What is missionary discipleship?
Missionary discipleship is following Jesus Christ in and through His Church to share the gospel message with our family and our neighbors, to the ends of the earth.
Missionary discipleship involves getting all the baptized to understand that we are called to mission, not maintenance. This involves facilitating encounter with Jesus Christ in a manner that opens hearts to ongoing conversion of life, anchored and fed by the sacramental life of the Church. Missionary discipleship presumes that the Great Commission of Matthew 28 is, in fact, THE mission. We are called to reach out, propose, and share Jesus Christ to people in spiritual need: that is, evangelization.
This office’s goal is to provide resources, brainstorming, assessment and facilitation on a parish and diocesan level how the people of God in southern Minnesota go deeper into our life in Christ, and go out to share that good news about Jesus Christ with others in love.
Recommended books/documents for reading:
Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus, is the 2012 book by Sherry Weddell, co-founder of the Catherine of Siena Institute ( https://siena.org/ ) . This has been quickly recognized as the best diagnostic book on the state of discipleship in American Catholic parishes today, how we got here, and where we are called by Christ to go.
Contemporary Church documents:
Paul VI, Evangelii Nuntiandi (On Evangelization in the Modern World) http://w2.vatican.va/content/paul-vi/en/apost_exhortations/documents/hf_p-vi_exh_19751208_evangelii-nuntiandi.html
Francis, Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/apost_exhortations/documents/papa-francesco_esortazione-ap_20131124_evangelii-gaudium.html
USCCB, Living as Missionary Disciples: a Resource for Evangelization http://ccc.usccb.org/flipbooks/living-as-missionary-disciples/files/assets/basic-html/page-I.html
There is a wide variety of parish resources available that claim the label “missionary discipleship.” Many fall within three models: the hospitality-relational model, the small group discipleship model, and the “Sunday experience” model. There is overlap within these models, and videos will be coming soon to this webpage to address the pros and cons of each model.
Parish-wide evangelization processes (this list is not exhaustive). The first three are in English and Spanish:
Evangelization processes, outreaches, or resources targeted to specific populations: