First of all, pastors, thank you. We know that your vocation calls you to give your life to Christ and the Church, and we are grateful that you have answered this call. We know that parish life is complex and demanding, and parish leadership can be at once joy-filled, sorrowful, and challenging. Meeting the spiritual needs of parishioners while managing the temporal demands of the parish can seem daunting at times. Still, there is nothing like a parish community that is living the call of Christ to discipleship, bearing Christ's light in the world as stewards of God's grace, mercy, justice and compassion!
A bridge leads people out, and in!
In the past, we have often said that people will come when they are ready, neglecting to realize that people need to feel welcome, see the impact of faith in the lives of believers, and know that the community will be with them throughout their lives, to support, form, challenge, and console them.
With Bridges, we propose a dynamic way to shape parish life, and to form parishioners as bridge builders -- people who, through the way they live their lives, naturally and intentionally draw others toward the community of faith and to the heart of discipleship as followers of Jesus Christ.
Download a one-page overview of the Bridges Series here, comprised of five roadmaps for effective parish practice. Discern which roadmap will take you where you most need to go; find deeper parish community life as a result.