We host events and launch new programs, and scratch our heads over why more people do not engage. We watch as people we thought were connected and involved drift away or disappear. Building upon the U.S. Gallup study of churches, we examine the different ways of engaging people in community and mission. Four key questions people ask of any community are: What do I get? What can I give? Do I belong? How
do we grow? In this session we explore current parish approaches with youth, with sacramental preparation and with ministry groups and examine how they address (or fail to address) these questions. Participants will then be able to apply this learning to their own approaches to welcoming newcomers and involving people in community life, growing faith and living out our baptismal mission.
Richard McMahon is married with four children, involved in parish youth ministry, and is Director of Pastoral Planning & Implementation in the Diocese of Parramatta. He was previously Director Parish Services for eleven years with Wollongong Diocese. He has over twenty-five years’ experience working in and with a variety of parish pastoral settings. He is on the Australian Bishops’ Lay Pastoral Ministry Council and on the executive of the NSW Association of Pastors and Pastoral Associates. He is passionate about developing meaningful and practical ways for people to engage more fully in their life with God and each other.