Forming Disciples in Mission is a workshop in parish-based evangelization and discipleship. It is designed to provide tools to understand the New Evangelization, live as an intentional disciple, become comfortable sharing personal witness, form disciples, and work in parishes to form disciples. More detailed information on those topics is available below. Click here to see a list of upcoming dates and locations and to register for this workshop.
The New Evangelization: Teaching the Art of Living
This training session lays out the history, definition, structure, method, and content of the New Evangelization based on The New Evangelization: Building the Civilization of Love by Cardinal Ratzinger. It is the foundation on which all other trainings build and establishes a language used in the trainings. It helps one to know where we have been, where we are going, and how to get there.
Disciples: Embracing the Call to Holiness
One cannot give what one does not have. Disciples are living the call to holiness and striving for sainthood. Disciples will make every sacrifice necessary to grow in relationship with God as well as make every sacrifice to help another embrace a or grow further in relationship with God. This presentation focus on intentional discipleship, personal relationship with God lived in the context of the Church, in order to be able to go out and make disciples (Mt 28).
Witness: Sharing Personal Testimony
This hands-on training session is a participant pleaser! It puts the idea of living out one’s discipleship into action. It helps participants look at where they have been in relationship with God and see how God has worked, is working, and will work in their lives. All who form disciples must know and be able to articulate clearly to others something of their own spiritual journey, their own lived experience of their relationship with God.
Forming Disciples: Living the Great Commission
Jesus calls his disciples to make disciples of all nations (Mt 28). This session covers the basics of what one must know to do what Jesus asked, with particular emphasis on the thresholds of conversion and the phases of discipleship. These principles are applicable to every area of life - at work, at home, at church, and out and about in public. What do you do when you meet a stranger in church? What do you do when you meet someone who is looking to grow in faith? How do you address those who drop their children off at faith formation class but do not attend Mass? This session addresses what to do in these situations in order to lead others into discipleship. Intentionally living out discipleship means leading others into discipleship.
Evangelizing Parishes: Becoming Centers for the New Evangelization
Parishes that are centers for the new evangelization are parishes where everyone and everything is directed towards one goal: forming intentional disciples. This training session, which reviews the Seven Traits of an Amazing Parish and the Five Components of an Evangelizing Parish, is meant to provide an understanding of the foundation on which evangelizing parishes are built.
Gateway Moments: Evangelizing through Parish Life
There are moments in people’s lives life when they come to the Church seeking something only the Church can give. We call these Gateway Moments. Baptism, funerals, and weddings are a few examples. These moments are opportunities for inviting others into a life of evangelization and discipleship. This training session works to provide practical tools for particular gateway moments.