July 5th, 2019 | 32 mins 26 secs
catholic, catholic evangelization, community, evangelization, kerygma, ministry, parish community, parish outreach, servant leadership, service
Ministry programs and apologetics are great, but there’s one area that parishes can often neglect: evangelization. Christians have a mandate to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” But so many Catholics seem to opt out of this and prefer to build programs that service the inner circle instead of welcoming in the larger community. We’re hitting the target, but not the bullseye.
March 1st, 2019 | 30 mins 19 secs
baton rouge, catholic, church, church community, community, fr. josh, fr. josh johnson, gridlock, how to get things done, jeff cavins, parish, parish community, red tape, scripture, stuck in traffic, traffic
Parish life sometimes feels like being stuck in traffic. Things aren’t moving forward, resources are limited, tempers flare, and it feels like there’s nothing we can do to move things along. But Jeff heard an interesting take on this from Fr. Josh Johnson. He said, “You’re not stuck in traffic. You are traffic.” Without knowing it, we can contribute to parish gridlock. Jeff points out several areas where we aimlessly honk our horns instead of doing something to ease the tension, and finds Scripture verses that can help us avoid these tendencies.