by Silas S. Henderson. Aging congregations, clustered or closing parishes, budgetary concerns. “There are many hardships that a faith community may face. And while our church leaders are responsible for the high-level tasks of keeping their congregation together and strong, individual members can and should take ownership of the hard work of enriching their faith communities. Your commitment to your parish is part of how you have answered God’s call to be a disciple of Jesus,” writes author Silas S. Henderson. Although every faith community has challenges, any obstacle can be overcome through intentional presence, prayer, patience, and a spirit of openness and hospitality.