One of my favorite discovers of the previous year has been Springtide Research. I’ve shared about them in the past (here). I recently received a preview of their new work Work/Life: Helping Gen Z Flourish & Find Balance, which is quite insightful.
As you read today’s post maybe you’re thinking, “She posts about Springtide Research too often.” It’s because they are doing research that’s speaking to my youth minister’s soul. I want everyone to find a home in the Catholic Church, especially young people. I believe the Catholic Church has what they are seeking – but we do a poor job inviting young people in. Why? I think we don’t really understand them. I think this has probably been true of every new generation, and now I’m just old enough to see a new generation come of age.
I recently finished a new book by Cande de Leon entitled The Heart of the Mission. I cannot recommend this book enough to parishes, pastors, ministry teams, and anyone really. Cande breaks down the HOW of Evangelization in a way that makes sense for all believers.
A friend and I started reading The Screwtape Letters together a few weeks ago, and I’ve been reminded about how much I really love this book. If you’ve never read, it’s a peek at the correspondence of two demons. A senior demon, Screwtape, is trying to teach his nephew, Wormwood, how to “bring humans over to Our Father’s side.” Somethings feel upside and backwards as you’re reading it – like the reference to “Our Father” … that’s Satan. God is referred to as The Enemy.
A few weeks ago some reminded me about this post when they added a comment: Dicey Conversations. I’ve been thinking about this and “hard conversations” and conflict a lot lately. The secret to having a great hard conversation is starting with empathy. I’m continuing my pull from Dr. Brené Brown’s book Dare to Lead today to talk about some steps for empathy.
There are a lot of books about leadership on the market. I use many of them in the workshops I lead for Dioceses, including the work I mentioned a few weeks ago about the Change Style Indicator. I was cleaning off my desk last week and saw this book again. I’ve loved Dr. Brené Brown’s work for years including her books, TED talks, Netflix special, and her general take on shame, vulnerability, and courage. I want less of the first and a ton more of the last two, don’t you?
If you’ve been around here any length of time, then you know I love a good book club. I think books (fiction and non-fiction) can help us understand ourselves and others better. When we understand each other, we can establish stronger relationships with fellow parishioners, neighbors, friends, and the Lord. That’s why I’m so excited to share with you about the New Hope Book Club from OSV.
This parish book club is an example of what can happen when everyone at the parish is on the same page. A focus on a particular topic for all formation from children to teens to adults can transform your parish culture!
I read a lot of books, some are okay, but some are fantastic! Made for Mission was fantastic!! I’ve been sharing with you for a few months … but in case you need one more push to get you and your staff a copy, here it is!
We weren’t created for brokenness, but we all live it every day. We are a wounded people living in a broken world. Too many times we gloss over this in ministry at our parishes or want people to deal with it before they arrive … but our parishes can be a place of hope and healing.