Thursday, October 19, 2006

Stephen Covey is the Antichrist's Punk Little Brother

I realize that this is a strong statement, but I think it is close to being true. Ask anyone who has had to endure the formulation of Mission Statements and Vision Statements. They may be useful for business (though I suspect they are just excuses for pointy haired bosses to justify their existence), but certainly not for churches. I have noticed a disturbing number of parish that have mission statements on their web sites and bulletins. This is the mission statement of the infamous St. Joan of Arc Parish (Heretical Faith Community) in Minneapolis.

St. Joan of Arc is a joyful Christian community which celebrates the loving Word of God in worship and in action. We transcend traditional boundaries and draw those who seek spiritual growth and social justice.
We welcome diverse ideas and encourage reflection on the message of the Gospel. We are committed to the equality of all our members and strive to ensure their full participation through liturgy, education, and service. By these means we seek to empower all who come to grow in wisdom and bring to reality the promise of Christ.

(Just imagine how many man, oops I mean person, hours were wasted coming up with this. As Christians we have marching order given to us by the Lord Himself.

Then Jesus approached and said to them, "All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age." Mt. 28: 11-13
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