Tuesday, May 2, 2017
A Bishop, the hierarchy, in my church, have a primary responsibility to maintain, keep things in order, pass on the tradition and teachings. This is good for maintaining something that is working well. But my church is shrinking in attendance and influence in this country. It is losing its connection to the market it is trying to influence. Think of a CEO of a corporation. If a CEO thought his/her main job was to maintain, the company would be out of business. A company has to be willing to risk, and innovate to stay in touch with the changing world. Change is inevitable. Even my church has changed over time. Only crisis seems to change religious institutions that can stay relevant. See The Reformation. An all male, celebrate church hierarchy wants to stay just that. We keep baptizing babies and think they will grow up to be church going Catholics. Statistics seems to point toward a lot of fallen away and drop out Catholics. it is one thing to maintain truth. We are good at that, a key concept. It is another to be able to pass it on to a listening and spiritually hungry people. Sometimes the Medium is the Message.