Divine Renovation Podcast

Book Clubs and Christ w/The Divine Renovation Team

An episode of Divine Renovation Podcast

By Divine Renovation
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.
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DR LIVE - DR20
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1:04:26
September 17, 2019
Summer Shorts - Steve Foran
This week on Summer Shorts we’re very grateful to look back on our conversation with author Steve Foran. His book, “Surviving to Thriving: The Ten Laws of Grateful Leadership” help shine a light on some of the characteristics of great leaders that we may not have previously considered. We talk with Steve about his own story of becoming a grateful leader and why at every level of great leadership gratitude is a shared principle. This conversation helps reframe what a leader is and who the leaders are within our communities. This is such a unique viewpoint of leadership that we don’t consider nearly enough. If you want to learn more about Steve’s work and about his book, check out www.gratitudeatwork.ca.
10:06
September 10, 2019
Summer Shorts - Melanie Smollen
Hospitality is something we take very seriously at Divine Renovation. It’s a ministry that we always recommend investing heavily in but sometimes the view from the inside is different than the view from the outside. Melanie Smollen of Faith Perceptions joins us on this episode of Summer Shorts to discuss “mystery shopping” at churches. What Melanie and her group have seen at churches across the continent should make us take a serious look at hospitality, especially as it relates to those who do not share our understanding of or history in the church. If you want to know what people think about your parish, have a seat and a listen.
10:19
September 3, 2019
Summer Shorts - Brent Dolfo
This week on our Summer Shorts series we speak with someone who has had an enormous impact on our work at Divine Renovation. Brent Dolfo is a world-renowned leader in the field of pastoral leadership. This discussion with him about the early days of Divine Renovation, what he sees working and not working for pastors worldwide is wonderful. Brent offers a unique glimpse into the future of leadership and is a great place for pastors and lay people seek guidance and wisdom on missional leadership. There’s a lot packed into this 10 minute episode and we know you’ll enjoy it.
10:27
August 27, 2019
Summer Shorts - Josh Danis
Most people know that we have invested heavily in Alpha at Divine Renovation. We do so because we have found it to be the most effective tool for evangelization. This week we call on our conversation with the National Director for Catholic Context at Alpha USA, Josh Danis. Josh shares his insights on the state of the church in the United States. We ask some very tough questions about the challenges that the Church is facing, in the US and beyond, and Josh does an incredible job of inspiring hope in us for our future. This is a powerful and poignant conversation. 
10:04
August 20, 2019
Summer Shorts - Bishop Dowd
We get to talk to a large number of pastors on the podcast but it’s always interesting to hear the perspective of a few bishops. This week on Summer Shorts we talk with Bishop Thomas Dowd about some topics that most wouldn’t expect a Bishop to be talking about. Bishop Dowd speaks about social media, how he came to discern his calling, and what life is like for Bishops in Canada. This is a rare insight into church leadership that we think you’ll really enjoy. 
10:20
August 13, 2019
Summer Shorts - Tithe.ly
We’re never going to move forward unless we start moving forward and this week on the podcast we talk with an organization helping churches make that happen. Tithe.ly builds custom applications for parishes that help them connect with their parishioners, support prayer life, and increase giving. In this Summer Short we learn more about how Tithe.ly uses technology as an evangelization tool and how that’s impacting churches worldwide. For those looking for a great way to connect with the people in the pews, especially outside of mass, this is a must listen. 
10:20
August 6, 2019
Summer Shorts - Roxana Kreklo
We often say at the ministry that if we’re not changing lives, it doesn’t matter. Roxana Kreklo, National Director of Alpha for Prisons, is helping change lives. This week on Summer Shorts we dive into our conversation with Roxana and there was hardly a dry eye in the house. The impact that this program has on those that we have universally dismissed is incredible. The personal stories that she shares, and the impact of the work of Alpha for Prisons is saving lives, literally. 
10:07
July 30, 2019
Summer Shorts - Jeff Lockert
Truly great leaders don’t create great followers, they raise up great, new leaders. This week on Summer Shorts we talk to Catholic Christian Outreach President Jeff Lockert about why lifting up leaders on campuses is so important and what it means for the future of the Catholic Church. Jeff’s working knowledge of mission and leadership, especially through Scripture, is unparalleled. This is a great conversation if you’re sending a child off to college anytime in the near of distant future. You won’t regret tuning into this episode focused on Christian leadership.
