Identifying with our parish mission and vision is what makes disciples out of our parishioners … those people who have the positive energy and passion to engage others in the parish community and beyond, making all feel connected, for the good of everyone.
When discipleship-focused evangelism happens in a parish, it’s dynamic. You can feel the intense energy from your interaction with others. It’s what makes captivated believers out of church-goers. And it makes the job of achieving our mission and vision much more realistic and meaningful.
We need to encourage everyone — no matter what their place in the parish community — to truly follow Jesus’ teachings and share that with others. They could be anyone, anywhere – on a committee, an occasional attendee at Mass, a child, or a member of the staff. We all need to share our beliefs, what we’ve learned along the way, and our success stories with each other. This will help build our community of disciples bring the SEAS mission and vision to life.
Romans 12:4-8. “For as in one body we have many parts, and all the parts do not have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ and individually parts of one another. Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us exercise them: if prophecy, in proportion to the faith; if ministry, in ministering; if one is a teacher, in teaching; if one exhorts, in exhortation; if one contributes, in generosity; if one is over others, with diligence; if one does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.”