combined with a process that will evangelize, train, and provide resolute vision?

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Parish Leadership Training on Vision
One of the major obstacles for parish implementation of the New Evangelization is the absence of a unified vision. Most members of a parish staff have never had any serious training on evangelization or discipleship. They are a group of individuals who come from different backgrounds, different home parishes, and different ministry experiences. Each has his or her own view or understanding of what evangelization and discipleship are, but often they work only within their own ministry and agenda…

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Pastoral Plan Development
One of the vital elements needed to provide for the spiritual needs of the parish is an infrastructure within which to do so. These systems are most often found within programs that parishes purchase from publishers or ministries. For example, a youth ministry program might use Life Teen, which provides the “how-to” (structure or infrastructure) to distribute the catechetical material to teens. Parishes like these programs because they are user-friendly. While this makes perfect sense in one way, it often causes problems as well…

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Volunteer Training
Because parishes come in distinctive sizes and with different needs, NEM also provides various forms of volunteer training. With almost 30 years of parish ministry experience, we can train volunteers in the relational ministry methods used for discipleship development. We are equipped to help form your volunteers in youth ministry, catechist training, and adult small group facilitation…

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Parish Staff Retreats
Very often one of the ways the enemy attacks the parish staffs today is to make them so busy “doing ministry” that they do not have time to pray. Reminding a parish staff of the call to pray always and attending to this critical discipline can help ministers revitalize their strength, avoid burnout, and continue to lead them into deeper Holy Spirit-led ministry…

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Parent Training
Parents today are a part of the “Lost Generations” that were formed post-Vatican II. The results of their formation lead them to make decisions for their children’s religious formation that are not meeting their real desire—to bring them up in the faith. Providing training for parents is an excellent way to help them to become the sound primary catechist the Church desires them to be. However, they cannot give what they do not have…

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