10:16
July 23, 2019
Summer Shorts - DR19 UK
This week on Summer Shorts, we’re heading across the Atlantic. 2019 saw incredible growth and development in our UK parishes and an incredible experience of community at DR19UK. Leading up to the event, we were joined by Hannah Vaughan-Spruce to discuss the state of the Catholic Church in the UK. Through her work at Divine Renovation, she has seen lives changed and parishes renewed. We also talk about what she sees for the exciting future of Divine Renovation in the region. This is an incredibly personal conversation and if you want to know what mission looks like for parishes and pastors, the insights in this episode should not be missed.
10:10
July 16, 2019
Summer Shorts - Brett Powell
This week on our Summer Shorts series we had our work cut out for us. How do you trim down so many incredible insights on leadership and relationships? Our team has taken the very best from our conversation with Brett Powell and created 10 minutes of thought-provoking, actionable conversation on Jesus and how we can balance ferocity and tenderness all while building into leadership. This is a can’t miss episode and if you want to know more about Brett and his work, check out www.brettpowell.org and www.wayoftheheartpodcast.
10:09
July 9, 2019
Summer Shorts: Facebook Live Book Launch w/ Ron Huntley & Father James Mallon
This week we put on our Summer Shorts, a series of podcasts cut down to highlight the best discussions from our last season. These are a great way to catch up on old episodes or be reminded of some of the great insights that have happened around the podcast table. This time we're looking back at the Facebook Live event that launched our latest book Unlocking Your Parish. Enjoy and God Bless. Original Episode Description: 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! Link: http://bit.ly/DRUYP2019
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July 2, 2019
Season 5 Wrap-Up
We’re so happy to have you join us for our last podcast episode of the season.  Dan O’Rourke, Ron Huntley, and Father James Mallon sit down and reflect on the amazing guests and some of the highlights they’ve shared during this past season. The team focuses on the insights from our wonderful guests and take the time to delve into these topics a little bit deeper.  Our guests this season helped us explore our three keys to parish renewal and we use this episode to explore some of these concepts further.  Although this is the end of the season, we don't want to leave you waiting all summer so stay tuned next week for a special summer project...
50:55
June 25, 2019
Building The Right Teams w/Brent Dolfo
On our second last podcast of the season we’re joined by someone that's been integral in the development of our ministry. Church Consultant Brent Dolfo joins Dan O’Rourke, Father James Mallon, and Rob Currie to discuss how to help people move forward and survive the difficult and important path of parish renewal. Director of the Leadership, Brent worked with Father Mallon in the early days of Divine Renovation and his insight into building up leaders through teams was very important to the formation and growth of our ministry. We discuss how to build complimentary teams and give them the space to do their best. Brent offers some insight into some of the patterns he sees among pastors in the Catholic Church, how we can build on what works, and address what doesn’t. As a leader, pastor or otherwise, this is an excellent conversation for those looking to build great teams within their parish.
49:05
June 18, 2019
Are You Delegating or Activating?
This week on the podcast, Dan O’Rourke leads a conversation with Ron Huntley and Father James Mallon on the topic of leadership, especially as it relates to ministries within the parish. The team explains the surprising reasons that delegation might not always be the best thing for a parish team and how to make sure you’ve got the right people in the right places. The team also offers insights into how to help leaders take ownership of their ministry. Whether you’re a ministry lead trying to understand your role or a pastor trying to do the same, this is a great, actionable conversation.
39:00
June 11, 2019
Dreaming God's Dreams with Alexandre Havard
This week Dan O'Rourke, Rob McDowell and Father Simon Lobo are joined by the founder of the Havard Virtuous Leadership Institute, Alexandre Havard. Alexandre's books, “Virtuous Leadership”, “Created for Greatness” and “From Temperament to Character” have been translated into 20 languages and he brings this wealth of knowledge to the podcast in a candid conversation around leadership through the lens of virtues. Alexandre helps us define the difference between a leader and a manager, explains why when it comes to virtues there really is no such thing as "too much of a good thing", and helps us understand how to measure (or not measure) success. We discuss the difference between being made and being created and ask whether leaders are born or shaped.  To learn more about Alexandre, his books, and his work, visit the Havard Virtuous Leadership Institute.
