Just a quick thought on how rising energy prices are going to change the way we “do” parish life…
I saw an item in the news about how congregations which have been following the ministry model of being the full-service lifestyle center are finding new challenges now that their parishioners can’t just pop by the church campus for a latte.
We’re expecting things to change this fall at the Cathedral with the expectation that folks from around the Phoenix metro area are going to be financially challenged to just pop downtown to go to a mid-week meeting or lecture or concert… (Worship services continue as long as anyone is showing up.)
Our response is to start focusing all activities on Sunday. We’ll use the model of doing whatever we can on Sunday so that the largest number of people will be able to participate directly.
It strikes me that one aspect of this new strategy is that we’re becoming sabbatarians again. “Spend the Lord’s Day in the Lord’s House.”
Which makes me think that we as a denomination know what to do in response to rising energy prices – it’s to remember what we once did. We can find models for ministry in hard times by looking back to when we did ministry in hard times.
And we did pretty good ministry back then.
Maybe there’s hope for us.