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"As he approached the door to the sacristy, Fr. Daniel Connor had no idea that his parish - and his priesthood - was about to be changed forever."

THE BETTER PASTOR is a fictional yet realistic story, lovingly written for all those priests in the world who are not only spiritual shepherds but also leaders of the organizations we call parishes. Being the pastor of a Catholic parish is one of the most challenging jobs in the world. Whether they are responsible for a small rural parish, medium-sized urban one, or large suburban mega-parish, all pastors have one thing in common: they can t do it alone. Unfortunately, many wonderful priests find that becoming a pastor can be overwhelming and lonely, and can even diminish the joy of their vocation. This is a tragedy, and an unnecessary one.

In his first book written for a Catholic audience, Patrick Lencioni tells the story of a priest who is challenged to think differently about his job. As he does in his other leadership fables written for the secular world, Lencioni quickly cuts to the heart of the challenge faced by leaders, and he provokes them to embrace simple but powerful concepts that can change the way they work and serve the people God has put in their lives.

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Book Endorsements: "Parish life demands that we pastors steer the ship in unfamiliar and sometimes threatening waters. In The Better Pastor, Patrick Lencioni offers us a new way of seeing our role as shepherds, one that is challenging, encouraging, and hopeful in the same breath." --FR. BRIAN LARKIN, Pastor, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Denver, CO

"Lencioni is one of the most sought after leadership experts of our time, and the most successful organizations in the world look to him for advice. Now he''s putting his gifts at the service of the Church he loves so much. His advice is simple, focused, and accessible, just like our ministries should be." --CHRIS STEFANICK, Author/Speaker/Creator of Real Life Catholic

"This book is a highly relevant story for today s parish priest. It will serve as a catalyst to better help pastors successfully, faithfully, and happily live out their calling as good leaders and shepherds of our beloved parishes."
FR. DAVE SIZEMORE
Pastor, St. John Neumann Catholic Church, Sunbury, OH

"In a humorous fable, Lencioni lays bare the challenge faced by every generation of priests: confronting pastoral realities that seminary training could neither anticipate nor address."
FR. ERIC POWELL
Pastor, Epiphany Catholic Church, Normal, IL

"Patrick Lencioni is a consummate storyteller and renowned leadership expert. The Better Pastor is a timely answer to prayer, and a resource for every priest!"
TOM PETERSON
Author/Speaker/TV Host, Catholics Come Home® - --various

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Patrick Lencioni is a New York Times best-selling author and president of the Table Group, a firm dedicated to helping organizations become healthier and more effective. He is a lifelong Catholic who, after more than twenty years in business, decided to spend more of his time and energy serving the Church. He is a cofounder of The Amazing Parish Movement (AmazingParish.org), committed to helping pastors and their teams improve organizationally and spiritually. He has worked with a host of parishes, schools, and dioceses, and has consulted to a wide variety of Catholic apostolates. Pat lives in California with his wife and four sons.

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SpiritualityProf
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A good read for a new pastor.....
Reviewed in the United States on May 2, 2017
This is a very true and authentic book. Written by Patrick Lencioni, a man who knows a great deal about management, (has written some twenty-five other books) as well as has a passionate love for the Church, basically wants to make clear what many of us lacked through... See more
This is a very true and authentic book. Written by Patrick Lencioni, a man who knows a great deal about management, (has written some twenty-five other books) as well as has a passionate love for the Church, basically wants to make clear what many of us lacked through seminary training: a strong management foundation. Becoming a pastor for the first time in my life, of in fact, a very large parish with a school, I really appreciate his short book as I have been studying and reading everyday to assume my new role. (I was primarily formed to teach). Truly, it is overwhelming to think about in moments, but he gives very good and solid advice as well as other resources to look at. He points out that though the most important element of being a priest is pursuit of holiness and love of God and the Church, a pastor is the leader of an organization that requires management and leadership skills. Part of this (of which personally I am afraid honestly) is holding people accountable which as he says, “often involves difficult, uncomfortable, and loving conversations.” Prayer of course, is always the answer to all of this, but he cannot lead by himself. One lesson stands out: “Leading a parish to be one amazing is hard and takes time. It will involve pain, suffering, opposition, criticism and great humility. Try to avoid these things will lead a pastor to back off and accept mediocrity.” The only reason I would give this book four stars is because, for one-hundred pages, the price is somewhat steep.
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M. J. Spinelli
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HELPFUL BEYOND THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
Reviewed in the United States on July 14, 2017
While not a Catholic, I am a pastor. I found Lencioni''s book to be helpful and challenging. I could feel the priest''s angst as he wrestled with his parishioner''s input. The advice he gave was excellent and helpful for making the church an excellent place in which to... See more
While not a Catholic, I am a pastor. I found Lencioni''s book to be helpful and challenging. I could feel the priest''s angst as he wrestled with his parishioner''s input. The advice he gave was excellent and helpful for making the church an excellent place in which to minister and enjoy ministry.
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murphy
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Tough choices ahead
Reviewed in the United States on October 8, 2016
This book raises great issues which we need to address as a church but I fear that addressing them will be painful. Mediocrity is rampent in the structures of Catholicism and must be dealt with. Our customers, the people and the pews and the vast number of peope who have... See more
This book raises great issues which we need to address as a church but I fear that addressing them will be painful. Mediocrity is rampent in the structures of Catholicism and must be dealt with. Our customers, the people and the pews and the vast number of peope who have left deserve honesty and excellence.
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Nancy
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Too bad.
Reviewed in the United States on June 28, 2017
Very well written, as always, by this author. His books are always effectively instructive. This topic, in my opinion though, will remain pure fable. Too bad.
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Daniel W.
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highly recommended for pastors
Reviewed in the United States on December 31, 2016
I like this book very much. A good pastor must be good at preaching as well as in leadership.
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Paul
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Five Stars
Reviewed in the United States on December 27, 2016
great read for any one--especially the clergy of any faith
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Daniel Schmit
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Good easy read.
Reviewed in the United States on October 11, 2016
Easy read. Would consider it an edited short version of rebuilt.
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Nursleen
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Makes you think!
Reviewed in the United States on April 22, 2017
Easy read - but a lot here - makes you think!
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