Ep. 4: Diving into the Shallow End: The Importance of Shallow Entry Points in Parish Renewal

Money Quote:

“If we are honest . . . we don’t love people enough! —Rachel Espinoza

Episode Summary: Deacon Keith, Executive Director of M3 Ministries, and Kristin Bird, Executive Director of Burning Hearts Disciples, and Rachel Espinoza, Director of Family Faith Formation & Evangelization for St. Clement Parish explore the critical importance of “shallow entry points,” ways in which parishes can help those who are disconnected from Christ and His Church be introduced to Jesus and the Christian community in non-threatening and welcoming ways.

Key Topics:  

1000 Hours Outside Update (Timestamp 6:48)

Meeting People Where They are at as a Parish—Shallow Entry Points (10:21)

Shifting to a More Individualized Approach (16:40)

What Do Shallow Entry Points Look Like? Examples. (25:25)

Changing Perspective: Shallow Entry Points Shouldn’t All Be at the Parish (37:50)

Obstacles to Creating Shallow Entry Points for Parishes (42:20)

Breaking Through the Obstacles (48:55)

What are Some of the Fruits of Using a Shallow Entry Point (52:00)

Resources Mentioned

Sustainable Children’s Ministry: From Last-Minute Scrambling to Long-Term Solutions:  https://amzn.to/2RspRFL

Alpha: www.alphausa.org

Discovering Christ: https://christlife.org/christlife-series/discovering-christ

Following Christ: https://christlife.org/christlife-series/following-christ

Share Christ: https://christlife.org/christlife-series/sharing-christ

Missionary Leadership Academy https://missionaryleadershipacademy.com

Next Steps

Join the M3 Community http://m3catholic.com/m3-community-signup/

Contact Deacon Keith (mailto:keith@keithstrohm.com)

Contact Kristin (mailto:kristin.bird@burningheartsdisciples.org)

Contact Rachel (mailto: respinoza@clement.org)

Ep. 3: No, I Don’t Want Better Donuts: Radical Hospitality as the Foundation for Evangelization

Money Quote:

“All of us are charged with that. It’s not a committee’s job; it’s not your pastor’s job. Everyone of us has to be a person of radical hospitality” —Jane Angha

Episode Summary:

In this episode Rachel, Kristin, and Deacon Keith explore the nature of radical hospitality with Jane Angha, Executive Director of Ministry Blueprints, an apostolate that works with parishes and dioceses to help them live and minister in a more hospitable way. Want to learn how your parish can embrace radical hospitality in practical ways? Then tune in!

Key Topics:                

How Jane Got Started Focusing on Radical Hospitality (Timestamp 9:20)

What Do We Need to Get Started on the Radical Hospitality? (14:09)

Why is Radical Hospitality Essential in Parish Life?  (16:45)

Growing a Heart for the Outsider (31:19)

Helping Parishes Get Through the Overwhelm in Starting (39:15)

Connecting Secular Best Practices of Hospitality to Jesus (52:18)

Resources Mentioned

Ministry Blueprints https://www.ministryblueprints.com/ Missionary Leadership Academy https://missionaryleadershipacademy.com

Next Steps

Schedule a Consultation Session with Jane Angha

https://www.ministryblueprints.com/schedule-appointment

CLICK HERE [INSERT LINK TO RESOURCE] to download Ministry Blueprint’s Hospitality Checklist for your parish!


Join the M3 Ministries Community http://m3catholic.com/m3-community-signup/

Contact Deacon Keith (mailto:keith@keithstrohm.com)

Contact Kristin (mailto:kristin.bird@burningheartsdisciples.org)

Contact Rachel (mailto: respinoza@clement.org)

Podcast Guest, Jane Angha

About Jane:

Jane lives in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin and is the Director of Ministry Blueprints. Jane has mentored and trained youth and young adult leaders for 20 years. She has a bachelor of science in secondary education and religious studies from the University of Wisconsin, and a Master in Theology from St. Norbert College, DePere, Wisconsin. Jane has worked with non-profits, congregations, and dioceses to create new models of ministry and provide innovation workshops and processes to schools and faith communities. In her spare time, Jane loves to write hike, cook, and try out Pinterest DIY projects.

Ep. 2: Breaking Away from Buzzword Bingo: What Does Catholic Parish Renewal Look Like

Money Quote:

“If the only time that people participate in the works of mercy is in the four walls of the parish, then we are not living our life as parish correctly!” —Kristin Bird

Episode Summary:

Deacon Keith, Executive Director of M3 Ministries, and Kristin Bird, Executive Director of Burning Hearts Disciples, and Rachel Espinoza, Director of Family Faith Formation & Evangelization for St. Clement Parish try to cut through the buzzwords and talk about what parish renewal really looks like? How can we tell if our parish is truly being renewed? How can we avoid dead ends and wasting our time?

Key Topics:                

Rachel’s Experience in Ministry and Parish Renewal (Timestamp 10:00)

Single Biggest Obstacle to Parish Renewal—Rachel’s Perception (22:40)

Brief Discussion on the Pastor’s Role in Parish Renewal (25:00)

What the Heck is Parish Renewal Anyway? (27:20)

Resources Mentioned

Alpha https://alphausa.org/ Missionary Leadership Academy https://missionaryleadershipacademy.com

Next Steps

Join the M3 Community http://m3catholic.com/m3-community-signup/

Contact Deacon Keith (mailto:keith@keithstrohm.com)

Contact Kristin (mailto:kristin.bird@burningheartsdisciples.org)

Contact Rachel (mailto: respinoza@clement.org)

Ep. 1: Catholic Parish Renewal and Evangelization in a Time of Pandemic

Episode Summary:

Deacon Keith, Executive Director of M3 Ministries, and Kristin Bird, Executive Director of Burning Hearts Disciples, talk about the challenges and opportunities for parish renewal and evangelization presented by the Coronavirus Pandemic and the subsequent restrictions on social gatherings. How can we continue the Mission of the Church and the renewal of our parishes in the midst of a worldwide pandemic.

Key Topics:                

Kristin’s Experience in Ministry and Parish Renewal (Timestamp 7:27)

Deacon Keith’s Experience in Ministry and Parish Renewal (21:05)

Biggest Obstacle to Parish Renewal (26:00)

Parish Renewal in a Time of Pandemic (32:10)

3 Things that Kristin’s Parish Did to Bear Fruit in the Pandemic (52:50)

Resources Mentioned

Catholic Spiritual Gifts Discernment Process (https://siena.org/called-gifted)

Ablaze: 5 Essential Paradigm Shifts for Parish Renewal https://amzn.to/3jYw6L9 (Affiliate Link)

Missionary Leadership Academy https://missionaryleadershipacademy.com

Next Steps

Join the M3 Community http://m3catholic.com/m3-community-signup/

Contact Deacon Keith (mailto:keith@keithstrohm.com)

Contact Kristin (mailto:kristin.bird@burningheartsdisciples.org)

Strangers No More

Strangers No More

A Homily for the 28th Sunday of Ordinary Time Year C

The Gospel for this Sunday seems to be primarily about gratefulness, about the one leper who returned and fell at Jesus’ feet in gratitude!

But what if there is more to this story? What does it mean that an outcast among outcasts (a Samaritan traveling with a group of Jewish lepers) is healed?

Check out the latest Homily from Deacon Keith!