This course is for every parish leader – from the pastor to each volunteer – to give a firm foundation for effective, evangelical, and sustainable parish ministry. From chapters on the real importance of the parish to accurately identifying root problems in our parish culture, this course can imm...
Why do we need to talk about parish renewal right now? And what is the goal of parish renewal in the first place? Tim notes that it all starts with your parish culture and breaks down the reasons it is absolutely necessary to put our focus on our parish culture to succeed in renewal.
This chapter introduces the section “What is the real issue?”. In the next few chapters, Tim will look at the cultural roots of inertia in our parishes and give us a run-down on the basic requirements that will make it possible for renewal to take place.
Tim notes that the real crisis lies in nothing more than a lack of discipleship. Everything flows from that point. However, fixing that issue is easier said than done because the roots run deep. Cultural Catholicism is dying, and that poses challenges.
Tim makes a stark point: If we are going to talk about discipleship in our parishes and with our parishioners, the language must be crystal clear. This chapter discusses how you and your parish can better understand and communicate what discipleship truly is.
If we are going to cast a vision for our parish, we have to start with the “why”. Tim notes that the initial battle your parish will have to fight will be to communicate and drive home answers to questions like “What is the purpose of the Church?”, “Why does our parish exist?”, and “Why am I Cath...
Tim hones in on the most important starting point for people: make your parish ministries simple and clear. This might mean cutting down on some ministries so you can be more intentional with the ones you have. Tim also provides 2 different formulas for discipleship in a parish.
You must till the soil before you plant the seed. And how is this done? Tim says that pre-evangelization is entirely relational. We cannot evangelize without relationship formation taking place in our ministries and in our parish. Tim also gives the “Four A’s” which provide a framework for this p...
We need to accompany people to full growth in the Christian life. Tim provides further evidence of why discipleship is absolutely necessary following pre-evangelization and evangelization. He gives us the key to unlocking discipleship, which is community.
Every baptized Christian is supposed to multiply and make more disciples. How does our parish prepare people for this mission and then send them out to accomplish it? Tim discusses all of these critical points in this chapter.
Tim introduces the next section on mobilizing leaders with a warning. If you don’t multiply your leadership, you will burn out. He gives two extremes in parish life that must be avoided if you want to mobilize your leaders.
Tim notes in this chapter that the end goal should be lay people operating creatively on their own. This vision can sometimes be a scary thought to parish leaders, but Tim further discusses why it is vital for your parish to become vibrant.
In this chapter, Tim introduces the section “Align Everything”. If our new vision as a parish is to make disciples, we should re-analyze everything we do as a parish in light of that core mission. We call this mission alignment; drifting away from that mission causes dysfunction.
Chapter 24: What are We Trying to do With Alignment?
What is the point of alignment? Tim answers with this statement: “If we are going to prioritize evangelization making disciples, then all things (ministries, communications, hospitality, fundraising) in our parish should prioritize evangelization and making disciples.”