In mid-April, The Amazing Parish held its fifth conference in the past two years in conjunction with the Archdiocese of Detroit.  It included speakers Patrick Lencioni (co-founder of The Amazing Parish), Jeff Cavins (creator of The Great Adventure Catholic Bible Study), Matt Manion (President of the Catholic Leadership Institute), Fr. Michael White and Tom Corcoran (authors of Rebuilt), Fr. James Mallon (author of Divine Renovation), Curtis Martin (President and Founder of FOCUS), and Sr. Regina Marie Gorman (Vicar General of the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart).  The event brought in over 1100 participants from 226 parishes.

 

Detroit Conference 1From the Archdiocese of Detroit alone, over 200 parishes in the diocese participated in the conference.  Archbishop Vigneron and Bishop Byrnes, who invited The Amazing Parish, stayed for the whole conference.  Matthew Rudolph, the Manager of Parish Support for The Amazing Parish, thought that their presence and ongoing support during the conference really made a statement to all the parishes.  He said it was a highlight of the conference to see parishes from the same diocese collaborating together.  “There was a certain energy there…all the parishes were really working hard to revitalize parish life in their diocese.”

Detroit Conference 3One part of the conference that really impacted attendees was the focus on prayer.  Parish teams prayed together and many attended the adoration and confession made available. “There was a sense of recognition of how much they need to rely on prayer in order to lead their parish.  When a parish leadership team prays together, they rely on God to give them vision and direction for their parish.”

 

As far as the leadership principles The Amazing Parish teaches to parishes, Matthew said, “It was a breath of fresh air and really what they needed…parishes were able to really sit down with their teams for two whole days and have honest conversation, work on building trust with each other, and figure out what is next for their parish.”  A lot of parishes are heading back with the intention of building a leadership team focused around The Amazing Parish principles.  And they’ll have the continued support of The Amazing Parish team who is already planning a follow-up webinar in May.  Matthew said The Amazing Parish team hopes to use the webinar and other follow-up services to “re-energize parishes, reinforce the things that they learned, and continue to support them.”