Earlier this month, our organization, Catholic Stewardship Consultants, held our semi-annual Msgr. Thomas McGread Stewardship Conference in Wichita, Kansas. As usual, we had a full house and, based on the comments we received from the attendees, it was very successful.
One of the conference presentations was by Fr. Dave Zimmer, the pastor at St. John the Apostle in Minot, N.D., and a regular contributor to this blog.
Fr. Dave’s presentation focused on what he calls his personal “conversion” to the stewardship way of life. He told the story of how St. John’s parish began its stewardship journey and how they have developed as a stewardship parish over the past six years. Fr. Dave concluded with a look at what’s next as the parish continues to develop stewardship. He also touched on what the parish faces ahead in dealing with river flooding this summer in Minot. It was a disaster that left a large number of parishioners homeless or displaced.
The presentation by Fr. Dave was a very personal and practical talk I think would be beneficial for anyone interested in seeing and listening to it. If you are interested, just send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll have one of our staff members send a DVD to you. This video would be an excellent tool for your ongoing stewardship formation efforts with the staff and lay leaders in your parish.