Tuesday 23 September 2014

New mission strategy?

Chavez, in his Report to GC27, speaks of the growing disproportion, in the Western parts of the salesian congregation, between numbers and works. (p. 346)

I am thinking of the other parts of the congregation where the numbers are growing, and also the works. Is it time to learn lessons from the experience of the West? Despite growing numbers, is it time to take a wise look at our seemingly frenetic desire to expand, to open new works, build new buildings? (There are so many instances where buildings have been built and institutions set up, and now we have to run high and low to pay even the electricity bills, given that the institutions in question are far from self-financing or self-supporting. There is, of course, a simple solution: make them self-sufficient by taking in young people "who can pay." I do not need to say much about this. There are wiser solutions, of course: a middle of the road strategy, 60-40%, for example, or something of the sort.)

Is a new mission strategy called for? A strategy that involves building persons and human communities, rather than structures and institutions?

True, Don Bosco put up huge physical structures and institutions, but, as someone pointed out recently, that was fruit of long evolution. First the young people, and then what they need.

Building people and communities: the point is, how to go about that kind of thing. Empowerment. 

1 comment:

  1. The sooner we start this, the better! People, not structures and buildings.

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