It’s Good Business to Let Your Business Go Social

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BillHeiden‘s insight:

Technology is not good, or bad…. It just is.  The age of the virtual world will change virtually everything.  These changes present a unique set of challenges and opportunities for faith communities.

 

Faith communities need to be grounded in the unchanging, eternal truth (not being of the world),….. but (being in the world), must recognize where the yet to be converted live and how they communicate.  This article refers to a couple of key considerations for parishes. 

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Which way out?

I’ve been part of a discussion over on LinkedIn for the last several days. The question that started the conversation was “can’t the Catholic Mass be more friendly (like Protestant services)”? There was a lot of vitriolic insistence that fun and friendliness has no place in the Mass. Eventually the conversation wound its way to the absolute necessity that the Mass be said in Latin. It was not participated in widely (fewer than a dozen contributed), nonetheless I was frustrated by the majority of the opinion.

The conversation gave me a lot on which to reflect, which I am sure I will do over the coming days. I can already identify my principal concern though. It is this- the public conversation on Catholicism seems to be generally split between the poles. On one side are those who want permission to pursue relativism with a clear conscience and on the other are those who seem hellbent on justifying their own right and goodness with the faith.

I think that latter group is trying to defend the faith. But the faith doesn’t need defending, it needs spreading. In order to effectively evangelize, we must realize it is about them. We must meet the unchurched, under churches, and dechurched where they are and bring them into discipleship. That is a long range commitment.

Evangelization=Marketing

Pope Blesses Homeless Jesus

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/kathyschiffer/2013/11/homeless-jesus-statue-finds-a-fan-in-pope-francis/

There is no debate that the Catholic faith is Eucharist centered. And the roots of that center are clear. Pope Francis is a natural evangelist, because he readily draws attention to the Christian mission that that center calls us to. The willingness of bishops, pastors, priests, and laity to follow his example will determine the success of the Church into the future. In the context of faith, marketing = evangelization.

Local pastors learning from mega-churches – Catholic Free Press

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Local pastors learning from mega-churches
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These churches, known as mega-churches, located mostly in the South, apparently have some welcoming techniques that Catholics can learn from.

BillHeiden‘s insight:

Rebuilt is a well written explanation of one Catholic Parish’s revitalization.  They are steadfast in there Catholic identity, but unabashed in their acknowledgement of looking at successful protestant churches for insight.  If more of the Catholic Church can learn and innovate, while maintaining the Eucharist centered faithfulness, evangelization will soar.

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Weekly Chestnut Hill supper offers community respite from daily challenges – Newsworks.org

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Weekly Chestnut Hill supper offers community respite from daily challenges Newsworks.org The event, which celebrated its two-year anniversary in late February, offers both church members and non-members alike a chance at some healthy, home-cooked…

BillHeiden‘s insight:

 

This an episcopal church that is doing something very right. Catholic parishes looking to operate strategically, shouldn’t limit themselves to Catholic organizations for ideas; or even Christian organizations; or even religious groups. Perhaps the most interesting element of the article from a strategic point of view, is the references to a fallen away Catholic and an Atheist. Fundamentally, if you want to evangelize, you must meet people where they are.

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Pope names top economists, finance experts to … – Catholic News

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This entry was posted by Catholic Faith on March 8, 2014 at 9:50 pm. Pope names top economists, finance experts to Vatican body. The creation of the 15-member council is a major step in bringing lay people into the Vatican, and reflects a …

BillHeiden‘s insight:

This is an excellent precedent to be set by the Pope.  It recognizes the talents that laity have to offer in leadership of the church.

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The Business Of Faith

I have been trained in management, marketing, and finance and have applied that training in a wide variety of forums and formats. Over the years I have developed a passion for applying these areas of expertise to the practice of faith.

I believe strongly that our faith should be foundational to all our actions. I also believe that as individuals and as a community of faith we will be strengthened by considering this aforementioned foundation strategically. As individuals, doing so will help us develop our decision-making as mature practitioners of our faith. As a community, such consideration will enable us to build disciples and evangelize effectively.

Neither of these beliefs conflicts with the intensely spiritual nature of faith, in fact I am quite sure that such consideration will build our confidence to live our faith and even articulate it to others.

I have given many talks on the subject of a faithful approach to material world…. here’s a link to one:

http://www.stmarysimsbury.org/index.cfm?load=news&newsarticle=322