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Creating and sustaining "shallow entry points" is essential in the process of parish renewal.  Shallow entry points are places where those who may be disconnected from Christ and His Church can be introduced to the Christian community and the love of God in non-threatening and warmly welcoming ways.  Being intentional about creating these shallow entry points requires a more individualized approach to pastoral care and, therefore, is more time consuming to both create and sustain.

In this episode of the Transforming Parishes, Transforming Lives podcast, we focus on these shallow entry points - specifically talking about the most common objection to this approach: "I just don't have time to do all that."

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

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.  View Show Notes.

 Where To Find Us

Here's the official podcast description:

"We know that transforming parishes means changing culture—and that cultural change is hard! That’s why we’re “on the air.” Each week Deacon Keith Strohm and co-hosts Rachel Espinoza and Kristin Bird explore different facets of parish renewal. Breaking open their own experience working “in the trenches” at the parish and diocesan level, and discussing with their many guests the principles, strategies, programs, and processes that make an actual difference in parish life, your podcast hosts provide practical, real-world advice you can use."

If you are passionate about parish renewal, evangelization, mission, and discipleship, and you are looking for concrete, practical advice and discussion, then tune in.