43:53
June 4, 2019
I Am Third
This week on the podcast, Dan O'Rourke is joined by Father James Mallon and Ron Huntley to take a closer look at leadership through the lens of virtues. They talk about why being told you're doing a bad job is a gift if you look at it the right way. If you want to know what driving a low to the ground car on a country road has to do with leadership, this is the episode for you. Whether you lead a business, a parish, or a family, this conversation is going to change your life.
34:17
May 28, 2019
Surviving to Thriving w/ Steve Foran
This week on the podcast Dan, Rob, and Mike are joined by Steve Foran, author of "Surviving to Thriving: The Ten Laws of Grateful Leadership". Steve answers last week's question, "what is the opposite of gratitude", while helping the team understand the importance of gratitude. From personal stories of growth and development to successes in practice, Steve explains why gratitude is the key to successful leadership the world over and how we can all work to be a little more grateful. gratitudeatwork.ca
50:23
May 21, 2019
What Is The Opposite of Gratitude?
This week we're minding on our manners. Dan O’Rourke, Rob McDowell, and Mike Tanner take a few moments to talk gratitude. The team tries to recognize the things they are grateful for and explain why a focus on gratitude is so important? If you’ve ever held the door and had trouble holding your tongue when no one says thank you, this is a good conversation to listen to. Do you have an intentional gratitude practice or do you know what an intentional gratitude practice is? Thank you to everyone for taking the time to listen this week.
33:24
May 14, 2019
Lifting Up Leaders with Jeff Lockert
This week on the podcast, we’re joined by Jeff Lockert, the President of Catholic Christian Outreach, a university missionary organization. Jeff shares the story of how he discerned his calling with CCO and what it’s meant in his life.  Jeff unpacks the reasons that university campuses are one of the most important places for us to undertake mission and why forming leaders at this stage in life is so key. The story that Jeff weaves of leadership, opportunity, and the future is something truly special and how those stories weave together is awe-inspiring. This is an uplifting conversation on leadership development as it relates to mission. Be sure to check out Catholic Christian Outreach to learn more.
48:16
May 7, 2019
Tree Planting For Parish Renewal w/The Divine Renovation Team
This week on the podcast Father James Mallon, Ron Huntley, and Mike Tanner do some idea pruning and planting around leadership. The team talks about the new logo and what each of the keys mean as it relates to parish renewal. They discuss icebergs, cornerstones, and trees in an effort to get to the root of their understanding of leadership principles and explain why you can't open a door with just one key. This conversation branches in some really interesting ways, so don't leaf without catching the whole thing.
31:52
April 30, 2019
The Good News Hockey Game w/Andrew Pepper.
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.
52:12
April 23, 2019
The Word... Among Us with Jeff Smith
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. Watch Father Mallon's Word Among Us Story
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April 16, 2019
Book Clubs and Christ w/The Divine Renovation Team
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. https://divinerenovation.net/inspire#books
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April 9, 2019
Alpha For Challenging Times w/Josh Danis
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 Danis, 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.
38:50
April 2, 2019
Leaning into Scripture w/The Divine Renovation Team
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. Links: https://dwellapp.io/ https://www.youversion.com/the-bible-app/ Facebook.com/divinerenovation twitter.com/divreno
32:58
March 26, 2019
Freedom from Sin w/ Roxana Kreklo
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. https://www.alphacanada.org/prisons/ https://harvestprisonministries.org/
46:20
March 19, 2019
From A to Z: How Alpha Drives Church Culture
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. Links: Unlocking Your Parish - http://bit.ly/DRUnlock
33:13
March 12, 2019
From Street to Seat w/ Melanie Smollen
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
43:26
March 5, 2019
Ready for Company w/ Divine Renovation Team
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.
31:05
February 26, 2019
Social Media Missionary w/ Mike Tanner
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. If you are looking for the easiest way to access all of our content including the podcast, blogs, events, news and more, check out our app. https://tithely.app.link/divine-renovation-ministry
50:55
February 19, 2019
Meeting People Where They Are w/Darlene Bonang
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.
