Pastoral Ministry Days is coming April 2-4, 2017! This year’s conference, “Abide in Me” with a focus on “Dedicated Discipleship: Creating Intentional Communities of Service to God and Neighbor.”  Keynote speakers are Fr. Michael White & Tom Corcoran, authors of “Rebuilt” and “Tools for Rebuilding,” based on their own parish experiences. Read more about the conference below. 

Click here for a flyer for this years event. A schedule for the two-day event is also pictured below. The cost is $75, but if you register before March 15, you can get an early bird rate of $60.

Online registration, the flyer, and a schedule can be found at:  www.PMD2017.com.

Pastoral Ministry Days: Creating a Sunday Encounter

By Becky Berreth

“Are we content with the people who want to come to church and that’s it?” asks Father Mark McCormick, director of the Offices of Stewardship and Vocations. “The Lord has so much more in-store for us and we don’t know it. Church in fact does matter because it shapes our very being. I would hope people come because the want to grow in their relationship with the Lord and they want to grow in their community of faith.”

Pastoral Ministry Days is April 2-4, at Terra Sancta. This year’s conference, “Abide in Me” with a focus on “Dedicated Discipleship: Creating Intentional Communities of Service to God and Neighbor.” Keynote speakers are Fr. Michael White & Tom Corcoran, authors of “Rebuilt” and “Tools for Rebuilding,” based on their own parish experiences.

“These two have practical ideas to make church matter in people’s lives,” explained Shawna Hanson, administrative assistant to Offices of Stewardship and Vocations. “They transformed their own parish. It’s very vibrant. We want people to learn from them, from the things they did right in their parish. It was a dead parish and they turned it around.”

The conference officially begins on Monday morning, April 3, and ends the afternoon of the April 4. There is also a Holy Hour and hospitality on Sunday evening, April 2, along with an opportunity for early check-in.

Fr. McCormick hopes this year’s conference inspires people to have a personal relationship with Christ so Sunday doesn’t become a thing to do, “but gears lives toward our Sunday encounter with the Lord and the community of faith and receiving Christ in word and sacrament. How does church matter in our life instead of seeing it as something we check off? It’s an invitation to be with the Lord and with one another.”

“One of the things they address in the books is that people are coming to church to get something,” agreed Hanson. “That’s not what we come to church for — we come to give something, we come to be with the Lord. They talk about practical ways to challenge people, to help them understand that they aren’t going to the store.”

“Stewardship is a way of life and when it doesn’t matter, when it’s something we check off then it’s not truly a way of life,” reminded Father McCormick. “The person of Christ has to come alive in our hearts.”

Online registration, the flyer, and a schedule can be found at www.PMD2017.com. Everyone is encouraged to register online, if possible, for purposes of accuracy of materials. Cost is $60 before March 15, $75 after. If you are unable to register online, you can also register by calling the Terra Sancta Retreat Center at 605-716-0925, and staff can register you over the phone. Contact Susan Thompson sthompson@diorc.org or Susan Safford ssafford@diorc.org at 605-716-5214 if you have questions or for more information.