May the Peace of Christ be with you as we enter into February.
Here we go with another set of weekly news items to assist your ministry with pertinent information and formation.
- Not sure about you, but we cancel Sunday evening classes on Super Bowl Sunday in deference to a Sunday afternoon Souper Bowl of Caring service effort. Since we weren’t teaching last night, it might be important to consider what lessons were being taught through the commercials on the Souper Bowl telecast.
- Chris Wesley wants to know (and wants you to know) if your volunteers know Jesus?
A healthy ministry not only needs relational adults, but ones who are confident and competent in their faith.
- Just in case you were ever wondering about this as many states move towards legalization, Illinois Catholic bishops, citing a commitment “to the common good;” took a stand against legalizing recreational use of marijuana.
- A recent report indicates that most Anglican churchgoers have a 'total lack of confidence' in speaking about faith 'at all and with anyone', according to a report for the Church of England's General Synod.
The report from the Church's Evangelism Task Group and Evangelism and Discipleship Team highlights research showing that while 70% of churchgoers could think of someone they could invite to church, between 85 and 90% of these said they had no intention of doing so.
How might we develop a culture of invitation in our communities?
- FOR PARENTS: Service is defined as “Lending a hand to help someone else.” How can we teach our kids to embody this principle? How can we teach our kids to use their hands to give instead of take? ParishCue has some suggestions.
- Finally, here what’s been making me happy… I witnessed a presentation by Luke Burgis based on his book Unrepeatable: Cultivating the Unique Calling of Every Person. I feel as if it is a total game-changer for the next years of ministry for me. It has only been days since the presentation but there has been an abundance of blessings overflowing since then.
God bless you for all that you are doing to lend a hand to help someone else by accompanying them in faith.