It doesn’t work but we keep doing it.
It was fun this summer at the beach to watch my 2-year-old son keep trying to take a bucket of water from the ocean and carry it back to our sand castle. He would spill every drop out accidentally before making it back. He kept trying anyway to no avail. This was cute to watch.
It’s not so cute when we keep metaphorically doing this in our parishes.
We know things aren’t working but we keep on keeping on.
If you ask the majority of pastors, church workers, and people in the pews, “is our current religious education model effective at making disciples and evangelizing?”
I know most would begrudgingly tell you “no.”
Here’s the more intriguing question, why do we keep doing the same thing and expecting a different result?
Today’s video is about pondering that question and looking even deeper at the crisis this has caused in the church. I would love to hear your thoughts. Please join in the conversation below or shoot me a message.
A quick note, I recorded this series before the McCarrick scandal and the PA grand jury report came to light. In the video when I speak of “crisis” I am not directly referring to the sex abuse crisis, but feel these videos are even more important today. The scandal we face is a direct result of sick people doing reprehensible acts. We have to stop pretending everything is okay. We can no longer enable terrible pretenders to be wolves in sheep’s clothing. We need to make disciples and root out evil in our church. Our current scandal needs accountability and justice to happen, but we also need to go back to the gospel. We need to give our lives to ensure that people are being formed in the love of Jesus, encountering Jesus and turning from sin towards holiness. The church needs you. Christ is calling you to be a saint.