Leadership challenges in Formation, Community building, and Mission
AN INTERNATIONAL FORUM BY FONDACIO ASIA
5 & 6 MAY 2018, TAGAYTAY
What new and creative paths is the Spirit leading us on to be a Spark of Change in the World? Fondacio wishes to exchange with its delegates, partners and beneficiaries on the challenge of Christian leadership in the face of the new evangelization and development – as seen in the light of Evangelii Gaudium and Laudato Si. In conjunction with the International Congress of Fondacio held every five years, the Forum intends to deepen the reflection of relevant themes and prepare delegates for decision making during the Congress; and later for implementation back in their local communities.
Together with various stakeholders, the Forum will look at contemporary contexts such as ecological threats, exclusion, inter-faith, etc. that has a very real impact on the peoples and the earth in the spirit of “our common home” and destiny. These challenges affect all peoples everywhere. They call forth from the Church and lay movements new responses in Christian leadership and pastoral care. They invite us to re-look at our manner of doing formation, the challenge of community building and mission, amidst a culture of individualism, consumerism and neo-nationalism among others.
Pope Francis writes, “Pastoral ministry in a missionary key seeks to abandon the complacent attitude that says: “We have always done it this way.” We are all invited “to be bold and creative in this task of rethinking the goals, structures, styles and methods of evangelization in their respective communities” (EG, 33).
At the heart of Fondacio spirituality is the living friendship with Christ who sends us as His friends into the world. When we focus on Christ and His people, “new avenues arise, new paths of creativity open up, with different forms of expression, more eloquent signs and words with new meaning for today’s world” (EG, 11).
How can movements like Fondacio form a new generation of leaders who are rooted in this friendship with Christ, missionary in spirit, capable of working with persons of other faiths, and what forms of mission does it invite us to? This is significant as every believer is called to be a “Spark of Change in the World”, and it contains the seed for new ways of being Church and a new humanity that is being raised-up.