Our Philosophy of Ministry
Because God has made a covenant with us to be a pilgrim people in this community, and so that our living of the Gospel may be continually renewed and deepened, we come together in our worship and community gatherings to celebrate.
We recognize every person in the community, each with specific needs and unique gifts, and we enable one another to answer God’s call. We also recognize that in so doing we are stewards of God’s creation and are called to share our time, talents and treasures.
It is through creating a prayerful, healing, reconciling atmosphere and the sharing of ourselves in love, that we experience God’s creative Spirit among us. It binds us into God’s family, encourages each of us to become Church, and impels us to proclaim the Gospel to the entire world!
The local Church: A community in Jesus, continuing His saving presence throughout time.
Our philosophy and practice is one of collaboration. We believe that we are all called to share in the building up of the Kingdom of God. We build up God’s kingdom by offering our uniqueness and giftedness and working in unison. St. Brigid Parish pastoral leadership is based on the approach called Collaborative Ministries, or Team Ministry. The Pastoral Team shares in the responsibility and accountability of the life of the parish. They, in their Christian vocation, are called to serve, to enable, and to empower the parishioners. The expression of the Pastoral Team and the entire Parish Community is one of worship and ministry. This expression is rooted in Jesus’ commandments to us all: to love God, love our neighbors and to love ourselves.
We are a community that believes we are in co-union with God and each other. We are all “stewards” of the affairs of God on this earth, gifted with the resources necessary to draw ourselves and others closer to Him. Stewardship is a basic and consistent life-style that we as Christians are called to. It is a life-style of caring and sharing. Our Parish Community is composed of people with varied gifts and resources. Each individual affects the growth and life of the community in direct proportion to the manner that he/she responds to this responsibility and privilege.
Our community does not happen automatically. It must be created by people actively participating in it. Our goal is to be of service to all within our parish family. Everyone is a vital part of the Body!
To make sure we practice what we preach, the parish gives ten percent of every collection to our OUTREACH PROGRAM.
The Outreach Program assists those in need both within our parish family and the larger community. It is also worth considering that the parish that does not cost you anything is not worth attending. A distinction must be made here. We do not give to the church to pay off a debt or a building fund, but to God, to help further His Mission on Earth. The tithe can seem an impossible goal to new or maturing Christians. In that case, we are asked to become percentage givers. We are to commit to God a set percentage of our income, making that commitment a top priority in our spending.
Jesus talked five times as much about money as He did about prayer. Until we have given God control of our finances and our time, we have not really surrendered to Him control of our lives. Our attitude toward money will either be a major barrier between us and God, or a means of growing in grace.