Total Parish Development Understanding, Organizing and Implementing Your Plan for an Engaged Catholic Community

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Understanding, Organizing and Implementing Your Plan for an Engaged Catholic Community
Total Parish Development

There are plenty of fund-raising companies that can teach you how to write letters and increase your offertory giving. But after thirty years of working hands-on with parishes and Catholic schools, Frank Donaldson has learned over and over that the greatest challenge we face in our parishes really isn’t just raising money. The greatest challenge is setting up a successful Catholic Parish Development system, one that will invite and involve people and move your parish to total parish development—money included.

In this enlightening book, Donaldson shows us the way build that system. He begins with the basics: understanding the difference between development, stewardship, and evangelization. With refreshing honesty and humor, he encourages us to rethink the way we welcome and engage people, and he offers a doable step-by-step organizational planning process—grounded in real parish life and already tested and refined in parishes across the country.

Filled with practical ideas, lessons, tips, and tools, this book is an essential resource for everyone involved in building a vibrant Catholic parish today.

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Format: Paperback book
Product code: TT854832
Dimensions: 6" x 9"
Length: 176 pages
Twenty-Third Publications
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Written by Frank Donaldson


Donaldson's book is more than theory. It offers the reader practical best practices that will make a difference for reinvigorating parish life today.
SISTER ANGELA ANN ZUKOWSKI, MHSH, D.MIN., Professor, Department of Religious Studies, The Institute for Pastoral Initiatives, University of Dayton


Frank Donaldson is the president of ISPD, a national Catholic Development consulting firm. He has consulted with hundreds of Catholic parishes and dioceses and teaches online classes in Parish Development through the University of Dayton.