57:57
February 12, 2019
Do Simple Things Well w/Bishop Thomas Dowd
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.
1:05:55
February 5, 2019
DRUK 2019 w/ Hannah Vaughan-Spruce
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 Sign up for the Conference: https://www.divinerenovationuk.org/dr19-uk Get the App: Android: https://bit.ly/2UkUubO Apple: https://apple.co/2RHUfuG
50:55
January 29, 2019
Giving Without Barriers w/Tithe.ly
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. Links: https://get.tithe.ly/partner/divine-renovation https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/divine-renovation/id1379070207?mt=8 https://www.deepwaterchurch.com/
1:04:37
January 22, 2019
Unlocking Your Parish w/ Ron Huntley & Father James Mallon
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! Links: https://bookstore.wau.org/Unlocking-Your-Parish-Making-Disciples-Raising-Up-Leaders-With-Alpha-P344.aspx https://www.amazon.com/Unlocking-Your-Parish-Disciples-Raising-ebook/dp/B07M7XWBWJ?keywords=unlocking+your+parish+with+alpha&qid=1547497608&sr=8-2-fkmrnull&ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_2
54:15
January 15, 2019
Leadership Wisdom from Jesus w/ Brett Powell
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. Links: brettpowell.org wayoftheheartpodcast.com
50:27
January 8, 2019
Reborn, Rebuilt, Renewed w/ Archbishop Anthony Mancini
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. Links: https://www.divinerenovation.net/pentecost-letter
1:03:00
December 18, 2018
FM645 w/ Charley Vaughan
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. Links: https://www.saintjohnxxiii.ca/
1:02:43
December 11, 2018
DR Deacon w/ Deacon Doug Wells
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. Links: https://stpatrickyorkville.org/
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December 4, 2018
Everyone Leads w/ Chris Lowney
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. www.chrislowney.com https://twitter.com/chrislowney https://www.amazon.com/Make-Today-Matter-Habits-Better/dp/082944663X
51:23
November 28, 2018
Intentional Community w/ Naomi Lehew
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'.
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November 20, 2018
The Alpha Invitation w/Joana de Paula
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. Links: https://www.alphacanada.org/catholic/ https://alpha.org/catholic-context/home/ https://www.facebook.com/Alpha4Catholics/
42:35
November 13, 2018
Renew My Church w/ Fr. Peter Wojcik
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.
49:54
November 6, 2018
Parishioner to Priest w/Patrick Salah
"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. Link: saintbenedict.ca/connect/
48:53
October 30, 2018
Planting the Seed w/Graham Singh
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. Link: trinitycentres.org stjax.org
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October 23, 2018
Clear & Simple w/ André Regnier
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. Link: store.cco.ca
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October 16, 2018
Renew My Church w/ The Divine Renovation Team
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.
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October 9, 2018
Do You Know How Awkward It Is? w/ A.J. Thomas
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.
1:06:46
October 2, 2018
The Apprentice's Apprentice w/ Father Alex Colautti
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.
47:07
September 25, 2018
The Gift of Hope w/ Father Pat Cosgrove
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. Links: chalice.ca chaliceus.ca divinerenovation.tv
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September 18, 2018
Reporter & Priest w/ Fr. Raymond de Souza
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
1:05:26
July 31, 2018
Summer Leadership w/Father James Mallon
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. Link: http://www.pcne.com.ph/ https://www.saintbenedict.ca/vbs
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July 17, 2018
Beginning a Renovation w/ Tanya Rodgerson
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. Links: Tanya's CCO profile: https://cco.ca/missionaries/tanya-rodgerson/ SBP: http://www.saintbenedict.ca/media-listen/
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July 10, 2018
Sing a New Song w/ Phil Marmen
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. Links: Divine Renovation Association: https://www.divinerenovation.tv/ Catholic Christian Outreach: https://cco.ca/
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July 3, 2018
DR18 In the Afterglow w/ Kate Robinson
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. Links: App Download: Google Play - https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=Divine+Renovation+Ministry iTunes - http://AppStore.com/divinerenovation DRA: www.divinerenovation.tv
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June 26, 2018
Greater Love
“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. https://www.facebook.com/greaterlovecanada/
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June 19, 2018
Apprentice to Pastor w/ Father Simon Lobo
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
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June 5, 2018
Lay Leader and Lay Learner w/Pat Ryan
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: - Internships - The definition of Apostle - Divine Renovation in Australia - Measuring effectiveness - The Pentecost Challenge
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May 29, 2018
DR in the UK w/ Hannah Vaughan-Spruce
UK coordinator Hannah Vaughan-Spruce joins the team to share how Divine Renovation is working in parishes if all types across the United Kingdom. Also explored: - Connect Groups - Music - Ron was on the radio... And yes Catholics want to bring people to Jesus App Download: Google Play - https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=Divine+Renovation+Ministry iTunes - http://AppStore.com/divinerenovation
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May 22, 2018
3 Priests, 2 Continents, 1 Mission w/ Hannah Vaughan-Spruce
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.
