Friday, February 1, 2013

Nevada Episcopal Church Bishop Has Helpful Practical Points For The Catholic Parish & the Lapsed Catholic

I have been thinking about this article from the Episcopal Church Bishop of Nevada and how it applies to ways we Catholics are doing various programs and invitations to get Catholics to come back to the Church.

See The Real Reason People Who Have Left A Church "Can't Go Home Again"

One thing off the bat he says that strikes me as true perhaps is when he says "When I consult with churches whose membership has declined, they often express little desire to attract new members. Instead they say they want to win back the “lapsed.” I generally warn them that the so-called “lapsed” are the least likely demographic group to resume regular attendance at the church they left. "

Now I am not sure the "lapsed" are the least likely group to resume attendance , but I do see his point that

that we might think this is easier than going after new folks. Both are needed.

What really struck me was sort of the little things that I might even say and not mean offense. See his thoughts on NOT saying "we have missed you " and saying " glad you are here".

Anyway some food for thought here.


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