January 9, 2019 - Presenters: Steve & Maureen Anderson
All Christians are invited to a “renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ” (Evangelii Gaudium, no. 9).
Christ calls all people to himself in his Body, the Church, through the workings of the Holy Spirit, so that we can enter into a personal relationship with God the Father. “In virtue of their baptism, all the members of the People of God have become missionary disciples” (Evangelii Gaudium, no. 120).
The Diocese of Biloxi staff inservice is designed to:
- provide an overview of Bishop Kihneman's vision for moving the entire diocese to a culture of missionary discipleship,
- explain the evangelization and discipleship process and provide a common language and vocabulary for the process,
- offer an opportunity for personal encounter with Jesus and personal exploration of the core gospel proclamation (kerygma),
- guide staff through a process of identifying the key elements of their personal journeys to discipleship, and
- equip staff with beginning practical tools and skills to discern where others may be on their faith journey and how to help walk them into their next step.
Many participants find that attending a single seminar or retreat day is only able to provide a brief overview of some of the key elements to discipleship and evangelization. Spending time reflecting, praying, and learning both individually and as a group will help ensure you take the concepts from theories and apply them in practice in your own life and in your parish.
Here you can find the handouts and resources used during the inservce day as well as a list of resources we recommend for both individuals and groups to help you on your path toward missionary discipleship.
BY: DIOCESE OF GREEN BAY DEPARTMENT OF NEW EVANGELIZATION
Spend some time unpacking The Kerygma Experience presented at the Inservice. The Encounter & Conversion Handout, particularly the questions on the final page, can be a great source of discussion for your team.
- Which movement of the kerygma was the hardest for you? Why?
- Which movement of the kerygma was the easiest for you to relate to? Why?
- What insight came to you through this experience that was new or different for you?
- What do you need in order to continue to grow as a disciple?
Spend some time as a group looking through the Kerygma Defined handout used during the Inservice. Consider using the Scripture references and quotes from Church documents and saints on this handout for Lectio Divina prayer together.
The questions on the back side of the page, can be a great source of group discussion or personal reflection.
by Deacon Keith Strohm
In Jesus: The Story You Thought You Knew, Deacon Keith Strohm invites you not just to read about Jesus, but to have a transformative encounter with him. This isn't a book of theology, or an abstract story with little impact on your real life. It is the story that can and will transform you if you re open to it. In these pages, you will discover who you truly are and what you were created for. You will meet Jesus, not simply as an historical figure, but as our living and present Savior and friend.
The prayer experience that we used during the Kerygma Experience was based on Chapter 7 of this book. Encounter again, or for the first time Jesus Christ, who lives ... and changes lives.Available in paperback and Kindle.
by Carl Laferton
This beautifully illustrated hardback book takes children on a journey from the garden of Eden to God's prefect new creation. The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross is a simple yet profound proclamation of God's Love and Jesus' redemption appropriate for children.
Retelling the Easter story through a Bible overview, children will discover that 'because of our sin, we can't go in' but because of Jesus' victory on the cross, an even better garden awaits us.
by Catholic Christian Outreach
The Ultimate Relationship booklet helps us to articulate and share our faith. By presenting the Kerygma in a simple and clear fashion, we are able to use it to invite others to respond to Christ’s invitation to friendship.
by Burning Hearts Disciples
This reflection is designed to assist you in identifying what role God is playing the story of your life. Download the PDF.
Feel free to personalize this reflection so that it fits your life. If there are sections or questions not relevant to you, feel free to skip them. This activity can evoke prayer and deep reflection. Many people find they need to find a quiet place free from interruptions in order to complete it.
by Sherry Weddell
We must make conscious choice to know and follow Jesus before we can draw others to him.
This work of discipleship lies at the heart of Forming Intentional Disciples, a book designed to help Church leaders, parish staff and all Catholics transform parish life from within.
Drawing upon her fifteen years of experience with the Catherine of Siena Institute, Sherry Weddell leads readers through steps that will help Catholics enter more deeply into a relationship with God and the river of apostolic creativity, charisms, and vocation that flow from that relationship for the sake of the Church and the world.
The USCCB has outlined a four step methodology for helping people to grow on their discipleship journey. This Encounter, Accompaniment, Community, Mission methodology is outlined in the USCCB document Living as Missionary Disciples: A Resource for Evangelization. While not exhaustive, this resource includes some good reflections on each of the four areas of evangelization methodology.
We have provided some of our own reflections on what each of these moments on the discipleship journey might look like - both in your personal life and your parish. You can access these reflections by click on the (+) next to each movement.
Discipleship, conversion, and a relationship with Christ doesn't end with obedience, intellectual assent, or emotional response. Mature discipleship — like mature friendship, love and marriage — is a complex, organic entity, always growing. We want to help you on your journey of discipleship - whether you are trying to grow personally or as a faith community. We'll meet you where you are on your faith journey, help you plan for the next leg, and walk with you down the road.
OTHER DISCIPLESHIP SEMINAR RESOURCES
Below you can download the resources, videos, and presentations used during the Discipleship Seminars. You may use these resources to help pass along what you learned from those Seminars to the rest of your parish leadership team and to continue to grow together on the journey of Discovering Jesus.
Please know you can also always contact us at Burning Hearts Disciples if you would like assistance in using, reflecting on, or applying any of these materials to your personal faith journey or in a group setting.