Ash Wednesday’s coming up! What will your parish do to ready itself for new people?!
We talk about it a lot, but we don’t do enough of it … none of us. Steve Angrisano once said, “We have a lot of near faith experiences in ministry … we’re near a lot of people who have faith experiences.”
Our second resolution is “Kindness.” This doesn’t mean saying yes all of the time no matter what … it means being clear and charitable. Kind even when delivering bad news.
Let’s make some resolutions for 2020 beginning with something our new pastor said to me 8 years ago when I was on staff … Presume the Good. I didn’t get it right away, but as soon as major changes started coming, it made perfect sense! Not just for new pastors, but also for them too!
It seems too simple: Just Listen. It’s not a simple practice though; it takes time to form a healthy and life giving listening habit. Will you take the time?
“Forward, Always Forward, Everywhere Forward” was the motto of the founder of the college I went to school. Boniface Wimmer was set on always bettering himself, the abbey, and the students he mentored. I’ve been following a personal development coach online so I figured why not do the same thing for our parishes!?
Do you need to change the game? Are you just living the definition of insanity by doing the same thing over and over again expecting it to change things? If we want something new, we need to do something new!
I had lunch today with a friend of mine who was ordained earlier this summer (Hi Father!). He asked me for advice. I had two thoughts. First, OH HOW I LOVE to give advice and share my opinion. I’ve got a lot of thoughts. Second, who am I to give advice?
Do we do ministries just because someone else told us to? Or because “we’ve always done that this way”? Or because it makes the most sense for the people we are trying to reach?
Even before I became a parish coach, I was addicted to spiritual memoirs, self-help books, personal growth, and inspirational quotes. Now those things along with how other people are doing things are my life blood. Knowing what others are doing and how they are growing helps make us all better!