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Divine Renovation: From a Maintenance to a Missional Parish by [Mallon, Fr. James]
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Highly acclaimed for his work with parish renewal and the New Evangelization, Fr. James Mallon shares with us the many ways for bringing our parishes to life. Through humorous and colourful stories, Mallon challenges us to rethink our models of parish life, from membership-based communities to assemblies of disciples of Jesus who proclaim and share the good news with all peoples. Accessible and engaging, Divine Renovation turns to the Church’s many writings on evangelization and mission so as to articulate practical ways for injecting new life into our parishes. Pastors and parish ministers will be inspired by this book and turn to it for many years to come.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2717 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Novalis (1 September 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00STY10G2
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #67,521 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read! 21 October 2014
By Patrick Molyneaux - Published on
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I have been involved in helping create environments inside Catholic structures that foster the "New Evangelization" for nearly 15 years. My experience has been with parishes and lay apostolates. The lack of good models to copy is frustrating. Divine Renovation might be the best book I have read for practical implementation of proven best practices. It is a must read for anyone who hopes to see their parish implement the reforms Pope Francis calls for in Evangelii Gaudium, and move from maintenance to missionary discipleship. I found this book to be more helpful than many of the popular Catholic best sellers on this topic. Father Mallon's highly intentional (and successful) focus on the encounter piece (personal friendship with Jesus) is what differentiates this book from others like it. Rebuilding a parish without a highly intentional focus on encountering Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit is like building a house on sand (Matthew 7:26). Buy as many copies as you can and give them away!!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Time to Turn Things Around 9 December 2014
By Jeffery P. Lorig - Published on
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Exactly what needs to be talked about in our parishes and dioceses. This isn't about being conservative or liberal. This book is about being missionary. It's about living out the Great Commission. This needs to be the vision for our parishes. This book helps explain how any parish can live out Pope Francis' dream for the Church which has become turned in on herself. "I dream of a “missionary option”, that is, a missionary impulse capable of transforming everything, so that the Church's customs, ways of doing things, times and schedules, language and structures can be suitably channeled for the evangelization of today’s world rather than for her self-preservation." (Evangelli Gauduim, no. 27)

I'm a pastor and have been a priest for 10 years. This book was absolutely inspiring. Why were we not talking about these things in the seminary?

I have a few lay people reading the book and they are beginning to see the vision and have found it to be an amazing, fascinating read. Recommended for anyone discontent with the lack of intentional disciples in their parish.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Incredibly Helpful, Theologically Rich--AND Practical Read 23 March 2015
By Bruce Farley - Published on
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I'm a Protestant Christian--so appreciating the heart, insight, desire to learn from the entire body of Christ, and both theological and practical wisdom--that my dear evangelical Catholic brother Father James Mallon displays. This is a book that all church leaders can learn from. In my work for Alpha I'm recommending it to every parish looking at or considering doing Alpha. The CHURCH (every community of faith that calls on the name of Christ) needs divine renovation and reviving--this book is a HUGE step in the right direction.
5.0 out of 5 stars You Need To Read This Book 7 November 2016
By T. E. Salapatek - Published on
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Even as I perceive our culture collapsing on so many facets --- and knowing not what to do except to pray --- Pastor James Mallon saw his newly-assigned parish as being confused about even the most basic purpose of a church building: “We don’t need to know about Jesus; what we need is cards!” This book is the story of how Fr. Mallon confronted the collapsing Catholic Church culture and, sometimes by trial and error, persisted to build a parish focused on Jesus’ missionary message: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations … teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you” (Mt 28:19-20). Focusing his successes, this book is a how-to manual for changing your dying parish into the lively, loving community it was meant to be.

In his new parish, Fr. Mallon initially saw parents come to have their babies baptized, and never come back. He saw teens receive Confirmation --- on their last-ever visit to a church. And he saw the weekly rush out the door before his Sunday masses even ended --- and he resolved to change this culture in his parish. And remarkably, to a large degree he did.

Reading this review I know you are thinking right now: “Man, what a lot of work!” No, what a lot of fun! Fr. Mallon found that his parishioners yearned to have a relationship with Jesus, and with their neighbors. They didn’t want to come to a one-hour mass with strangers; they wanted to meet and worship and do things with friends and neighbors. And once they learned (or remembered) how much they enjoyed making new friends, their life became more full, with their new-found family.

You and your pastor need to read this book, and begin making changes in your parish. Now!

I know of this book and this program because I am seeing these changes beginning in my own parish, and I am excited.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspired 24 December 2014
By Steve T - Published on
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This is a great book to read after Forming Intentional Disciples by Sherry Weddel. Fr. Mallon's perspective as a parish priest provides a rich insight into how God is going to revive the Catholic Church!