Often there’s a great divide between Protestants and Roman Catholics.
But what if there’s more that unites us than we think?
Father James Mallon leads a global movement that is revitalizing local parishes using many of the same methods that revitalize Protestant and evangelical churches.
His findings have attracted the attention of Rick Warren, Nicky Gumbel and many others. Today, he shares his learnings.
Welcome to Episode 118 of the podcast.
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3 Insights from This Episode
1. Church leaders are tasked with more than preaching the Gospel…they’re tasked with changing culture. Culture can be defined as what people consider ‘the norm.’ This means that if you’re too afraid to rock the boat with a sermon, too exhausted to roll out a church-wide initiative, or even just too busy to pray for guidance through the process: You’re not living out the full potential of your gift and your calling.
2. We’ve built models of pastoral care to feed people who aren’t hungry. Father Mallon sees in the Roman Catholic church—that certainly applies to every other denomination as well—that there’s a mindset of maintenance instead of mission. Retention of current members is important, but our mission is to share God with the world. We can’t lose sight of our mission by allowing ourselves to burnout on the maintenance.
3. We are stronger together. Every denomination does things a bit different, but what unites us is far more important than what divides us: That we are saved by faith through Jesus Christ. As church leaders, we’ve been entrusted by God to carry out the most important mission on earth. The more we talk and learn from each other, the stronger we’ll become at doing just that.
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