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Raise the Bar (For Ourselves)
Today, churches of all kinds are discovering that by expecting more of their members they get more, and the members grow more. This growth is evident in church attendance, financial support, participation in ministries within the congregation, as well as enthusiasm for service performed outside the congregation. In these churches, almost everything increases, except the dropout rate which usually declines. While some who read this might complain that, in the past, placing higher expectations on people only drove them away, times have changed. The results are in, and across the country, the numbers no longer support such fears.
Today, people want to invest their lives in something that makes a difference, and makes them different in the process. More often than not, higher expectations cause increased commitment even from newcomers. Most inspiring, is that this result is even more pronounced the younger the person is. Is it possible that we can now see ourselves more clearly from the outside in, than from the inside out?
How can expecting more of people make a church more attractive? Read more...
Move Over for the Game-Changer Generation
We have all heard the disastrous reports regarding declines in church attendance. And yet, for a brilliant moment, all this will seem like just a bad dream as our ranks swell on Christmas. Like Joseph and young Mary, they will wander up to our doors, wondering if there is room at the inn. Those least expected, like shepherds and kings, will fill our ranks as well and many of them will be young. Can we recognize Christ in their company and be Christ-bearers for them?
The iGeneration, Y-Generation, Millennials, Mosaics – whatever the label, they may be the game-changer generation for our parishes. Read more...
Growth is a Real Possibility for Your Parish!
The single most effective way that churches grow is through small faith groupings. One of the most promising processes available today is called Christ Life. Any parish can leverage this process and intentional groups to grow in partnership with other Christ Life parishes in our Diocese. Interested? More information can be obtained here. Read more...
Growth May Have Little to Do With Numbers
Is your parish growing? But more importantly, how do think about growing? Is it numbers? When it comes to church growth little is measured by the numbers. Churches can grow numerically for a variety of reasons, some of which are deceiving or merely coincidental. As with so many other living things, when it comes to vitality, numbers are at best symptomatic of growth, not the cause or the purpose of growth. Read more...
Church Growth: The Next Evangelization
Parish success might come down to the answer to a simple question: Why aren’t we growing? I am convinced that the next evangelization can start with this answer. Why? Because we listen with a mix of astonishment and disbelief to Easter stories of a powerful young church. Why aren’t we just as Spirit-filled today? Many Catholics have been generously sacramentalized. Some are even sufficiently catechized. But too few are adequately evangelize. Could it be that we have lost the capability to warm hearts that yearn for Christ? Read more...
Where Do We Grow from Here?
No outreach initiative is only about getting people to show up at church. Worship is essential, but not sufficient. And for some it isn't first. The Eucharist is an invitation to live out our baptism – grow in faith, by sharing that faith, and be transformed by faith. We are commissioned to keep the faith, but not keep it to ourselves. And isn't the parish is bigger than those who come to Mass every week anyway? Thriving parishes are helping their people to: name it, claim it, tame it and aim it. Do your people live their faith so abundant that it is attracting attention? Would anyone outside the parish, notice or care if your parish moved or closed tomorrow? Jesus offers life in abundance and Jesus claims a growth paradigm for His Church! Ask yourself, where do we GROW from here?
And more Catholics will be returning on our second busiest day of the year which is (guessing?)… Ash Wednesday. What is your plan? Read more...
Parish Evangelization Resources
Responsive Evangelization: Why something new?
Good Worship Starts with Good Welcome
New Evangelization and Young Adults
Intentional Discipleship: What does it look like?
What Do Newcomers See When Arrive?
Support for Catholics Living with Divorce
Always Our Children - to Parents of Homosexual Children
with Suggestions for Pastoral Ministers
Church Teaching regarding Divorce
Resources for Faithful Parenting
Challenges and Marriage Difficulties
Friends Introduce Their Friends to Jesus...
it might be as easy as: 1. Send one of these links to them, 2. Wait a week or so. 3. Ask them about their visit to the website. 4. Invite them to join you for a cup of coffee to discuss it or to accompany you to a church event.
What Else Can Catholics Do?
Grow in faith, give witness to faith, share faith and be transformed in faith...
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