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A Theological Reflection on Pastoral Practice in this Time


Theological Reflection on Pastoral Practice in this Time– From Maintenance to MissionEamonn FitzgibbonI have been very struck in these times by the phrase that we often use in Pastoral Renewal – ‘from maintenance to mission’. Donal Harrington says that “this implies a shift on focusing effort on maintaining what is there already to focusing effort on striking out in order to put something different in place”; essentially it recognises that maintaining the status quo is no longer sufficient to meet the needs of a rapidly changing cultural context. A strategy primarily built on maintenance was perhaps appropriate fifty years ago when church practice, vocations etc were all in such high numbers.

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