Becoming a Parish of Intentional Disciples

Becoming a Parish of Intentional Disciples

by Sherry Weddell


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"It is not the same thing to have known Jesus as not to have known him, not the same thing to walk with him as to walk blindly, not the same thing to hear his word as not to know it.... We know that with Jesus life becomes richer."-Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel

In her first book, Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus, Sherry Weddell, cofounder of the Catherine of Siena Institute, captured the attention of Catholics across the globe as she uncovered the life-changing power that accompanies the conscious decision to follow Jesus as his disciple.

Now, in the groundbreaking Becoming a Parish of Intentional Disciples, she has gathered together experienced leaders and collaborators whose exceptional field-tested wisdom and enthusiasm for transforming Catholic parishes into centers of discipleship and apostolic outreach is both inspiring and practical.

The authors consider:

  • The role of intercessory prayer in parish transformation
  • How "fireside chats" can help a pastor connect with his parishioners and call them to personal discipleship and mission
  • The co-responsibility of lay people andpastors in the work of making disciples
  • The revolutionary impact of a discipleship approach to youth ministry
  • How one parish successfully fostered a culture of intentional discipleship, and much more

As Sherry asks in her own chapter, "Are we willing to answer the call and pay the price necessary to become a new generation of saints through which God can do extraordinary things in our time?"

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612788340
Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor, Publishing Division
Publication date: 01/28/2015
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 446,026
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7

Note to the Reader 8

Chapter 1 The Generation of Saints Sherry A. Weddell 11

Chapter 2 Praying It Forward: Intercession and the Transformation of Your Parish Keith Strohm 29

Chapter 3 Co-Responsible for the Mission of Christ Father Michael Fones 43

Chapter 4 Intentional Disciples: Bearing Spiritual Fruit That Sustains Bobby Vidal 65

Chapter 5 A Parish Moves Ahead Katherine Coolidge 85

Chapter 6 "Fireside Chats" and the Formation of the Laity: Bringing the Parish Together Father Chas Canoy 99

Chapter 7 Rethinking Youth Ministry Jim Beckman 117

Questions for Discussion 139

About the Editor 144

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