Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
In the words of the Apostle Paul “I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed throughout the world.” (Romans 1:8)
In the June 25th edition of the Prairie Post there was a very interesting article about how small farms need to incorporate creativity in order to compete with the big corporate farms. As the article says, “small scale growers throughout the U.S. are looking for creative ways to set themselves apart as they find that survival requires more than just selling crops.” This is a model of farming that the article refers to as “value-added agriculture,” a model that appears to be rather prosperous. “According to the most recent data available,” the article continues, “farm operators generated $10 billion in 2007 from farm-related activities other than crop or livestock wholesale, and increase of nearly 80 percent from 2002.” In short these farmers are turning to nontraditional methods in order to survive; they are not just doing what has always been done and hope for the best.
In this article I see similarities with the life of the church as well. We live in a time in which it is becoming harder and harder to reach people as the church the way in which it had been done in the past. With that said it only makes sense that we adapt our methods like these farmers in the article have had to do. Maybe it is time to re-evaluate how it is we as the church go about reaching people and see if there is a more creative way in which to supplement what we are already doing.
This is not going to be an easy task but I think that it is a task we must undertake in order to continue to reach people for the sake of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As a parish maybe it is time for us to turn to some non-traditional methods in order to reach people where they are. Maybe a new fellowship group could be formed that interests a different demographic or maybe social media could be used in order to reach a wider group of people in a different kind of way? What are some non-traditional ways you can think of to reach people where they are? If you have an idea of how we as a parish can go about this please e-mail me. Together we can proclaim our faith throughout the world in new and exciting ways.