From growth to mission
But it hasn't been. We will focus on growth. Good. However the conversation must be effective. It shouldn't be just how each of us thinks growth might come about, in our opinions, that won't get us anywhere. Nor should it all be about PR. A national advertising campaign would be a huge waste of money right now. And it's starting in the wrong place.
Conversations about growth need to draw on the best hard research and theological reflection in religious communities that are growing. Although the explicit concentration on numerical growth in the 06 resolution was necessary, the only way we can achieve growth is if we have a sense of MISSION and even EVANGELISM. We can't do this without reference to what evangelism is taking place in the churches. We can't do this without understanding the big changes in culture that have taken place, especially for my generation. I need to spend the next year reading up on all of this (and practicing it) to do my bit to contribute to a useful conversation next March.