The Divine Renovation Podcast seeks to inspire and equip parishes to move from maintenance to mission. Join Fr. James, Dan O'Rourke, Ron Huntley and guests as they take a deep look at the three keys of parish renewal; the primacy of evangelization, the best of leadership principles, and the empowerment by the Holy Spirit.
Why are rinks full and churches empty and does one have anything to do with the other? This week Ron Huntley, Mike Tanner and Matt Vaughan are joined by Andrew Pepper, a Hockey Ministries International Chaplain with the Halifax Mooseheads. Andrew shares the mission and the impact of HMI and digs into what he’s seen change in these young men through ministry. Whether you’re a hockey fan or an evangelization evangelist, game on.
What's the good word? This week on the podcast we speak with Jeff Smith, President of The Word Among Us. We've worked with WAU on our last two books but the connection with Divine Renovation is so much deeper. Father James shares the impact The Word Among Us had on his faith formation and we talk about how we came to work with them. Jeff shares some insights on why they believe that they're just one of the resources available to help people connect with scripture and where they think we are right now in the eyes of God. This is a great conversation for those looking to grow in their faith and in their community.
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Put your books away and tune in because this week it's all about the written word. This week on the podcast, Dan O'Rourke, Father James Mallon and Ron Huntley pick up The Good Book... and then a few others. The team talks about how we can use books to change the way people think and act, how they impact leadership, and why we write books through the ministry. They touch on the various ways that people learn, including the written word, as a way different kinds of learners can come to know Jesus. They also speak into some tactical ways that they've used books to impact parishes.
This week on the podcast, Dan O'Rourke, Rob McDowell, and Mike Tanner are joined by the National Director for Catholic Context at Alpha USA, Josh Dannis, Josh joins us to discuss the ways Alpha is being used in the USA and beyond to bring people to Jesus Christ during times of strife and challenge. Josh shares stories of changed parishes and changed lives through the experience of Alpha, how churches are using Alpha effectively in their communities and the need to push forward with evangelization through a tool that is more common that different throughout Christian traditions.
This week on the podcast Dan O'Rourke is joined by Rob McDowell and Mike Tanner as they lean into the role of scripture in our everyday lives. The team discusses both traditional and modern means of engaging with the Bible and the reasons people can have for reading scripture. They talk about how we use scripture at the Divine Renovation office to move our ministry forward and introduce some ways in which you can work as a community to approach the word. Make sure you follow along with our Lenten 1,2,3 on Facebook and Twitter as we help develop some scripture practices for Lent.
This week we're joined by Roxana Kreklo, National Director of Alpha for Prisons. Ron Huntley, Rob McDowell, and Mike Tanner sit down to talk with Roxana as she shares the story of how she came to offer Alpha in prisons. Roxana describes the incredible impact Alpha has on both those who are incarcerated and the communities they return to. The statistics on reoffending are staggering in Canada but the results that Alpha for Prisons have are even more astounding. Programs like this change the direction of lives, providing hope and a new start for inmates. Come meet this amazing leader, as she takes us behind iron bars and shows us just how unstoppable the Holy Spirit is.
This week Ron Huntley, Rob McDowell, and Mike Tanner discuss the ins and outs of Alpha. We discuss the difference Alpha makes for both the churched and un-churched, why even “really good Catholics” can benefit from Alpha and why Alpha as a course is ok but Alpha as a culture is unbeatable. Whether your parish has been running Alpha for years, is just getting started, or are simply looking for the right tool for Evangelization, this episode of the podcast is a great jumping off point for the discussion.
Unlocking Your Parish - http://bit.ly/DRUnlock
This week on the podcast it's all about feedback. Dan, Ron, and Fr James speak with Melanie Smollen of Faith Perceptions, an organization that provides "mystery guests" for parishes.
Imagine what 10,000 mystery guests would have to say about churches in North America if they came to visit your parish and recorded what they experienced. This can be a challenging experience for churches to go through but it can also be an incredible opportunity for churches to move forward.
This is a great discussion about the things we can change in our churches and the things that we can't. The insights into what people experience when they come to church is staggering. The real question is, what do you think people would say about your parish through this process?
