Evangelization with Chris Stefanick

Evangelization with Chris Stefanick

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.

Check out the other Revive course on FORMED:
Loving and Serving The Poor with Fr. Mark Mary Ames, CFR
Missionary Discipleship with Julianne Stanz

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Evangelization with Chris Stefanick
  • Chapter 1: The Main Thing

    In the opening chapter of Chris’ course on Evangelization, we’ll cover the importance of keeping focused on the main thing: Jesus Christ.

  • Chapter 2: The Problem and the Solution

    In the second chapter of the course, Chris discusses that the problems we face as a Church are unlike any in history… and the solution the Church offers is needed now more than ever.

  • Chapter 3: Kerygma: The Message that Changes the World

    The third chapter sets the scene for the next few chapters, all of which focus on the kerygma.

  • 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...

  • Chapter 5: Sticking to the Message

    In everything that we do as a parish, we must keep the kerygma at the core. Why? Chris provides that answer in this chapter.

  • Chapter 6: The Kerygma in the New Testament

    Is the kerygma even biblical? Where does it come from, and how was it used in the early church? Chris Stefanick walks us through the early days of the Gospel proclamation.

  • Chapter 7: Nones

    In this chapter, we will dive into the “nones” - who they are, why they believe there is no God, and how we can effectively reach them.

  • Chapter 8: Answering a Few Key Obstacles

    There will be obstacles to sharing the Good News in today’s society. But there is no need to be afraid. In this chapter, we’ll explore these key obstacles and look at a solution forward.

  • Chapter 9: How to Frame the Message Today

    How can you frame the message of the kerygma so that it doesn’t come across as cheesy or outdated? Chris provides examples and support to help you proclaim the Good News in a way that hits home.

  • Chapter 10: Section Introduction

    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.

  • Chapter 11: #1: Keep First Things First

    Do you, as a parish staff, keep Jesus at the center? Are you praying regularly and praying together? Chris discusses why this is the first and most vital tip.

  • Chapter 12: #2: Make Time

    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.

  • Chapter 14: #4: Give

    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.

  • Chapter 15: #5: Don’t Let Fear Get in the Way

    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...

  • Chapter 16: #6: Witness with Your Life

    You must be a witness of the Good News in the way you live, interact, and serve those in your parish. As hard as it is, it is the easiest way to draw people into the love of God.

  • Chapter 17: #7: Pray as You Go

    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?

  • Chapter 18: Section Introduction

    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!

  • Chapter 19: Large Events CAN Work!

    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.

  • Chapter 20: Small Groups: Life on Life Ministry

    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.

  • Chapter 21: Social Justice as Evangelization

    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?

  • Chapter 22: Conclusion

    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 ...

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