The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.”
I have been thinking, reading, and reflecting a lot on evangelization in the midst of the busyness of the fall season. Recently, I ran across the article, 5 Things Parishes are Doing Wrong for the New Evangelization by Peter Andrestek. I shared it with many of you on my blog (www.exploringhiskingdom.wordpress.com), Facebook, Twitter, etc…. Our Pastoral Council and Finance Councils will be discussing the article at our next meetings. It points out some of the challenges we face as a parish and the futility of some of the commonly attempted responses. I would encourage you to read the entire article.
The final paragraphs are powerful. I have been mulling them over and wanted to share them again here.
What should your parish do?
“It is not therefore a matter of inventing a ‘new programme’. The programme already exists: it is the plan found in the Gospel.”
~Novo millennio ineunte, 29
Start small – just like Jesus. Deeply form and train a small group of parishioners in mature discipleship. Then train them to apprentice individuals and small groups of other parishioners into mature discipleship.
The first Christians had no committees, no strategic plans, no DVD series or programs. They were bold. They were daring. They got messy. Jesus led them. He had formed them as disciples to make new disciples. They hurt, they suffered, they bled, they loved, and they changed the world. So must we. So must our parishes.
How can we form a small group of disciples to form other disciples? That is the question that echoes in my mind. What do you think?
Lincoln A. Wood