One of the most common comments on surveys when asked about “Adult Education Topics” is “Basics of the Faith.” I’ve written about this recently, you might remember. Then I saw this new initiative that launched right after Labor Dat called “Real + True.” It’s an effort to take the Catechism and make it come alive, to showcase it’s relevancy.
I’ve shared about Springtide Research Institute before a few times, but wanted to share this interview from the founder being interviewed by the millennial hosts of Jesuitical. I found it to be interesting listening to Dr. Josh Packard speak about this next generation – the members of our Church who are under 25. They’re looking for something specific from the Church, and I’m not sure we’re delivering.
A few months ago I watched a webinar recording entitled “Going, Going, Gone” given by Dr. Bob McCarty. He was discussing the research done in conjunction with St. Mary’s Press about why young Catholics have disaffiliated. One of the phrases he uses repeatedly is, “Belonging leads to believing.”
Almost every parish I’ve ever worked with has asked some form of this question, “How do we engage young people?” Or they express a concern about how “they never see young people at Mass; they’re always off doing other things.” I think this new research from Springtide will help us all craft a ministry that really meets the needs of Gen Z! Let’s explore it together!
I saw this youth ministry effort a few weeks ago, and if you haven’t done something creative for youth ministry, now is the time to get started! Use the summer to re-engage the teens at the parish!
When we work as a team, we accomplish more than if we went at it alone. We all agree that’s true in business, sports, and even our personal lives … so why don’t we live it in our parish ministries?