On 13 Jul 2022 Dr Jordan B. Petersen issued a challenge to churches to invite young men back to church. Released on YouTube it has already had more than 1 million views as at 31 Jul 2022.
Therefore there’s a good chance you have already watched that 11 minute video clip.
If you haven’t, the link is below:
Dear young man who is considering walking back into a Catholic Church after an absence, or perhaps for the very first time, there is absolutely no doubt that we need you; and there is absolutely no doubt that God has plenty that He wants to do in and through you, but it won’t be easy at all.
There’s a lot of stuff you need to know...
The short version is
Be prepared: do as much research as you can before you show up.
Be patient: this is for the long haul, and it will be many months before mutual trust begins.
Be neat and tidy: as you would for an official family photograph, or a visit to a grandparent.
Be sober: you want all your senses functioning properly.
Be early: aim for a minimum of 15 minutes before start time.
Be open: there is so much that you don’t yet know, and things God may gently ask you to give up.
Be willing: to be gracious if someone asks for help; and to grow in the awareness of the needs of others.
Don’t be afraid.
The long version has 7 x A4 pages long. Download it below: