Forming Lifelong Disciples | Diocese of Lansing

Forming Lifelong Disciples

An encounter with Jesus Christ is the beginning and heart of the evangelization process.  The following is a list of what we have found to be the most effective opportunities pastoral teams can bring to their parishes.  We will refer to these as:
1. Alpha for Catholics
2. Cursillo
3. Christ Renews His Parish
4. ChristLife Evangelization Process
5. Life in the Spirit Seminar for Catholics

One way of renewing parishes, especially urgent for parishes in large cities, might be to consider the parish as a community of communities and movements…to form ecclesial communities and groups of a size that allows for true human relationships…. In such a human context it will be easier to gather to hear the word of God, to reflect on the range of human problems in the light of this word and gradually to make responsible decisions inspired by the all-embracing love of Christ” (Pope John Paul II The Church in America, January 22, 1999).
Making disciples and then forming them is the goal of all the Church's evangelization efforts.  It has been found to be most effective to adopt a parish-wide small group model to facilitate lifelong discipleship.  
The following is an ever growing list of what we have found to be some of the best discipleship resources out there.  

1. The Evangelical Catholic: Evangelization Methods
2.  Called & Gifted process from the Catherine of Siena Institute

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