Why Parish Revitalization and this Conference are needed
The vital statistics of our contemporary parish life have been steadily declining, and it is clear that what has worked in former times no longer is working in today’s culture. However, Pope Francis writes in the “The Joy of the Gospel” that the solution is to form joyful missionary disciples and adopt an outreach focus in parish life. Parish models have now demonstrated practical applications that are working effectively, so our conference and follow up networking are needed to spread this vision and implement it.
The NorthEast Parish Revitalization Conference (NEPRC) will provide pastors and parish leadership teams ideas and tools that will help them transforming parishes and making missionary disciples. The NEPRC is being held on February 15, 2018 at the Mass Mutual Center in Springfield, MA with a second optional day on February 16.
Introducing Fr. James Mallon
Why you should attend the Conference
Father James Mallon is the Episcopal Vicar for Parish Renewal and Leadership Support for the Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. Although, now former pastor of Saint Benedict Parish in Halifax, he still is very much a part of this faith community.
Father James is also the author of the best-selling book Divine Renovation: From A Maintenance To A Missional Parish, an engaging guide for parishes seeking to cultivate vibrant and dynamic faith communities centered on missionary discipleship. In 2016, Father James also authored the Divine Renovation Guidebook, a step by step manual for transforming a parish.
The message of Divine Renovation has resonated in the hearts of hundreds of pastors and the laity throughout the world. It has inspired and motivated them to act and seek help in transforming their own faith community. To answer their needs, the Divine Renovation Ministry was created. Father James dedicates half his time to serve the broader church in his role with this ministry.
Fr. James Mallon will give four keynote presentations based on the four essentials that we have identified in parish transformation: Leadership, Discipleship, Transformative Prayer, and Evangelization using Alpha. These four talks will be accompanied by witnesses and a variety of practical experiences modeling the “Divine Renovation” experience at St. Benedict’s in Halifax.
The next day (optional), Fr. James is giving a keynote at the Vision NE “Go Conference” and there will be two interactive workshops focused on implementing this vision as well as other keynotes and workshops.
Get a first "taste" of what to expect at the conference by watching the recording of Fr. James Mallon's August 14, 2017 Webinar. Fr. Mallon discussed during this webinar ALPHA as his preferred tool for evangelization. Click here to watch this recording.