Wednesday, April 25 – Friday, April 27, 2018

Hilton Anatole – Dallas, TX

2201 N Stemmons Fwy. Dallas, Texas 75207


Registration for our Dallas conference is currently closed, allowing parishes who have already saved a spot to fully register. If you’d like to join the waitlist, please fill out the form below and we will contact you if a spot becomes available. Parishes on the waitlist will be contacted on a first come, first served basis.

What Does an Amazing Parish Look Like?


The Amazing Parish conference is a practical and one-of-a-kind experience for parish leaders. You’ll receive first-hand organizational health training from New York Times best-selling author, Patrick Lencioni, and you’ll learn from dynamic and engaging presenters including Curtis Martin, Sr. Bethany Madonna, Fr. James Mallon, Fr. Michael White, Tom Corcoran and Matt Maher. The conference experience is also an opportunity for personal and spiritual renewal with daily Mass, confession and Eucharistic Adoration.

Unlike other conferences, an Amazing Parish conference is a workshop-style format so pastors and parish leadership team members can work side-by-side to learn what a real leadership team looks like, how it operates, and how it can best serve its parishioners. By the end of the conference, you’ll also have gained a lot of knowledge and insight, you’ll have a clear, practical vision of what leadership can look like at your parish and how to implement it once you get home.



"What's happened since we've come back is that my parish is undergoing a huge spiritual renewal. Where we are today is astounding. The people out there are committed to growing in their relationship with Christ. Our parish is growing. In the last three months, we've gained close to 90 families. It's nothing I'm doing. It's not me. The Holy Spirit is working as a result of the changes we've made."
Fr. Ron RichardsSt. John Neumann, Canton, MI
"I’ve been a priest for 24 years and a pastor for 18 years. I’ve been to many workshops, meetings, and conferences regarding parish life. These 2 days have been the most beneficial of all, giving not only myself but my team a clear vision and plan to move our parish forward."
Fr. Mike EckleySt. Pius X, Omaha, NE
"I agree having a parish leadership team takes away the feeling of total responsibility. The sense that (pastors) aren’t in it alone. As a priest, we sometimes need to be more vulnerable, admitting that we don’t have all the answers, and empowering parishioners to be heard."
Fr. James BilotDivine Child Parish, Dearborn, MI


No pastor, not even the best one, can run a parish on his own. With fewer priests, more demands from parishioners in a complicated society and a faster pace of life, he can’t do it alone. Every pastor needs a parish leadership team, a special group of three to five people who, along with the pastor, are collectively committed to helping him make the parish amazing and bring more people to Christ and his Church. The Amazing Parish conference is designed for pastors and up to four other parish leadership team members.

For more information on parish leadership teams, click here.

Watch this video of Pat Lencioni describing who should be on a parish leadership team.


Wednesday, April 25th
1:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Registration, Kick-Off Event with Keynote and Wine Reception


Thursday, April 26th
7:30 AM – 10:00 PM

Mass, Speakers, Working Sessions, All Meals, Snack Breaks, Worship, Adoration and Confession


Friday, April 27th
7:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Mass, All Meals, Snack Breaks, Speakers and Working Sessions


Hilton Anatole

Amazing Parish has negotiated discounted rates on hotel rooms at the Hilton Anatole. There is a limited number of rooms blocked off for conference attendees, so make sure to book your rooms when you register for the conference.

In addition to the discounted room rate, we’ve negotiated a self-parking rate of $11 per day. Valet parking is also available for $29 per day.


At what point do you realize you picked the wrong people for your leadership team?

Usually where there’s smoke, there’s fire. A pastor can rely on his gut and intuition. That said, when a leadership team member cannot overcome his or her temptation to place individual concerns and departmental priorities over those of the team, then it’s time to make a change.

How do you measure the success of a leadership team?

The success of a leadership team is measured by the collective results of the team, and those results are most likely to occur when the team is grounded in vulnerability-based trust, engaged in healthy conflict in the pursuit of truth, committed as a team to the decisions made by the team, and accountable to each other.

How do the leadership team and parish council work together?

It’s important to remember that a parish leadership team is rarely the same as a parish council. And it is not necessarily the parish office staff, the people who do bookkeeping, reception and other administrative functions. It is the group of leaders who the pastor will rely on to help him with strategic and operational decisions and implementation. Though each team will be a little different, members of many parish leadership teams will often be comprised of people with the following titles: Director of Religious Education, Business or Operations Management, Youth Ministry, Faith Formation, Evangelization, Administration or School Principal. Again, every parish is different. However, every team member must not only have the right title, but the right attitude and skill set. Together, these titles, attitudes, and skill sets should all understand roles and work together for the common goals for the parish.

Thought we had the right team members, but now have figured out we don't. How best to 'replace' members?

Before a team member is replaced, it’s important for that individual to have a clear sense of their role going forward, how they fit into the parish, how they are valuable to the overall parish efforts, and how they can make a positive impact in the life of the parish. The issue is rarely that they aren’t an important cog in the wheel, it’s just that they don’t fit quite right as a leadership team member. Make sure everyone on the team understands and buys-in to the decision. Then, when a new team member is identified, make sure that individual has a clear understanding of what is expected of them as a member of the leadership team.

How hard is it for someone to 'take off their hat' in order to focus on the big picture?

It can be hard for some to “take off their hat” and focus on the big picture, or Thematic Goal. The leadership team should all understand and work toward common goals, recognizing that everyone is held accountable for the success of the parish. While this concept is harder for some than for others, consistent clarification on the role of the leadership team (over individual department concerns) is good for everyone.

What does a positive relationship between the leadership team and the staff look like?

A positive relationship between the parish staff and the parish leadership team is seen in the way they communicate and interact with each other. It’s important that the leadership team’s goals and priorities are clearly articulated to the staff as they will be the ones helping to implement them.

What is the best recommendation for a pastor to choose who he selects for the leadership team?

He should select those who he knows will place the needs of the parish and the team above individual needs, those who he knows will push to have a better parish, those who he believes can be vulnerable to the group, those who are willing to engage in conflict around ideas rather than people, and those in whom he can place the utmost confidence.

If you need additional clarity about a parish leadership team, please give us a call at 303-481-4320.


The fee for a parish leadership team to attend the Dallas/Fort Worth Conference is $1,750 for up to five members of the leadership team, one of whom must be the pastor.  A discounted price of $1,500 is available for teams that register by October 6th, 2017.

The registration fee covers the conference training and workshops, materials, and all meals for your leadership team. It does not include the cost of travel or lodging. The true cost of the conference is around $3,000 for each leadership team, but thanks to the generosity of Catholic donors and the Amazing Parish contributors, we are able to make the conference fee more affordable.

No parish should miss the opportunity to attend the conference due to the registration fee. Try reaching out to your local Knights of Columbus and other Catholic organizations in your parish/diocese. If your parish is still struggling to afford the conference fee, email or give us a call to discuss how we can help get your parish to the Dallas/Fort Worth conference.


Registration for our Dallas conference is currently closed, allowing parishes who have already saved a spot to fully register. If you’d like to join the waitlist, please fill out the form below and we will contact you if a spot becomes available. Parishes on the waitlist will be contacted on a first come, first served basis.


Thank you for your interest in attending The Amazing Parish conference in Dallas/Fort Worth, Wednesday, April 25 – Friday, April 27, 2018. We hope to see you there!