Engagement - Doing Church and Being Church

What's the difference between doing church and being church?

According to Gallup, the problem with failing churches is that churches insist on doing church - adding activities and going through the usual motions – rather than being church: that is, building a congregation of dedicated and energized members who are growing spiritually, and, at the same time, are reaching out in concern and service to the community and the world.  People don’t come to church to learn about God, they come to church to experience God.  Member engagement is the difference between “doing” church and “being” church.

 

At St. Francis of Assisi Parish we are focused on building disciples, followers of Jesus Christ.  Our pastor, Fr. Dick Hayatsu, along with the parish leadership, is adopting a plan to nurture engagement in our membership.  Gallup research, upon which this plan is based, shows that engaged churches are better at building discipleship. Engagement will increase members’ participation, service to the community, giving, and even life satisfaction.  Ministry is about releasing the talent in each person – helping them to do what they do best.

 

What is Engagement?

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Doing church and being church

What is the difference Read more

Living your strengths

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How do I begin?

Taking the Clifton Strengths Finder Assessment Read more

Clues to Your Talents

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34 Signature Themes of Talent

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Volunteering & Strengths

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12 behaviors and attitudes

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History

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Our Engaged Church Prayer

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