“I’m Steve Petrunak, and I’m a member of NPM.”
And so it began – a speech that will surely go down in the annals of NPM as a game-changer.
The occasion was the members’ meeting of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, recently concluded in Cincinnatti. On stage, and under the microscope (“whaddaya think of this new guy??”) was Steve Petrunak, new NPM president.
“Let me speak honestly,” Steve said more than once. No sugarcoating, no euphemisms, no pretending. Honesty – raw honesty. Which implicitly says to people “I trust you. You can handle it.”
Before it was over, the talk succeeded in exuding excitement, promise, and hope.
But to get there, Steve first got honest about everything. Declining membership – nearly half what it was once; weak digital outreach – an old website “littered with old and outdated information”; weak financials that “some would call a crisis” (Steve disagrees); and so forth.
But Steve’s emphasis was on the many new and exciting developments – a new editor of print and digital publications, a new website, new people working on the website, a new conference concept, a new capital campaign fund, new solicitation of donors, new membership initiatives, and on and on.
Here’s vintage Petrunak, as he brought his conclusion to a crescendo:
We can make a difference, when we all pull together… This is a time of transformation for our Church and association, as it was when NPM began. It’s a time for us to be committed, to be bold, to be nothing less than disciples.
I’m Steve Petrunak, and I’m a hopeful member of NPM.
And then, applause. Applause that went on and on and on. I think the membership is energized.
Watch the video here.
13:29 Steve’s talk begins
18:56 Membership information
34:16 Convention plans – including Bishop Caggiano and James Martin SJ!
38:15 Digital presence
39:08 Membership plans
44:56 The new website
52:37 Finances and development
1:02:10 The Mark C. Kulyk story