You can learn more about Faith Perceptions at www.faithperceptions.com
Go where absolutely no one knows your name. This week on the podcast the Divine Renovation Team sit down to talk about church hospitality. How to welcome new faces without ignoring familiar ones, how "church" language can create a barrier to entry, and ensuring that the parish understands who's responsible for creating a welcoming environment are all on the table. This is a great conversation for parishes looking to be more invitational in nature and ensure that those that come, come back.
This week on the podcast we get a little social. We’re joined by Mike Tanner, Communications and Digital Marketing Specialist for Divine Renovation. We dig into how parishes can use digital marketing as a means to move forward in mission. We also talk about the ways in which the church has directly been called by The Vatican to use things like social media to share the Good News. Stephanie Potter and Rob McDowell join Dan O’Rourke in the discussion with Mike, focusing on the positive impact that social and traditional media can have on a church.
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This week on the podcast we speak with Darlene Bonang, Office Administrator at Saint Benedict Parish about what it means to work within an invitational parish. Darlene challenges our understanding of what she does as ministry and speaks about recognizing gifts, understanding people, and developing relationships in a large parish. Darlene was in on the ground floor of the development of Divine Renovation Ministry and her insights on leadership from her position and beyond are a map for priests looking to build a team around them and for individuals wishing to do more within their parish.
This week we're joined on the podcast by Montreal's tweeting Bishop, Bishop Thomas Dowd. Bishop Dowd speaks with us about how he's used social media to engage with both those that believe and those that dissent. He discusses the need to have open and difficult conversations on a multitude of platforms, what leadership and community look like for a Bishop, and the importance of assessing and evaluating the success of programs within the Church. Bishop Dowd speaks on the need to provide the vision and opportunity for individuals to become more engaged with the Church in an effort to combat clericalism. This is an open and honest conversation and if you've ever wanted to know what a Bishop thinks about parishes, parishioners, and passion, this is a great opportunity.
Keep calm and conference on! Today we’re joined by Hannah Vaughan-Spruce the Divine Renovation UK coordinator as we talk about the state of the church leadership worldwide and our excitement for DRUK19 in Birmingham on February 7 & 8! We hope to see you there! Sign up at: https://www.divinerenovationuk.org/ or on the Divine Renovation App on Google Play Store or iTunes
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Cash only Church...doesn't have to be. This week on the podcast we’re joined by Tithe.ly, a software platform that helps parishes and ministries connect with their community. Providing apps that address issues such as giving and engagement, the team from Tithe.ly discuss some of the stigma surrounding e-giving and propose changes to the way we deal with technology in churches to fund and forward a church’s mission.
Recorded earlier this week from our DR Facebook Live Q&A for the launch of our newest book, Unlocking Your Parish: Making Disciples, Raising Up Leaders with Alpha. Written by Ron Huntley and Father James Mallon, Unlocking Your Parish outlines the role that Alpha has played within Divine Renovation and the difference it can make in your parish!
Brett Powell discusses lessons leaders can learn from Jesus' life, including the need for selflessness and the importance of leading though investing in individual relationships. With a focus on the ability to balance tenderness & fierceness with is a podcast not to be missed.
This week, listen as Archbishop Mancini from the Diocese of Halifax-Yarmouth discusses his journey from priest to Archbishop. We also discuss his thoughts on leadership and how necessary it is for the future of our church to be reborn, rebuilt, renewed, and to bring people into a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Ever have nothing to do at 6:45 in the morning? Well...have we got the group for you...Friday Morning 6:45 or FM645. This group of men gather together early in the morning to hear the word of God and open their hearts to the holy spirit. Our guest, Charley Vaughan got tired of traveling to Saint Benedict for 6:45 in the morning to attended their Men’s GYM (God You & Me) so he transplanted the idea and started up FM645 at his home parish.
Deacons are not called to be junior priests or special parishioners, they are called to serve and the church needs their ministry. In this podcast we’re joined by Deacon Doug Wells from Saint Patrick Parish to help bring some perspective to this pivotal role in the church and what it means to be a deacon in a Divine Renovation Parish.
