Evangelization

 

 

EVANGELIZATION IS SHARING THE GOOD NEWS OF JESUS ONE PERSON AT A TIME.

 

SHARING THE GOOD NEWS OF JESUS

  • ENCOUNTER
  • ACCOMPANY
  • COMMUNITY
  • SEND
  • This is the moment in which disciples, rooted in the community of the Church, are sent to welcome new people into a life of encounter, accompaniment, community, and sending. The ultimate thrust of discipleship is to be sent out in hopes of bringing people far from Jesus into the loving embrace of the Father. As Pope Francis reminds us, God sends us to everyone. The Church, animated by the Holy Spirit, strengthens disciples with relationships, programs, and charity, so that the life of the Church may be constantly renewed one person at a time.

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ONE PERSON AT A TIME

Evangelization needn't be an assault on the masses all at once. Nor should it merely be the running of a program to a room full of people. Rather, evangelization for discipleship must begin by experiencing life in Jesus as "good news" and asking for the grace to share this news with others - one person at a time.

Let's start by talking to one another - getting coffee or eating and drinking together. Extending a hand to our neighbor who has a different story than us is the first and most authentic step to forming a relationship for Jesus. Start a conversation with someone today.

One place to start is to message or call Cheryl Whapham,  Director of Catechetical Services  for the Diocese of Dallas, at  or 214-379-2851.

 

Want more now? Watch this video below.

 

"Evangelization and Discipleship" - Curtis Martin

 

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Best Practices

ALPHA

Alpha is a series of talks aimed at giving an introduction to Christian faith at no cost to parishes. Each talk is accompanied by a meal and time for reflection in small groups. Alpha creates a space for fallen-away Catholics, people of no faith or of a different faith tradition, and all people to come together to ask questions and learn more about Jesus.

ALPHA: ST. ANN ALPHA: ST. JUDE - ALLEN ALPHA: PRINCE OF PEACE

Learn more about Alpha.

Watch Alpha videos.

Interested in running Alpha?

Please contact , Director of Catechetical Services or Kurt Klement, Director of Evangelization for St. Ann Catholic Parish, for more information and training opportunities.

 

CHRISTLIFE

                                   

ChristLife is a national movement that began in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. It is comprised of three parts: Discovering Christ, Following Christ, and Sharing Christ. Each part of the program is divided into multiple weeks of videos, small group sharing, worship, and radical hospitality. ChristLife offers a space to explore the Catholic faith in a low pressure setting, so that all people can encounter Jesus in a life-changing way.

Learn more about ChristLife.

Review Discovering Christ series details. 

Order a free sample Evangelization Kit.

Please contact , Director of Catechetical Services, for more information and training opportunities.

 

AMAZING PARISH

                                        

The Amazing Parish is a national movement that seeks to revitalize the Catholic Church in America by providing pastors and leaders with the training, resources, and support they need to create vibrant and thriving parishes. The movement consists of hundreds of parishes throughout the country. Key speakers from the Amazing Parish include Patrick Lencioni, Rev. James Mallon, Tom Corcoran, and Chris Stefanik.

Learn more about Amazing Parish. 

See the 3 building blocks of Amazing Parish

Access more Amazing Parish resources.

(2013) The Joy of the Gospel (Evangelii Gaudium)

Pope Francis lays out his vision for evangelization and renewal for the entire Church. He reads the signs of the times and offers practical direction for bishops, priests, religious, and the laity to become "missionary disciples" according to their own vocations. 

 

Key Documents

 

(1975) On Evangelization in the Modern World (Evangelii Nuntiandi)

Pope Paul VI delivers a landmark document on evangelization that emphasizes the importance of personal witness, integration of faith and life, and kerygmatic proclamation for a Church who "exists in order to evangelize."

 

 

 

(1979) Catechesi Tradendae

St. Pope John Paul II to the task of catechesis in modern times. He places the art of catechesis within the overall movement of evangelization. At its core, the ministry of the Church is about falling in love with a person: Jesus Christ.

 

 

 

 

(1992) Go and Make Disciples

The U.S. bishops offer a national plan for evangelization in the Catholic Church. The document offers a theological overview of evangelization as well as practical strategies for becoming a more welcoming, hospitable, and evangelizing parish community. 

 

 

 

 

(2012) Disciples Called to Witness

The U.S. bishops share with the faithful a vision for the New Evangelization in the United States. This is a plan of action for each Catholic to be a witness to the risen Christ. 

 

 

 

 

Current Trends

The current trends in evangelization revolve around relationship - showing hospitality, listening to others, and inviting the Holy Spirit to lead disciples and the people they encounter to God.

See below some of the resources and organizations leading this movement of encounter, accompaniment and renewal.

21st Century Catholic Evangelization resources

 

(2015) Divine Renovation

Fr. James Mallon re-presents the missionary vision of Pope Francis and his recent predecessors to outline the movement from becoming a "maintenance" to "mission" parish. Fr. Mallon articulates both the challenges and the opportunities for renewal in the Church today. He emphasizes beginning with evangelization, listening to the stories of others and introducing Jesus anew. 

Also important is the commitment to organizational health and excellence. 

 

 

 

                            

The Amazing Parish is a national movement that seeks to revitalize the Catholic Church in America by providing pastors and leaders with the training, resources, and support they need to create vibrant and thriving parishes. The movement consists of hundreds of parishes throughout the country. Key speakers from the Amazing Parish include Patrick Lencioni, Rev. James Mallon, Tom Corcoran, and Chris Stefanik.

Click on the button below for more information on Amazing Parish.

AMAZING PARISH

Guided Meditation on the Road to Emmaus

The story of Emmaus is always present and relevant to our walk with Christ. Click on the button below for a guided meditation on the Gospel.

EMMAUS MEDITATION

Keep checking this page for more current trends!