We cannot begin to find solutions unless we realize there is a problem. Once that happens, we need to name the problem. It is important that we face our current realities. It has been estimated that only 5 percent of parishioners at any given time are international disciples. Prayerfully, we can set goals and a plan of action to help form intentional disciples.
Sherry offers us much encouragement:
While we cannot make anyone “drop their nets” any more that a gardener can make seed germinate, we can intentionally work to create an environment that is conducive to the growth of personal faith and discipleship.” (page 185)
What percentage of SJB parishioners do you think are “intentional disciples” as Sherry defines them in her book? Do you think that doubling that number in five years is a realistic undertaking? What specific steps would you suggest to make the attainment of such growth possible? Would that growth be from people “already with us” or from “new” members of the community? What are your thoughts about how to “break the silence” that Sherry describes? What opportunities do you think that SJB should be offering for both baptized and non-baptized in order to encounter Jesus?