It's not just the role of clergy to lead, to be baptized is to lead. Leadership author, Chris Lowney joins the podcast to discuss the role we all have in the leadership of the church. His book 'Everyone Leads: How to Revitalize the Catholic Church' showcases the challenges facing the church and the need to change strategy, culture and leadership styles as a response to these troubling trends.
In a world where technology connects us all, many of us have never felt so alone. Today we talk about breaking down the walls that separate us and how the church can build community. Naomi Lehew of St. Ann Catholic Parish in Coppell, Texas, breaks down why we need to form community with intention.
Enter 'Connect Groups', mid-sized groups of people from a parish who come together to share and care for each other. It underlines the importance of 'belonging' as a beginning to 'believing'.
To go 'on mission' is to invite others. Alpha has been on this mission for over 25 years inviting people, just like Joana de Paula. Now as an employee of Alpha in a Catholic context Joana has come to visit the Divine Renovation Ministry to see this version of mission in action.
Father Peter Wojcik, in his role as Director of Parish Vitality and Mission at the Archdiocese of Chicago, talks about the current process of renewal being undertaken in his Diocese and what it takes to carry out a pastoral vision focused on bringing bringing people to Christ.
"I want to be a priest to change lives and bring people to Christ" - Patrick Salah, a Catholic Seminarian speaks to the Divine Renovation team about his insights as he journeys towards ordination to the priesthood. As a member of Saint Benedict Parish during its early days of renewal, Patrick discusses his unique experience of being formed in a Divine Renovation parish, and the impact his early formation has had on his current internship at another diocesan parish in the midst of their own divine renovation.
Reformation & revival. Graham Singh is considered a specialist in the closing and re-opening of church buildings. As Executive Director of 'Church Plant Canada' and Trinity Centres Foundation, Graham has re-launched 4 historic churches in the UK and Canada. He's also the Senior Pastor of St. Jax, a church plant in Montreal Canada. Join us as he speaks about the future of historic church buildings and their place in a mission focused renewal.
André Regnier, co-founder of Catholic Christian Outreach (CCO), has been a part of a movement committed to evangelization for the past 30 years. In today's podcast, he discusses the importance of de-mystifying the idea of evangelization. In his latest book, "Clear & Simple", André encourages us to replace the vagueness and confusion that often surrounds leading someone to a conversion, with a simple, practical presentation that the average person can understand.
As a ministry, DR joined the Archdiocese of Chicago in the windy city for the Renew My Church Conference. It was an amazing time, both for our team and the over 2000 parish leaders who were invited. This podcast is one of the breakout sessions we did for the lay leaders.
In today's podcast, the Divine Renovation Team welcomes A.J. Thomas, Lead Pastor of Deepwater Church in Halifax. A.J. discusses some of the elements that have contributed to his church's continual growth, including the importance of intentional leadership and the question of how we help the inexperienced church goer to feel comfortable.
This week we’re joined by Father Simon Lobo and Father Alex Colautti, pastor and associate pastor at Saint Benedict Parish. We discuss the resent series of Alpha testimonies given during mass at Saint Benedict Parish. Also, Father Alex reveals what its like to be new to the priesthood and joining a parish staff team.
Divine Renovation is focused on providing hope. Hope for People, Priests, and Parishes. Chalice, a Catholic child sponsorship organization, shares this vision. Chalice Founder, Father Pat Cosgrove, tells us how Chalice got started and how they are making a difference in the world.
Fr. Raymond de Souza joins for the second half to discuss writing in the secular and Christian world, and what trends he sees in our culture. Dan O'Rourke, Fr. Simon Lobo and Ron Huntley discuss:
- The Catholic Church in Australia
- Learnings from Beta (a summer bridge for Alpha)
- Vacation Bible School and how families come together for kids
Welcome to summer everyone...at least here in Canada. While our ministry season may be winding down, our team is busy inspiring and equipping parishes around the world! In studio today is Dan O’Rourke and Father James Mallon chatting about what summer can look like from changing mass times to vacation bible school. You'll also hear preview of a new talk Father James is working on for Philippine Conference on New Evangelization.
