Success in the Mountains: Moving Forward
Fr. Chris Saliga, O.P.
We recently finished our very successful first annual St. Dominic mountain leadership course through COR Expeditions. What you may not realize is that our course was designed to help folks more fully discover their God-given potential to step up as leaders right here at St. Dominic Parish.
It was amazing to hear some of the vision of folks on the course. One participant shared his desire to redouble his efforts in reaching out to folks with checkered pasts in order to bring them into the fullness of their faith right here at St Dominic’s. How awesome is that?! Another shared a real desire to get some things going in building fellowship. One other shared forward-thinking ideas of how our religious education program can continue to flourish well into the future, even in the face of shifting demographics. Suffice it to say that it was truly inspiring to see the ideas, desires, leadership talents, and potential for further growth of our folks start unfolding on mountain trails, cliff sides, and within the thumping class-four rapids of the Arkansas River!
For those who were not on course with us, you are not off my radar screen. We have so many amazing folks in our parish! Leadership is one very potent way in which the gift of stewardship manifests itself and transforms us. Stewardship is that gift by which you and I share our TIME, TALENT, & TREASURE in life-giving fashion.
That gift of stewardship that you and I possess is raised to a real gift of leadership when we step up and serve in ways that help our pastor lead our parish in connected fashion with the giftedness of our parishioners. This happens through working on committees, serving as ushers, leading us in prayer by singing with music ministry, proclaiming the readings at Mass, serving as Eucharistic ministers and altar assistants, getting together with friends to visit our shut ins, etc. We have so many needs!
Cohesion is that great gift of many folks pulling in the same basic direction toward the same goal. Regardless of whether you participated in this year’s leadership course, please take some time to more fully discover your own talents. Leadership is all about positively influencing the direction of our parish. Our parish will thrive well into the future insofar as folks generously and lovingly step up because YOU are the PARISH. Many blessings as you do precisely that!
Fr. Chris Saliga, O.P.