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,
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.