The following are the homily notes from my “State of The Parish” Homily given on the weekend of October 6/7 which outline my vision, mission and strategy for 2019. To watch the homily, please click here: State of the Parish Homily 2018
Purpose Driven Discipleship Process
God’s vision and purposes (5) for his church is The Great Commandment and the Great Commission.
The Great Commandment: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart…soul…and mind (worship). This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself (connect, serve). The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments” (Mt 22:37-40).
The Great Commission: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations (proclaim), baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit (connect), teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (grow) (Mt 28:19-20).
Mission is what we do—Our Purpose. Our Mission: Love God (Worship). Love Others (Connect). Grow. Serve. Proclaim.
Vision: Why are we here—Our Dream. Our dream is to bring people to Jesus and to his Church, and for all members of Christ’s Church to commit to their growth in being a true disciple of Jesus by living the Great Commandment and the Great Commission.
Our Motto: A great commitment to the Great Commandment and the Great Commission will grow a great Church.
How (Strategy)? It all starts with the weekend experience (Worship).
Our weekend experience focuses on four primary objectives:
- A friendly, welcoming and inviting environment
- A solid single and beyond message (homily)
- A worship experience that allows people to enjoy the presence of God.
- A quality children’s ministry
THE CLASSES: The classes lead people to commit to their growth into being true disciples of Jesus.
Class 101: “Come and See” Discovering our Church Family (Connect). We teach:
- God’s five purposes for your life and why you need the church
- Overview of the 7 Sacraments, the Creed and other essential beliefs
- Corpus Christi’s Mission, Vision, and Strategy
- Who we are (Corpus Christi) and the structure of our parish
- Our four core values
Class 201: “Follow Me” Discovering My Spiritual Maturity (Grow). We teach:
- Daily Time in God’s Word
- Prayer-Talking with God
- Participation in the Sacramental Life of the Church especially the Eucharist
- Tithing-giving Back to God
- Fellowship-Enjoying God’s Family
Class 301: “Grow with Me” Discovering My Ministry (Serve). Class 301 is designed to help you discover your unique S.H.A.P.E. for ministry.
- S Spiritual Gifts-H Heart-A Abilities-P Personality-E Experience
Class 401:”Go and Tell” Discovering My Life Mission (Proclaim). Class 401 is designed to help you prepare to be Christ’s Ambassadors outside the church.
Small Groups: The small group is the place where one meets with other Catholics for fellowship, spiritual growth, encouragement and support in one’s Christian walk.
Through this process: Worship, Connect, Grow, Serve and Proclaim, we begin to see the world like Jesus, think like Jesus, love like Jesus, and do the things that Jesus did while he was with us on the earth. Through this process we are slowly transformed day by day and step by step into the image of Christ.