Can Catholic parishes become communities of missionary disciples that bear lasting fruit? If so, what does it take to move them in that direction?
Through his years as pastor of Saint Benedict Parish in Halifax, Canada, Fr. James Mallon discovered that the answer to the first question was a resounding yes! Tailored for Catholics, Alpha played a key role in the transformation of the parish he pastored.
Unlocking Your Parish aims to provide insight into what Alpha can do to help any Catholic parish become a vibrant, mission-focused community.
“Jesus said you judge a tree by its fruit. Mallon and Huntley’s experience is mine: Alpha is hands down the best thing I’ve seen for leading people into a life-changing encounter with Jesus.”
Fr. John Riccardo, Pastor, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, Plymouth, Michigan
“After serving in sixteen Spanish-speaking Alpha sessions (so far) as a helper, co-host, host, and session leader I have seen how Alpha has helped form new friendships, restore families, and inspire participants to serve in ministry with a new heart. Unlocking Your Parish answered all the questions and concerns I have had while being involved with Alpha.”
Suling Cheaz-Laposa, Alpha Session Leader-Spanish
“This excellent book provides a very practical and inspiring account of the impact Alpha has had in forming missionary disciples at Saint Benedict Parish, Canada. Ron Huntley and Fr. James Mallon share their experience and wisdom with a passion that is both engaging and compelling. I highly recommend Unlocking Your Parish.”
Nicky Gumbel, Vicar of Holy Trinity Brompton, London and pioneer of Alpha
This book is also available as an ebook.
Ron Huntley works internationally with church leaders to build passion and get results. Ron’s love for Jesus, people, and the church drive him to make a difference in the lives of pastors, priests, and ministry leaders everywhere. Ron and Fr. James Mallon worked side by side to bring about the Divine Renovation at Saint Benedict Parish in Halifax, Canada.
Fr. James Mallon is the part-time Episcopal Vicar for Parish Renewal and Leadership Support for the Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. Although now former pastor of Saint Benedict Parish in Halifax, he is still very much part of the faith community. Fr. James is also the author of the bestselling book Divine Renovation: Bringing Your Parish from Maintenance to Mission.