Good Shepherd, Louisville
Pastor: Rev. Charles D. Walker
Location: 3511 Rudd Avenue, Louisville, KY 40212
Create a platform to reach out to former active families and current non-member families who are participating in parish functions by establishing a process for parishioners to make one-on-one contact with former members and non-members to invite them to a family-focused reunion-style event, such as a dance or social.
Reach out to former members and current non-member families by passing out the bulletin at parish events that non-parishioners attend
Expand the invitation circle to already existing family-focused activities, such as the communal “Easter Egg Hunt” or embrace new community events like “Trunk or Treat” during the Halloween season.
Create opportunities for interaction with Community Catholic volunteers, parents, and children by assisting with the Community Catholic kick-off days or last day of school events, or other opportunities that may present themselves to engage the families: special blessings, providing supplies, ice cream socials, meet-and- greets, and so on.
Host a non-money making booth at the Portland Festival to promote the parish, especially the parish’s family-focused activities, by distributing information and “give-away” items with the parish name on them.
Education and Lifelong Formation
Develop an adult formation program, such as a pastoral process to invite adults to a Bible study or some other small group formation experience, especially adults who attend Mass but do not receive the Eucharist.
Develop children’s formation opportunities for parishioners, Community Catholic children, and neighborhood children.
Provide digital learning opportunities to parishioners, including adults and children.
Create a multigenerational, family-focused learning event during Advent and/or Lent that would include opportunities to create something that families could take home.
Service and Outreach
Create a platform to discover the economic, medical, social, and spiritual needs of the greater community/neighborhood by creating an outreach “Information Card” or “Information Form” that would be available in church and at community functions to be filled out to let the parish know about the individual needs of neighborhood folks/non-parishioners and also possibly parishioners. Make an online version of the form available.
Develop relationships with other community organizations, such as Love City, Catholic Charities, and Hand-in-Hand Ministries to expand what the parish is already doing and to interweave the work of the parish with the work of these community organizations.
Invite the community in general to be a part of Good Shepherd’s outreach opportunities by supplying articles to the regional newspaper, The Portland Anchor.
Encourage parishioners not involved with service and outreach to get involved through visual aids, posters, organizational charts, social media, and so on.