This chapter introduces the section “What is the real issue?”. In the next few chapters, Tim will look at the cultural roots of inertia in our parishes and give us a run-down on the basic requirements that will make it possible for renewal to take place.
Tim notes that the real crisis lies in nothing more than a lack of discipleship. Everything flows from that point. However, fixing that issue is easier said than done because the roots run deep. Cultural Catholicism is dying, and that poses challenges.
Tim makes a stark point: If we are going to talk about discipleship in our parishes and with our parishioners, the language must be crystal clear. This chapter discusses how you and your parish can better understand and communicate what discipleship truly is.