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 Catholic leaders like Curtis Martin, Matthew Kelly, Sr. Bethany Madonna, Jason Simon, Matt Maher and Sarah Kroger. 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.
Kevin CotterAuthor | Presenter
Pat LencioniCo-Founder | Author | Presenter
Sr. Regina Marie, O.C.D.Presenter
Fr. James MallonAuthor | Presenter
Wednesday, October 17th
1:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Hotel Check-In Begins at 3:00 PM
7:00 – 9:30 PM
Kick-Off Event with Keynote and Cocktail Reception
Thursday, October 18th
7:30 AM – 10:00 PM
Mass, Speakers, Working Sessions, All Meals, Snack Breaks, Worship, Adoration and Confession
Friday, October 19th
7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Mass, All Meals, Snack Breaks, Speakers and Working Sessions
The conference is designed for pastors and their leadership teams, therefore the pastor must attend. It’s important for the pastor to learn who should be on his leadership team.
If you are a pastor, please watch the webinar below. If you are registering for your pastor, please have him watch the webinar before moving forward.
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.
Amazing Parish has negotiated a discounted room rate of $130 plus tax per night on hotel rooms at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center and the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee. Both hotels are connected to the Wisconsin Center through skywalks. There is a slight incline in the skywalk from the Hyatt, so for for those who have trouble walking uphill, we recommend you stay at the Hilton. 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 $10 per day.
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.
The fee for a parish leadership team to attend the Milwaukee conference is $1,750 for up to five members of the leadership team, one of whom must be the pastor. 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.
No parish should miss the opportunity to attend the conference due to the cost of the registration fee. In the past, parishes that have needed financial assistance have received help by reaching out to Catholic organizations in their 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 Milwaukee conference.
"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."
"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."
"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."