What if we helped people handle stress better
What if our parish created a ministry that would help people remove noise and clutter from their lives and handle stress better. Think it would get any traction? I "like" TED on Facebook and this video popped into my news feed. TED talks catch my imagination so I gave this one a listen and I found fascinating. I watched and wondered how our parishes could take this idea and create a meaningful way to help their harried, over scheduled, hyperactive parishioners. Seriously, have we looked at ministry as treating the whole person? A very good argument could be made along this line of thinking, can we minister to the spiritual without ministering to the whole person.
For example, our parish needs money so Father and lays witnesses, maybe a finance council member make the ask. If we over extended, over mortgaged, credit card swiping under income middle class there is a good chance the "ask" will fall on deaf ears. Perhaps personal finance workshops or debt reduction lessons are in order. FPU anyone? How about this? A husband and wife show up to Mass after a delicious argument over a mother in law. Reckon the "ask" for a catechist will be heard? How about the Five Love Languages Or Marriage For Keeps on an annual rotation.
I think Pope France is right. A poor church for the poor. Not just the monetarily poor but he poor in spirit, the poor in parenting, the poor in stress management. The new evangelization is a golden opportunity to think different. To connect people to people who are the Church.
What clever ways can a parish connect and minister where you live? Please leave your comments in the comment box.