We're still unpacking DR18. Guest Co-Host Matt Vaughan, of SBP's Communications Team, shares his take aways and the graces he experienced during the conference. But wait there's more....Tanya Rodgerson, one of the main contributors to the Saint Benedict Parish Game Plan, is joining us to reminisce about DR's origins, successes, and missteps along the path to renewal.
Tanya's CCO profile: https://cco.ca/missionaries/tanya-rodgerson/
The team talks to Ron about why he slept on the ground at the airport, and explore launching a shiny new connect group, and how a common mission like hosting a conference can knit a parish together. Podcast guest Phil Marmen joins the team to speak music ministry, music styles, and praying with song.
Divine Renovation Association: https://www.divinerenovation.tv/
Catholic Christian Outreach: https://cco.ca/
Join Ron Huntley this week in our makeshift studio at Saint Benedict Parish as we continue to recover from the DR18 conference. Ron is joined today by Kate Robinson where they discuss some highlights from DR18 as well as what the summer is going to look like for the Saint Benedict Parish Staff. Then join Kate again for an interview with Father Mauro Conte from the Divine Renovation Network.
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“Together, let’s throw away our ‘throw-away culture’ and respond to the cry of the poor, suffering, lost and lonely. Join our movement today, and extend a hand to the vulnerable.”
Dan, Ron and Father James are joined this week by Mark Saldanha. A young man who grew up at Saint Benedict Parish and has gone on to found an outreach ministry known as “Greater Love”. Mark speaks about his experience of God and parish life and how it formed him into the man he is now.
Future world renown author (at least that's what we think) Fr. Simon Lobo joins the podcast to talk about his latest book (also his only book) Divine Renovation Apprentice. As he joins the DR team in preparing to welcome the world to Saint Benedict Parish for the DR18 Conference, we take a moment to reflect on the journey that has take Fr. Simon from Apprentice to Pastor.
Link: #DR18Live: https://livestream.com/DivineRenovation/events/8231259
Divine Renovation Apprentice: https://www.amazon.ca/Divine-Renovation-Apprentice-Learning-Disciple-Making/dp/1593253362
Can We Multiply?
Divine Renovation team member Pat Ryan shares his story of encountering DR, and moving to Canada to experience it first-hand. And how would you react if 100 people stood up at your parish and said that Jesus became lord of their life this year?
The team discusses:
- The definition of Apostle
- Divine Renovation in Australia
- Measuring effectiveness
- The Pentecost Challenge
UK coordinator Hannah Vaughan-Spruce joins the team to share how Divine Renovation is working in parishes if all types across the United Kingdom.
- Connect Groups
- Ron was on the radio... And yes Catholics want to bring people to Jesus
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Parish renewal can happen anywhere. Divine Renovation strives to inspire all leaders to believe that they can bring their parishes from maintenance to mission. Hannah Vaughan-Spruce interviews 3 priests during our Divine Renovation UK Conference, asking how this renewal plan can make an impact across the world.
Meet members of Fr. James Mackay's Senior Leadership Team. Explore with them the joys of being a lay leader, team dynamics, and contributing to their church, in this special episode filmed in Royal Docks, England.
How can we rely more fully on the Holy Spirit? Peter Herbeck joins the podcast this week to discuss how we can rely on the Holy Spirit in a deeper way through our ministry and what the power of the Holy Spirit can really do!
Hosts Fr. James Mallon, Matt Vaughan and Dan O'Rourke discuss:
- Saint Benedict Parish Marriage Prep
- Father James' trip to Dallas
- The Amazing Parish Conference
Amazing Parish - https://amazingparish.org/
The Church We Want to Be Podcast - http://thechurchwewanttobe.libsyn.com/
Divine Renovation Ministry - https://www.divinerenovation.net/
The Divine Renovation Association - https://www.divinerenovation.tv/
What motivates a pastor to try this Divine Renovation thing? Hear from Fr. Ken Lao as he shares what drove him to join the Divine Renovation Network, the challenges, struggles and opportunities. And how the Holy Spirit is working in his parish to bring about renewal.
