A Church on the Move: 52 Ways to Get Mission and Mercy in Motion

A Church on the Move: 52 Ways to Get Mission and Mercy in Motion

by Joe Paprocki

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780829444056
Publisher: Loyola Press
Publication date: 01/28/2016
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 493,747
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author


Joe Paprocki, DMin, is national consultant for faith formation at Loyola Press. He has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented in over 100 dioceses in North America. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist's Toolbox. Joe is a catechist and blogs about his experience at www.catechistsjourney.com.

Table of Contents

I Believe This Is Going to be Our Finest Hour xi

A Note about St. Ignatius xv

Part 1 How a Church on the Move Thinks 1

1 From Self-Sufficiency to Amazing Grace 2

2 From Complacency to Urgency 7

3 From Cynicism to Hope 12

4 From Fog to Vision 17

5 From Superficial Happiness to Authentic Joy 22

6 From Calendar, Fiscal, or Academic Year to Liturgical Year 27

7 From a Learned Faith to a Lived Faith 32

8 From Religion to Spirituality 37

9 From Aiming to Please to Remaining True to Our Identity 42

Part 2 How a Church on the Move Functions 47

10 From (We Hope!) Benevolent Dictatorship and Fiat to Collaboration and Consensus 48

11 From Intolerance to Common Ground 53

12 From Business Meetings to Worshipful Work Sessions 58

13 From Paternalism to Empowerment 63

14 From Parishioners to Partners in Mission 68

15 From Presumptuous to Unassuming 73

16 From "Turning the Page" to Meaningful Healing 78

17 Front the Stone Age to the Digital Age 83

18 From "Please Help Us" to "Let's Build Something Together" 88

19 From Clinging to the Past to Making Way for the Future 93

20 From Slow-Moving and Rigid to Spontaneous and Flexible 98

Part 3 How a Church on the Move Worships 103

21 From Perfunctory to Robust 104

22 From Starting Up Cold to Warming Up 109

23 From a Wall of Sound to the Sounds of Silence 114

24 From Lullabies to Hymns of Triumph 119

25 From Passivity to Processions 124

26 From Pulpit Ramblings to Good-News Homilies 129

27 From a Collection to an Offering 134

28 From Prohibition to Drinking from the Cup 139

29 From Announcements to Altar Calls 144

30 From Perfunctory Prayer to Worship Experiences 148

Part 4 How a Church on the Move Forms Disciples in Faith 153

31 From Indoctrinating to Instigating 154

32 From Child-Focused to Adult-Focused 159

33 From Complex to Simple 164

34 From Parents as Chauffeurs to Parents as Catechists 168

35 From One-Size-Fits-All to Variety 173

36 From Passive Pupils to Empowered Faith Sharers 177

37 From Creating Quasi Clerics to Training Leaders and Facilitators 182

38 From Hoping the "Nones" Come Back to Strategizing Their Retention 187

39 From Impersonal Parish to Small Faith-Sharing Communities 192

40 From Saying Prayers to Praying Always 197

41 From Hearing with Our Ears to Listening with Our Hearts 202

42 From Strangely Schizophrenic to Well-Balanced 207

Part 5 How a Church on the Move Engages the World 213

43 From Country Club to Advocate for the Poor 214

44 From Single-Issue to Consistent Ethic 216

45 From Going My Way to Going Green 221

46 From Fulfilling Obligations to Living Heroically 226

47 From Talking at the World to Interacting with the World 231

48 From Debating to Storytelling 236

49 From Waiting for the Doorbell to Ring, to Ringing Doorbells 241

50 From Maintenance to Mission and Mercy 246

51 From Regal to Humble 250

52 From Stationary Fortresses of Guarded Grace to Mobile Units of Graced Encounters 255

A New Kind of Army and a Different Kind of War 259

52 Ways to Get Mission and Mercy in Motion-At a Glance 261

Bibliography 263

Acknowledgments 269

About the Author 270

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