numbers that will only be enhanced with
ongoing immigration. Religion has an
ongoing place, and might have an even
more significant impact on Canadian life.
That is exciting stuff.
Secondly, for churches to be incredibly
alert and prepared for people coming from
other churches. In a community like ours,
Lethbridge, you’d think we wouldn’t be
touched by immigration, but we have all
kinds of Filipino temporary workers who
are here right now. What an opportunity for
Catholics for ministry to them! They show
up, the Catholics don’t even have to recruit
them. Churches need to be alert and realize
they are going to arrive in increasingly large
numbers in the next few decades.
The third big thing, and our research
has been documenting this for years, is
that people aren’t in a market for churches,
they are in a market for ministry. If all a
group can say is, “We have the top church
in town,” that’s not what people want.
They want to know that their involvement
is worthwhile, that it’s having an impact
on their life and their family’s lives. Significance is a huge topic.
We’ve asked people if they’d be open to
greater involvement if they found it
worthwhile, and if people in the middle
are open to more involvement. They are.
When we ask them what they’d consider worthwhile, people talk about spiritual
needs, personal needs, relational needs.
They are interested potentially in church
to the extent that religious groups can
have an impact, help them to think their
kids will turn out okay, offer help to marriages in trouble. We’ve had grandparents
…people aren’t in a market for churches, they are in a market
for ministry. They want to know that their involvement is
having an impact on their life and their family’s lives.”
say that if they thought their grandkids
would benefit, they’d be involved.
It’s kind of a pragmatic thing. If I could
find that my involvement would enrich my
life and help me with my life and my relationships with my kids and wife or husband, I’d be open to greater involvement.
I get these revelations in the shower,
wondering what the connections are. If
we are saying, “What do we need to do?”
it’s finding ways of being able to significantly touch the lives of the people that
we are coming in contact with. No one is
saying they are looking for a great church.
They’re looking for significance.
F T: Thank you so much, Reg. /FT
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