I wonder if these new churches are growing because people are attracted to courage, vision and passion. In every case these new parishes are talking about the future with hope and expectation. This energy is producing new ideas for ministry and renewing existing ministries.
As we look ahead to Lent we will probably be hearing this sentence quite often, "Let your Church be the wheat which bears its fruit in dying." This has become the lived reality for many of us who have gone through this process of disestablishment and amalgamation. There is no parish in the diocese that doesn't face challenges in our current ministry context. Many face significant difficulties, perhaps one lesson we can take away from these new ministries is that vision, hope and sacrifice for the future can be transformative.
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