We are all on a mission. Do you know what it is? Have you planned the goals and oriented your life to achieve it? Pope Paul VI famously said, "the Church exists to evangelize" - that is, to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ and make disciples.
Spreading the Gospel and inviting others into a relationship with Christ is not just the priest's job; it is the responsibility of all baptized Catholics. What does that look like in our modern world? How do we do it effectively? Let renowned speaker, writer, and expert Chris Stefanick teach you his tried and true methods of spreading the Gospel, that is, evangelization. In his three hour course, Chris breaks down the why, the how, and the what of effective ministry to help Catholics of all backgrounds fulfill the Church's mission.
Chapter 4: Where does this fit in the Church’s teaching and ministry?
Jesus Christ was sent by the Father to bring all of humanity back into a relationship with Him. In order to accomplish this mission in every place and in every era, Jesus established a Church, gathered around this mission. If the Church has been sent in this way, as the Bride of Christ, then so h...
This chapter serves to introduce the next section. In this chapter, Chris lays out a foundation of seven highly effective evangelists’ habits, and each chapter unpacks one of these important principles.
As a parish staff member or volunteer, do you find that evangelization is becoming something that you do “for your job” or in your ministry but not in your daily life? Chris challenges us to become living breathing evangelists with ease in our everyday lives.
Chapter 13: #3: Present the Gospel as a Celebration of Life
Do you find joy in the Gospel? If we really believed what we preach, Chris argues that we would be overwhelmed with joy, and that alone would draw others in. Chris challenges us to celebrate life, and gives some simple practical examples of how this could look.
As a parish staff, are we giving back to the Church? Are we offering our time, talent, and treasure as we hope others will do? Chris discusses why this is a crucial piece in becoming a parish of evangelization.
What conversations are you not having because of fear? How does it impact your programs, preaching, ministries, and personal life? Are you developing real friendships, willing to “go there”, and have honest conversations about faith and challenges? If you struggle with this, as most people do, Ch...
Are you sitting in silence with the Lord in adoration and prayer to receive what you need to do your job in the way Jesus is calling you? Can you perceive the needs in your parishioners’ lives that Jesus sees them?
Let’s get practical. What are some things your parish can start focusing on to do the work of evangelization? Chris’s point is pretty simple; what works has not changed from the time of Christ, it’s just about actually doing it well!
Do large Evangelistic events work? Yes! Jesus held larger events geared towards evangelization in His time. There are a few key elements to make sure that the event is successful. Chris does a deep dive into the practicals.
Small groups are vital for a parish’s growth -- both in size and in faith. Chris gives practical tips on improving or creating small groups and clarifying what sort of an impact that can have on your parish.
Serving the poor makes our witness to Jesus Christ more convincing. How does your parish’s light shine before all in the world and to your parishioners? How can you invite people to come to know Jesus through loving and serving the poor?
Large group evangelization events. Small group discipleship. Empowering parishioners to live the Gospel in your community. That was the method of Jesus, and it still works today . . . if we do it! Simple does not mean it’s easy, but we also do not have to overcomplicate the process to evangelize ...