Tim notes in this chapter that the end goal should be lay people operating creatively on their own. This vision can sometimes be a scary thought to parish leaders, but Tim further discusses why it is vital for your parish to become vibrant.
In this chapter, Tim introduces the section “Align Everything”. If our new vision as a parish is to make disciples, we should re-analyze everything we do as a parish in light of that core mission. We call this mission alignment; drifting away from that mission causes dysfunction.
What is the point of alignment? Tim answers with this statement: “If we are going to prioritize evangelization making disciples, then all things (ministries, communications, hospitality, fundraising) in our parish should prioritize evangelization and making disciples.”
Tim provides 5 key ministry tactics to align everything you have learned practically in your parish. He discusses these tactics in the areas of Religious Education, RCIA, The Sunday Experience, Sacramental Preparation, and Key Holidays/ other “On Ramps”.