The Follow-Up Phase

'Do you love me?'  John 21:15-19

"When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?'  He said to him, 'Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.'  He said to him, 'Feed my lambs..."

  The KEY to the Follow-Up Phase is Christian Hospitality

Christian hospitality is more than 'hello' and donuts.  'Biblical hospitality is one of the richest biblical terms that can deepen and broaden our insights in our relationships to our fellow human beings.'  Henri Nouwen, Reaching Out.  It is patterned on the life of Jesus who welcomed everyone:  the sinner, the healthy and unhealthy, the repentant and unrepentant, children.

'Ultimately, hospitality is part of our universal call to evangelize; that is to share the Good News of salvation.  Evangelization happens most powerfully within the context of relationships and those relationships are built and nurtured foremost in the parish.'  Robert S. Rivers, CSP,
From Maintenance to Mission:  Evangelization and the Revitalization of the Parish 2005

How can we best welcome, invite, accompany and love each parishioner? 
Here are some ideas:

  • Say THANK YOU!  'For what makes something a gift is precisely that it is given... Gift giving is a celebration of the bond that unites giver and receiver'  Brother David Steindl-Rast, Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer
    • Gratefully recognize and receive the gifts of parishioners that signed up for ministry; thank Ministry Leaders and others
  • The Follow-Up Phase also provides us an opportunity to reach out to parishioners that may not be currently engaged in parish life.

Key functions:

  • Opening and organizing renewal forms
  • Thank you/acknowledgements
    • Personalized thank you notes/postcards, bulletin messages, emails etc.
  • Tabulating the number of forms returned
  • Enter commitments into the data base (ongoing)
  • Ministry Leader gathering and/or retreat
  • Commissioning Service for Ministry/Council leadership

 V  PRAY:  Pray that we follow the example of Jesus' servant leadership, serving others and sharing the Good News of Jesus in every situation.

For additional details, please see pages:  14-15 in the Annual Parish Stewardship Planning Guide