Trends and buzzwords on social media seem to attract a lot of attention. The business arena currently seems to be flooded with words or phrases such as:
#The Great Resignation
#The Great Reshuffle
Since the Spring of 2020, we have certainly been exposed to enough factors that could easily cause fatigue, burnout, and even desperation. This isn’t just a workplace issue. The ripple effect impacts every area of our lives. Exhaustion, burnout, and financial struggles due to inflationary pressures set the stage for some dramatic situations.
How have familial relationships suffered because of layoffs or upheavals at work? What adjustments had to be made to accommodate working remotely? How did hybrid work environments impact relationships at home and at work? How was everyone impacted if a company returned to in-person work with no flexibility for remote work? There is a reason those hashtags listed above keep showing up.
Now, let’s put it into the context of faith. How many people “quietly quit” attending church and any related activities? It isn’t labeled “employee disengagement”. It is parishioner disengagement.
After being told the sacraments were nonessential for a lengthy period of time during societal shutdown, how many members of the congregation quietly dismissed themselves altogether and never came back? For those that returned, is attending church services more hit and miss now than it was prior to 2020?
(From an employer/employee standpoint, what has been the turnover rate among church employees? Retention of good employees seemed to be enough of a struggle for churches prior to 2020, I can only imagine the numbers in the last couple of years.)
Quite frankly, I simply ask this question: How is Church leadership evaluating and responding to “Quiet Quitting” among the flock?
This is a time when many people need to find strength just to cope with life. The Church should be one of the first places people look for that beacon of hope. The Church has a tremendous opportunity to share profoundly in the preaching, teaching, and healing ministry of Jesus to bring our world peace and consolation. Will we let the Light of Christ shine brightly through us?
If we, as Church leadership, simply sit on the sidelines and wait for people to come to us, we will not be fulfilling our responsibilities well. How do we most effectively go out to those who are hurting? Are we content knowing that people are "quietly quitting," or will we evangelize in unprecedented ways?
Let us go out to all the world and tell the Good News!