Host, The Catholic Guy on SiriusXM.
Three-Time Emmy Winner.
Cardinal Seán O'Malley
Archbishop of Boston
In this book, Scot Landry explains why it is critical for parishes, as hubs of the New Evangelization, to embrace new media. He indicates what the essential new media tools are for parishes today, shares practical strategies for how to implement them, and describes how these tools can transform parish communications. I am confident that Scot’s practical wisdom, passion for evangelization, and enthusiasm for new media will help parish leaders overcome any hesitancy about embracing these new methods. We would like all parishes to have a program for engaging those on the digital continent and leading them to be transformed by the grace of the Sacraments and the love of the Christian community within the Church.
As someone who started his career in Old Media, and reluctantly got into New Media, I'm thrilled Scot is encouraging Catholics to engage in New Media. It's not a question of "if" Catholics should be involved in New Media...but a question of "how". Scot answers that question of "how" perfectly. And he, just maybe, makes the rest of us feel guilty we're not doing more! Well, guilt is good in this case. New Media is the New Evangelization.
Endorsements of Transforming Parish Communications
I have always believed that the struggle is not between new and old evangelization but good and bad evangelization. Good evangelization relies on good communications and a Catholic understanding of broadcasting, social media, and how we reach people in the 21st century. This book is an outstanding guide to that process and is essential reading if we are to move forward as Catholics in the modern age.
Author and Broadcaster
Scot Landry is to be complimented on this most timely and useful publication. He both reminds us why the Church needs to be present in the ‘new continent’ of social media and tells us how to make our presence effective. He shows us how the traditional welcome offered by our parishes to those who come searching for a ‘home’, where they may find mercy and healing, hope and meaning, can be extended to far more people if we are attentive to participate in the conversations and dialogue that are emerging across new media platforms.
Scot’s great achievement is in offering very concrete suggestions as to how individual Catholics and parish communities can take their first steps into the digital space. His suggestions are eminently practical and serve to remove some of the fear factors that may inhibit parish initiatives. He puts us on our way and encourages us to be ‘thoughtful practitioners’ who learn from doing. As we become more at home as ‘citizens’ of the networks, we will be better able to evaluate how effective we are in listening to, conversing with, encouraging and, ultimately, bringing to meet Christ those we encounter in this environment. If we share our learning with one another in the Church, we can grow together and share the Good News of God’s love with all those men and women for whom social media are an essential dimension of their lives.
Scot has very generously shared with us his accumulated learning and experience in working with new media in the mission of the Church. His enthusiasm and competence make him a great guide and companion for those who are venturing into this arena; his great familiarity with the area and the thoroughness of his presentation ensure he has much to offer to those who are already engaged.
Msgr. Paul Tighe
Secretary, Pontifical Council for Social Communications
Men and women today increasingly find themselves lost online in a world of false encounter. They’re often feeling alone, unsatisfied, unhappy, and certainly removed from the life of the Church. Catholics must be present there, inviting them in. Scot Landry walks parishes through opening church doors online in welcoming ways, to invite our brothers and sisters to encounter Christ and consider the sacramental life in community.
Kathryn Jean Lopez
Editor-at-large, National Review Online
Nationally syndicated columnist
In his 2014 World Communications Day message, Pope Francis called the Internet “a gift from God” through which "the Christian message can reach to the ends of the earth”. If that’s our mandate in the digital age, then Scot Landry's Transforming Parish Communications: Growing the Church through New Media is your instruction manual.
The idea of the New Evangelization is so often put forth in such abstract terms that many Catholics who want to be involved in it are at a loss as to how to do so. There are plenty of books that cover the “why” of the New Evangelization, and dreadfully few books that cover the “how.” Landry starts, not by showing us how to save the world (an indomitable task that can cause us to feel like abandoning evangelization efforts altogether), but rather how to embrace the means of salvation offered to us, and extend the joy of our own faith lives to the community we meet with every Sunday- the Catholic brothers and sisters in our own parishes who we’re embarrassed to admit that we don’t really know.
