Have you heard Albert Einstein’s definition of INSANITY? We’ve been using it at presentations for a while and every time it comes to mind, it strikes me. He defines insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results.”
So I ask again, “Are you insane?”
Are you doing the same programming over and over expecting it to work this time? Have you had the same youth ministry program since before your Gen Z teens were born? Do you have annual events that haven’t had a refresher since 1980?
The next question is, “Do you want your parish to transform? Are you interested in thriving?”
The biggest hurdle is changing your mindset, tearing it all down and starting over – if the situation calls for it. We can’t keep doing the same events, the same formulas and expect to grow and thrive. We compare using a coach to create a vision plan to hiring a personal trainer to get healthy. You know that if you want your body to change you need to eat differently – you won’t get fit having cake for lunch every day!
Your parish won’t grow and change if you aren’t willing to take a risk, try something new, and even fail a couple of times. We don’t succeed on the first try every time. Sometimes we do, but most of the time we don’t.
Are you trying to get a different result, but not changing your method? We don’t need to change the Gospel, we just need to work on our delivery! What can you do this week to implement a game-changer?
One of my favorite game-changers is OSV’s founder, Fr. John Francis Noll. He saw protestant revivalists infiltrating the hearts and minds of Catholics in the Midwest in the mid-1910s. He was losing parishioners because they were educating them incorrectly about the faith. So he decided to start writing, purchased a printing press for $1, and changed the world. Now 107 years later OSV is still serving the Church … a pretty big game-changer if you ask me!