Money and the Church

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Rebuilding the Way We Fund Our Mission
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Tom Corcoran has served Church of the Nativity in Timonium, Maryland, in a variety of roles that give him a unique perspective on parish ministry and leadership. First hired as a youth minister, Corcoran has also served as coordinator of children’s ministry and director of small groups. He is lay associate to the pastor and is responsible for weekend message development, strategic planning, and staff development.

Corcoran is the coauthor of Rebuilt—which narrates the story of Nativity’s rebirth—Tools for Rebuilding, Rebuilding Your Message, and The Rebuilt Field Guide.

Rev. Michael White is a priest of the Archdiocese of Baltimore and pastor of Church of the Nativity in Timonium, Maryland. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Loyola University Maryland and his graduate degrees in sacred theology and ecclesiology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

During White’s tenure as pastor at Church of the Nativity, the church has almost tripled in weekend attendance. More importantly, commitment to the mission of the Church has grown, evidenced by the significant increase of giving and service in ministry, and much evidence of genuine spiritual renewal. White is the coauthor of Rebuilt (which narrates the story of Nativity’s rebirth), Tools for Rebuilding, Rebuilding Your MessageThe Rebuilt Field Guide, ChurchMoney, Messages of Hope, and Messages of Trust.

Latinx Financial Giving and Clergy Responses: The Impact of Relevant Stewardship Frames
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Maureen K. Day, PhD, is the Assistant Professor of Religion and Society at the Franciscan School of Theology and Research Fellow at the Center for Church Management at Villanova University. Committed to young adult ministry, Maureen Day is a member of the Alliance for Campus Ministry, an advisory group to the USCCB’s Secretariat on Catholic Education. With training in both theology and the social sciences, her teaching and research areas include Catholicism, family, social ethics and religion in American civic life. Her writings on American Catholic life appear in both Catholic and academic publications, including an edited collection on vocational discernment among young adult Catholics (Paulist Press) as well as a forthcoming book on American Catholic civic engagement (NYU Press). She has provided her expertise to the Church at both the diocesan and national level, recently co-authoring the report for the USCCB’s 2017 National Study of Catholic Campus Ministry. Her current work includes her role as principal investigator in the 2018 qualitative study of Catholic campus ministers (funded by the USCCB and Religious Research Association) and a diocesan-wide study of Latino Catholic stewardship (funded by Villanova University’s Center for Church Management).

COVID-19’s Impact on Parish Giving: What Should We Do in 2021?
Friday, January 22 at 1:00 PM EDT

Matthew F. Manion, MSCM, is the Faculty Director of Villanova’s Center for Church Management and Master of Science (M.S.) in Church Management degree program. A foremost expert on organizational leadership, he is also a professor of practice in the Management and Operations Department of the Villanova University School of Business. Matt is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business with a B.S. in Economics, and an M.S. in Church Management from Villanova.

Charles E. Zech, PhD, is a professor emeritus at the Villanova School of Business where he taught since 1974. He is the founding director of Center for Church Management and is the author or co-author of 50 articles and 12 books on the topic of church management. He received his B.A. in Economics from St. Thomas University (MN) and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Notre Dame University.