Host, SonRise Morning Show
Toss out all your parish's excuses for not using new media to mobilize evangelizers to bring people back to the Catholic Church. Scot Landry has expertly covered every angle from creating content and launching it online to engaging others and making parishes the exciting hubs of evangelization God means for them to be. The appendices alone are worth the price of the book.
Author, The New Evangelization & You.
Host, The Catholics Next Door.
The next generation of parishioners is growing up online. They tweet and text from their smartphones while reading books and watching videos on their iPads and eReaders. For the church to reach this generation, we need to all be on the digital continent that is the Internet. Transforming Parish Communications provides a practical roadmap for every church to communicate and evangelize using this new technology that now permeates today’s modern life.
President, Liturgical Publications Inc. Editor, CatholicTechTalk.com.
A beautifully woven guide that is profoundly relevant and pedagogically sound for the new digital age. It skillfully outlines authentic best practices of new media with our universal call to the new evangelization. As a practitioner in digital strategy at Harvard and practicing Catholic, it's exciting to see this type of book is written. I'm heartened that Scot found a way to effortlessly dovetail the complexities of religion and technology in the pages of this impressive read.
Digital Strategist & Producer, Harvard U.
Author, "Fearing the Stigmata"
Transforming Parish Communications by Scot Landry is a must read for pastors and parish teams. Landry asks the question for pastors—why use scant resources to become a digital immigrant, and train staff and parishioners to do the same. The answer comes from the heart of Church teaching: the internet requires “a soul,” and “digital natives need to be evangelized by digital missionaries.” The book provides all the tools needed for parishes to enter the digital continent, including step-by-step instructions for creating a “new media commission,” mentoring volunteers, and messaging. Envisioning what can happen if the practicing 17+% effectively leveraged social media to invite back the missing 80+%, it foresees the possibility of a single parish evangelizing literally millions of Catholics!
Archbishop of Boston
Cabinet Secretary, New Evangelization
Knowing, loving, and proclaiming Jesus Christ is both a personal and digital opportunity and responsibility. Scot Landry has become expert in the New Media, and this book is a powerful, pastoral “why to and how to” evangelize through new social communications. Our people are technologically savvy; let’s meet them where they are! As one who provides leadership training and consulting, I recommend Transforming Parish Communications: Growing the Church Through New Media because it equips parish and diocesan leadership with an organized and accessible means to reach all; and particularly those who are lost or distant from us and Him. This rich resource enables a team or commission to actually prioritize and plan “evangelizing” with greater care and confidence.
Fr. Bill Dickinson, D. Min.
Vice-President, Episcopal & Client Services,
Catholic Leadership Institute
Transforming Parish Communications: Growing The Church Through New Media makes a critical and needed contribution to the emerging dialogue about New Media and its impact on bringing Catholics and non-Catholics closer to a personal relationship with God. This well-reasoned book is a clarion call for deeper levels of engagement that are possible through a new and broad array of technologies and approaches that enliven and enrich our faith.
CEO, Trinity Partners LLC.
President, Legatus of Boston.
Trustee at iCatholic Media, Inc.
Scot Landry's book offers a great opportunity to parishes. You would be capable of creating and implementing a social media plan for your parish or Church group once you have studied this book. It provides a full plan, complete with everything you need to succeed. What a great resource!
Director of Entrepreneurship Programs at The Catholic University of America.
Author, The Pope and the CEO.
Author, Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious;
Host of the Among Women podcast
Scot Landry's great gift is his ability to both see the forest and the trees. His passion for spreading the Word and his amazing experiences as a technology business leader, in the media and working for the Church make him uniquely suited to guide the next wave of Church leaders towards optimizing this "New Media" Evangelization.
CEO, Extension Engine
(web and mobile solutions provider)
Good Catholic parishes reach parishioners and potential newcomers on Sundays. Great Catholic parishes reach them 24/7 with digital media. Move your parish from good to great with Scot Landry’s Transforming Parish Communications. Landry’s expertise champions clear communications strategies – a how-to for buildings relationships and delivering faith-based messages in person, online, and direct to parishioners' smart phones. Joining the Church’s new evangelization vision with local parish practicality, this easy-to-read volume offers resources and a plan to grow your parish mission.
