"The parish must recover its 'missionary character,' as Fr. Alexander Schmemann writes. “And by this I mean primarily a shift from the selfish self-centeredness of the modern parish to the concept of the parish as servant.” The parish must learn once again to serve God, and both the clergy and the faithful must kill the prevalent attitude that 'each parish must first take care of itself.'”
This quote is from Fr. Theophan Whitfield in the recently released The Servant Parish Project: Strengthening Ministry to the Poor and Suffering research study. Fr. Theophan spoke with Timm on The Second Liturgy podcast about the study and how to begin moving from selfishness to servanthood. Listen to the podcast episode here. Learn more about The Servant Parish here.
With the fear of God and with faith and love, let us draw near.