This is not so much a strategy, but a question of „what do we need to do to be fruitful?“ We believe that by focusing on the following five areas, we are laying a foundation to be fruitful:
1. Promote a strong culture of prayer. Prayer is the foundation and source of strength for our ministries.
2. Create spaces for purposeful relationships. God is relationship: we want to live relationships that are honest and healthy, that is, purposeless. God loves everyone just as they are. This is a prerequisite for any growth in the life of faith and at the same time the space where this can take place.
3. mission orientation: every baptized person is mission. Mission is and always has been the identity of the Church. Our Church is missionary by its very nature. Every baptized Christian shares in the mission of Christ, as all the recent popes, from Paul VI to Francis, remind us. It is a matter of bearing witness to the joy of the Gospel and offering others the possibility of knowing something of that joy.
Pope Francis says, „When we experience the power of God’s love, when we recognize his paternal presence in our personal and community lives, we cannot help but proclaim and pass on what we have seen and heard.“ Every member of the Church, then, is also a missionary disciple, he writes in Evangelii Gaudium: „Every baptized person, regardless of his or her function in the Church and the level of formation of his or her faith, is an active agent of evangelization. […] The new evangelization must include a new understanding of the carrying role of each baptized person. This conviction becomes an immediate call to every Christian that no one desist from his commitment to evangelization; for if one has truly experienced the love of God that saves him, he does not need much preparation time to set out and proclaim it; (…) And we, what are we waiting for?“ (EG 120)
How does this happen practically with us? Primarily by creating places where we can invite those who are distant to have an experience – first of all the „weekend“ (Holy Masses and the trappings), but also Alpha & other programs like Adventure & Faith.
4. Facilitate a clear path of discipleship. We want to follow Jesus Christ and be his disciples – that is, to witness to Christ, to pass on his love, but first of all to make room for his work in our own lives. For us, this means concretely to strive for and accompany a path of growth in five areas: Prayer, Community, Continuing Education, Service to Others, and Passing on the Faith.
Jesus gathers people around him, trains them, teaches them, shapes them, forms and lives community, sends them out. Discipleship, then, begins where one encounters Jesus Christ.
In response to the current challenges of the Church, Pope Francis desires a new evangelization as a path of discipleship in response to love for the one who first loved us (cf. 1 Jn 4:19); a path, then, that makes possible a faith lived, experienced, celebrated and witnessed with joy. „Evangelization leads us to recover the joy of the Gospel, the joy of being Christians.“
5. Supporting other (parish or sub-parish) communities. We see ourselves as an active part of the local church. We bring our small contribution to how the future of the church can be shaped. Because the old recipes no longer work. Being able to bear witness and support other parishes in their work is something that has grown more and more in recent years and something we continue to focus on.