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May 15, 2018
On the Ground w/ Fr. James Mackay & SLT
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.
24:36
May 8, 2018
Relying on the Holy Spirit
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 Links: 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/
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May 1, 2018
Early Days of a Missional Parish
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 Links: 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)
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April 24, 2018
The Call to Holiness AND Mission
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)
51:19
April 17, 2018
Living as a Missionary Disciple
The moment Kate Pinto decided to follow Jesus, the word 'missionary' was placed on her heart. She had no idea what it meant. This podcast will explore Kate's story of becoming a missionary disciple.
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April 9, 2018
Passion in Your Heart
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.​
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April 3, 2018
The Fruit of the Game Plan
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.
56:52
March 26, 2018
Catching Culture
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.
51:35
March 19, 2018
Growing Leaders
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.
44:59
March 12, 2018
How to Improve the Relationship with your Diocese
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.
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March 8, 2018
Apprenticing Leadership
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.
45:35
April 8, 2017
Bishops (Part 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 2 of 2)
52:40
March 1, 2017
Bishops (Part 1)
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)
39:16
March 1, 2017
Facilitating Change
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.
36:18
October 7, 2016
Model of Priesthood
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.
40:54
August 19, 2016
Connect Groups
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?
39:08
July 22, 2016
DR16 - Now What?
You attended the Divine Renovation 16 Conference and returned home... but where do you go from there? Father James Mallon, Ron Huntley and Dan O'Rourke may have some insights into what to do next!
39:06
July 8, 2016
Divine Renovation Conference
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.
28:40
April 11, 2016
Divine Renovation Leadership Network
It's time to reveal something exciting! Join Father James Mallon, Ron Huntley and Dan O'Rourke and learn about the new Divine Renovation Leadership Network!
26:19
February 22, 2016
Catechisis
Join Father James Mallon, Ron Huntley and Dan O'Rourke as they discuss the role (and the spelling) of Catechisis.
47:31
November 12, 2015
Sacraments
Join Father James Mallon, Ron Huntley and Dan O'Rourke as they discuss the great gift of the sacraments.
43:29
November 12, 2015
Realistic Expectations
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.
45:47
November 12, 2015
How to Kill Alpha in 10 Easy Steps (Part 3 of 3)
How to Kill Alpha in 10 Steps - In part 3 of 3 we complete the exploration of all the things you can do wrong when running Alpha in your parish. Congrats on becoming a hardened Alpha killer.
41:59
November 9, 2015
How to Kill Alpha in 10 Easy Steps (Part 2 of 3)
How to Kill Alpha in 10 Steps - In part 2 of 3 we continue to explore some of the common mistakes that people make when setting up an Alpha program at their parish.
39:53
November 9, 2015
How to Kill Alpha in 10 Easy Steps (Part 1 of 3)
How to Kill Alpha in 10 Steps - In part 1 of 3 we examine some of the common mistakes that you might make, and that we have made when running Alpha in your parish.
44:54
November 9, 2015
Hard Conversations
The Divine Renovation Podcast - Hard Conversations episode explores why, when and how to have the hard conversations that are necessary for a parish to grow and achieve its mission.
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November 9, 2015
Podcast Pilot
The Divine Renovation Podcast Pilot episode examines the importance of drive and passion.
49:59
November 9, 2015
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