Intentional Discipleship

New Evangelization: Fostering a Culture of Intentional Discipleship

"Our hope is not in a program or philosophy but in the person of Jesus Christ;
who comforts those who are burdened."
Disciples Called To Witness, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
We, the Diocese of Green Bay are “Disciples on the Way.”
In 2014, the Diocese of Green Bay launched a process into the new evangelization called Disciples on the
Way. The goal of Disciples on the Way is the renewal of each person and in turn, our parishes through
discovering Jesus, following Jesus, worshipping Jesus and sharing Jesus.
Bishop Ricken remarks that this is a journey of “prayer, preaching, teaching and growing in faith, that will
help us not necessarily to do more, but to be more; to be more like Jesus in all aspects of our lives, work
and ministries. This is our journey into the New Evangelization.”
Therefore, we, the Diocese of Green Bay, are Disciples on the Way. Every one of us – bishop, priest,
deacon, parish staff, parishioner, etc. – by virtue of our Baptism, is a part of this journey.

Where do I begin?

There are 157 parishes in the Diocese of Green Bay each with particular traditions, approaches to ministry, parish culture, and customs. Fostering a culture of intentional discipleship in your parish is clearly not a "one-size-fits-all" approach. Each parish with its unique charisms manifests the Holy Spirit in different ways and with particular emphases. Pope Francis reminds us "that the parish is not an outdated institution; precisely because it possesses great flexibility, it can assume quite different contours depending on the openness and missionary creativity of the pastor and the community. The parish is the presence of the Church in a given territory, an environment for hearing God's word, for growth in the Christian life, for dialogue, proclamation, charitable outreach, worship and celebration" (Evangelii Gaudium #28).

Parishes in the Diocese of Green Bay are called to be holy, fully engaged and fully alive in reaching all souls for Christ. It is no time to be complacent and comfortable in our attitude or approach. This is a time to be a missionary church centered on Christ that inspires credible witnesses capable of reaching others for Christ. The Department of New Evangelization outlines four simple ways parishes can begin to foster a culture of intentional discipleship in their parish:

1. A praying parish is a spirit filled parish.

2. Gather the people.

3. Forming intentional disciples by Sherry Weddell.

4. From maintenance to mission: Go!

"Where Do I Begin?" Parish Resource by Julianne Stanz

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Five Thresholds of Conversion

Five stages of conversion in the path people follow as they move closer to God as outlined by Sherry A. Weddell in her book "Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus."

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Study Guide

As part of its "Lawn Chair Catechism" initiative, Catholic Mom offers a study guide written by Jennifer Fritz as a companion to Sherry Weddell's "Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus." Catholic Mom has lots of helpful resources and information on their website for you to grow in faith.

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Study Guide

The Archdiocese of Baltimore has created a very helpful study guide to correspond with the book "Forming Intentional Disciples." This would be a helpful resource for you to use in your evangelization efforts.

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Small Faith Sharing Resources

St. Dominic Parish, in San Francisco California has created a small faith sharing process correlated to Sherry Weddell's book "Forming Intentional Disciples." Please credit St. Dominic Parish accordingly if you use their materials.

St. Dominic Parish Forming Intentional Disciples Resources

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Intentional Disciples: Seek the Kingdom | February 2014

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Intentional Disciples: Seek The Lost | January 2014

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Intentional Disciples Are Children of God | December 2013

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Intentional Disciples: Live In Christ | November 2013

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Intentional Disciples: Love One Another | October 2013

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Intentional Disciples: Hear Jesus' Call and Respond | September 2013

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For any questions or comments, please contact:
Julianne Stanz
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