Hosts Fr. Simon Lobo, Ron Huntley and Dan O'Rourke discuss:
- Alpha celebration night
- Recent all-staff meeting
- The amazing work of Nativity and Rebuilt and
- An amazing story from the Saint Benedict Leadership Summit
Rebuilt Conference - https://rebuiltconference.com/
Companions of the Cross - https://www.companionscross.org/
Divine Renovation Ministry - https://www.divinerenovation.net/
Fr. Ken Lao's Parish - http://holytrinityns.ca/ (edited)
DR Coach Bill Presprich joins Fr. James Mallon, Ron Huntley, and Dan O’Rourke as they talk building leadership teams, moving a parish from being inward to outward focus (maintenance to mission).
Topics covered include:
- Relationship between Senior Leadership Teams and Pastoral Councils
- Changing your model of priesthood to leading out of a team
- Types of Senior Leadership Teams (volunteers vs staff)
1 priest, 1 book, 1 mission. In this podcast, the Divine Renovation team interviewed Father James Mackay from the Parish of Our Lady of Walsingham, Royal Docks, East London, UK. Hear his inspiring story and his struggles. Find out how Divine Renovation spoke to his heart and gave him the plan to renew his parish.
Today the team welcomed Bill Scollard, Director of Pastoral Ministries at Saint Benedict Parish. Bill shared his story from lapsed Catholic to ministry leader. The team also explored the Saint Benedict Game Plan and how Bill is such a great example of its fruit.
In today's podcast, the team welcomed Matt Vaughan, the co-host of The Church We Want To Be podcast. Matt shared his story of parishioner to staff member at Saint Benedict Parish. The team also dicussed with Matt how he caught culture as a new staff member.
In today's podcast, the team welcomed Kate Robinson- Director of Communications at Saint Benedict Parish. In this episode, the team discussed growing leaders especially in related to Senior Leadership Teams and Communications.
Today's episode is the exciting relaunch of the Divine Renovation podcast with the Divine Renovation team. Today they delved into issues of building a healthy relationship with dioceses with special guest John Stevens from the Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth.
Dan O’Rourke, Fr. James Mallon and Fr. Simon Lobo C.C. discuss the priest-internship experience at Saint Benedict Parish and being apprenticed in leading parish renewal. In this podcast the future of The Divine Renovation ministry is discussed as well as several big announcements.
We know what Divine Renovation can look like on a parish level, but what if it went further? What does 'Divine Renovation' mean to a Bishop? Join Father James Mallon, Dan O'Rourke and Ron Huntley as they delve into the world of what it means to apply the leadership principals of DR to the role of a Bishop and a diocese. (Part 2 of 2)
We know what Divine Renovation can look like on a parish level, but what if it went further? What does 'Divine Renovation' mean to a Bishop? Join Father James Mallon, Dan O'Rourke and Ron Huntley as they delve into the world of what it means to apply the leadership principals of DR to the role of a Bishop and a diocese. (Part 1 of 2)
Executing a change can be incredibly difficult. Especially when you have to challenge the status quo. Join Father James Mallon, Dan O'Rourke and Ron Huntley to discuss healthy ways to facilitate change.
Making his second guest appearance on the Divine Renovation Podcast, Father Simon Lobo joins, Ron Huntley, Dan O'Rourke and Father James Mallon in a discussion about how we can think differently about our model of priesthood.
Father James Mallon, Ron Huntley and Dan O'Rourke are back again! Joined this time for the first time in the Divine Renovation Podcast history with our special guest Father Simon Lobo! Join the 4 of them as they discuss the much requested topic of connect groups, what are they? How do we do them? Why do we do them?
We are very excited about the upcoming Divine Renovation Conference coming up on June 13th and 14th, 2016. Join Father James Mallon, Ron Huntley and Dan O'Rourke and find out how you can join us this summer in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
It's important to have realistic expectations for you and your team so that you know what success looks like. Join Fr. James Mallon, Ron Huntley and Dan O'Rourke as they discuss what they've learned about reasonable expectations.