Beyond Boundaries

album-somewhere-elseIf you don’t know where you are going,
you will wind up somewhere else.

Yogi Bera

There has been talk of strategic planning in some corners… and there is often a risk involved – – it is essential to find the middle ground between “Blue sky-ing” (identifying a ideal future without consideration to the “signs of the times” surrounding what will soon become our realities) and “navel gazing” (being incapable of looking beyond only how whatever we come up with impacts our own selves.)

Yet, here is the call:

A new evangelization is synonymous with mission, requiring the capacity to set out anew,
go beyond boundaries and broaden horizons.
The new evangelization is the opposite of self-sufficiency, a withdrawal into oneself,
a status quo mentality and an idea that pastoral programs are simply to proceed as they did in the past.
Today a ‘business as usual’ attitude can no longer be the case.

(Synod of Bishops XIII Ordinary General Assembly,
The New Evangelization for the Transmission of Christian Faith,
Lineamenta, #10)

That quote above continues “Now is the time for the Church to call upon every Christian community to evaluate their pastoral practice on the basis of the missionary character of their program and activities.” And, if we are to do so, we must look beyond ourselves and consider what is occurring around us to evaluate our practices.

Gotta tell you, in whatever moments between the usual hyper-activity of February, we have been engaging in planning locally.  We are working outside a ‘business as usual’ attitude, letting go of “personal ties” and sacred cows and the such and focusing down on mission.  It’s pretty cool and we are working out all the details now.

D. Scott Miller

D. Scott Miller is the dean of Catholic Youth Ministry bloggers which is a polite way of either saying that he is just plain old or has been blogging for a long time (since 2004.)

Scott recently married the lovely Anne and together they have five adult young people and also grandparent three delightful kids (so, maybe he is just plain old!) Scott presently serves at Saint John the Evangelist in Columbia, MD as the director of youth and young adult ministry.

He has previously served on the parish, regional, diocesan, and national levels as well as having taught within a catholic high school. He is one of the founders of RebuildMyChurch and has returned to posting regularly (keeping regular is important to old guys) at ProjectYM.


D. Scott Miller


D. Scott Miller is the dean of Catholic Youth Ministry bloggers which is a polite way of either saying that he is just plain old or has been blogging for a long time (since 2004.)

Scott recently married the lovely Anne and together they have five adult young people and also grandparent three delightful kids (so, maybe he is just plain old!) Scott presently serves at Saint John the Evangelist in Columbia, MD as the director of youth and young adult ministry.

He has previously served on the parish, regional, diocesan, and national levels as well as having taught within a catholic high school. He is one of the founders of RebuildMyChurch and has returned to posting regularly (keeping regular is important to old guys) at ProjectYM.



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