We were building faith—not just building bricks
From there our population of 600 households grew to 1650 households. Our decision back then was wise, and our church and faith formation center are now near capacity.
BUILDING FAITH 2.0 is not about money, it’s about parish life.
Yes, our parish is growing in numbers. But it’s not the same as growing as a parish that brings about a new spiritual awakening.
Pope Francis says, IF YOU’RE NOT GROWING, YOU ARE LANGUISHING!
In Catholic parishes that have a static population (no new housing, city or rural), 80% of those parishes are bleeding parishioners. It’s true in most mainline Protestant populations as well. In interviews, this is what people are saying about this phenomenon:
I don’t get anything out of mass
I’ve just fallen away
The parish isn’t very welcoming
I’ve joined another church
I’m spiritual, but no longer religious
For God’s sake, I hear myself—it’s like a downer, bad news. But we have good news. We are not static; our numbers are growing; we have many great things happening. But we have become comfortable and we can’t settle for comfortable even though is seems very positively comfortable.
Remember: GOOD ENOUGH IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH
In order to work from GOOD to GREAT to ON FIRE, to have a new spiritual awakening….
WE’RE UNDER CONSTRUCTION!!!
In all of parish life:
Seeking out a new level of ownership, involvement and participation.
Our Eucharistic gathering here
Renewed family connection to God and faith
Faith Formation for both adult and kids
Our prayer life, hospitality and welcoming, health and wellness,
Outreach to the poor
Revitalizing parish events
The goal of Under Construction is not just to increase things 2%, 3% , or 6%. That only continues to make us GOOD. We want to bound forward to new heights that will give an ever-increasing sense of meaning for our parish community.
It’s a LEAP!
In the next weeks, we hope to convince you that you want to be a part of this new spiritual awakening.
WE’LL MAKE IT FUN!
Oh my! This is a big risk for us! Oh my! What if this doesn’t work!
Oh My! But the payoff is enormous!! To Quote Bernie: HUGE!
Donald wants IN: “We are going to make this parish great again! What do you have to lose? Give me a
Hillary wants IN: “I will release all the parish e-mails; well most of the parish e-mails; having to do with
anything UNDER CONSTRUCTION”
Hey the parish staff is IN!! The parish leadership is IN!!
I’M ALL IN
I know that you want to be the first IN, too.
This is going to be great! I can feel it!