Growing the Church through New Media introduces “digital missionary” to our faith sharing vocabulary. Scot Landry meticulously presents parishes a plan of action that will empower parishioners, many of whom may not ordinarily consider doing so, innovative ways to courageously share their Catholic faith. With concrete strategies and advice to overcome fear and obstacles, this book will help each of us reach beyond our Church walls like never before.
Founder, Reconciled To You
Catholic New Media Consultant
As a theologian, I am frequently asked what the New Evangelization means concretely for priests and laypeople. Now I can point people to this book. In it Scot Landry gives us deep insight into human functioning, seasoned with his keen organizational skills. The result is a practical, easy-to-work program of action for parishes and individuals who know they need to evangelize better but just don't know how to start. This book shows you how to harness the power of new media in order to reach the majority of baptized Catholics who are missing from parishes, as well as how to make inroads into the secular marketplace of ideas. If we really believed that the Gospel of Jesus Christ brings the deepest fulfillment to every human being, we couldn't help but evangelize. Scot Landry shows us how to do it in 140 characters.
Angela Franks, PhD
Author, Contraception & Catholicism
I believe that this book is a significant tool for parishes as they start to embrace the task of the New Evangelization. Pastors and their teams will find this tool to be of inestimable use as the develop strategies for engaging the New Media in that task.
The power of Catholic radio and Catholic New Media allows our Catholic community to reach those away from the Church and to strengthen all of us in the practice of our great faith. Scot Landry has learned a great amount about sharing the faith effectively through new technologies. In this book, he provides both a wealth of inspiration for the New Evangelization as well as practical implementation ideas for parishes everywhere.
Fr. Paul Soper
Archbishop of Boston
Director for Pastoral Planning
Station Manager, 1060 Catholic Radio
For years, whenever Catholics asked me for new media advice, I'd simply say: 'Look to Boston.' The Archdiocese of Boston has long been a shining light in the digital world and Scot Landry is much to thank. He remains a pioneering leader in Catholic new media which is why I'm so thankful for his new book. It's rare you get to learn directly from someone at the top of his field. But this book delivers practical, straightforward tips on how to harness the most powerful technologies our Church has ever known. Read it, apply it, and join millions of Catholics in giving the internet a Christian soul.
Author, The Church and New Media Content Director, Word on Fire
Throughout its history, the Church has engaged challenges arising from various cultural developments and declines. With God’s graces and the gifts of the Holy Spirit, individuals and communities have found the insights that allow the Church to transpose its presence in the world so as to fulfill the mission of Christ, the Incarnate Word. We all know the enormous technical developments that have changed the means and systems of communication; we are the ones who must help to effect the contemporary transposition so as to bring the Lord and the Gospel to those in our world and culture. It is notable that Scot Landry’s book, Transforming Parish Communications: Growing the Church through the New Media, provides many sophisticated and practical insights as we face the challenges in evangelizing in our time.
Bishop Arthur Kennedy
Auxiliary Bishop, Arch. of Boston
Episcopal Vicar, New Evangelization
I believe that Scot Landry has pinpointed an important aspect of evangelization in the “digital continent”, the parish, which I believe is the next big thing in “new” media. We cannot continue to rely on diocesan efforts alone, the parish can and must be the center of the new evangelization for the “digital continent” and beyond. I believe everyone involved in parish ministry needs to read this book.
Fr. Chip Hines
Pastor, Walpole/Sharon Collaborative
Host, CatholicTV show Spotlight
As Pope Francis said in his first World Communications Day statement, 'the Internet offers immense possibilities for encounter and solidarity and is something truly good, a gift from God.' "Transforming Parish Communications" is just what the doctor ordered. It will help parishes apply this gift of the Internet, in particular new media, through practical yet purposeful ways. This book is a tool that with the potential to transform parish life and have a even broader impact on the New Evangelization.
Author, Motivational Speaker,
Syndicated Catholic Talk Show Host