CULTURAL DIVERSITY

 

CULTURAL DIVERSITY


Growing the Order in Saskatchewan


Greeting Bro. Knights,
Primarily the mission of local councils in the Knights of Columbus in every jurisdiction is to reach new people and bring them to Christ’s love which, naturally, implies growth. But almost every council or even the church faces a season in which growth stops. Some haven’t seen growth in years.


In my observations and upon talking to some Grand Knights, we have only one problem, the “Growth” stops. Chances are the leaders rely on what was effective before and didn’t adapt to the changes in society.


Here Are 5 Questions Every Leader Can Ask Their Councils.

  1. IS OUR SENSE OF MISSION STILL IN OUR HEART?
    Effective councils have a hot sense of enthusiasm which lives daily in the souls to motivate all members in all actions in the organization. It consumes us. If a council stops growing, maybe the urgency is lost behind its mission. This is bad because our mission is actually Christ’s mission to spread the gospel and evangelize people. Leaders that are effective in accomplishing their task are consumed by their mission in loving their neighbors.
  2. ARE WE FOCUSED TO THE OUTSIDERS OR IN OURSELVES?
    There is a tendency, because we are only human beings, to focus on ourselves and not really on others.
    Here are two primary ways to address this drift:
    1. In every decision, focus on who you want to reach, not on who you want to keep.
    2. Commit to losing yourself for the sake of finding others.
      Let us understand that people usually respond to “how we respond to their needs”.
  3. IS OUR STRATEGY OR APPROACH UPDATED?
    Our mission with Christ is eternal and our approach needs to shift from generation to generation. Today we need to change even faster and identify dated strategies. In today’s generation, it’s harder to lead in a context for more than 5 years, so the challenge is for long term leader-ship.
    How do you know if your approach is dated?
    1. When it stops being effective.
    2. When there are decreasing numbers in the new generation adopting the strategy in question.
  4. ARE WE ON TOP OF THE CONSTANT CHANGES IN OUR CULTURE?
    We now live in a post-Christian, post -modern world. While we are studying our strategy, we also need to study the cultures. And it’s changing radically and quickly. The leaders really need to grasp the enormity of the change going on around us.
  5. WHEN IS THE LAST TIME YOU INVITED SOMEONE TO CHURCH?


The reality is many Catholic don’t actually spend time with non-Catholics or non-Christians. You may say it’s fear based, but Jesus is not like that. Jesus liked outsiders even better than insiders. He had no problem hanging with people who didn’t want to go to church and he had no problem loving people who didn’t love him. We need to continue building relationship outside of the church and the council. Let’s build community friendship to the unchurched people no matter what their ages are.


Let’s go out and build real friendship in our church, our council and our community.


SK Marte Clemente Nogot
State Cultural Diversity Chairman
Email: mclem_nogot@yahoo.com
Cell # 1.306.880.1397

 
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