Friday, February 4, 2011

Pizza parties, bowling and laser tag

Sham Christ, part II.

In other words, why 99.9% of church programs dreamed up by bureaucrats are hopelessly... well, hopeless.

Brilliant piece by Fr. Damian J. Ference Why Vocation Programs Don't Work

For a parish youth group to be what it is supposed to be, the first priority of the group must be to make disciples of young people who do not know Jesus, and to make stronger disciples of the ones who already know him. Such a suggestion seems quite basic and even simplistic at first glance, but this is precisely the point. Far too often we as a Church have failed with the most basic principle of discipleship while loading up on service projects and social activities, and the parish youth group becomes just one more line on a young person’s college résumé, without ever calling that young person to real conversion.
Over and over again we as a Church have fallen into the subtle trap of settling for results that can be easily calculated, photographed, and documented in a parish bulletin or website, rather than getting down to the basics of discipleship.

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