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What is keeping so many of us, and so many of our parishes, from becoming powerhouses of faith and evangelization is that we don't have a living relationship with Christ that transforms us into intentional disciples. Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus (Our Sunday Visitor, 2012) has become one of the most talked-about books of the decade in Catholic parishes across the country. Written by Sherry Weddell, co-founder and co-director of the Catherine of Siena Institute, Forming Intentional Disciples takes a cleareyed look at the state of the Church today. Based on more than a decade of research with Catholics from across the country, the issues and opportunities in this book connect seamlessly with Pope Francis' call for evangelization as we open wide the doors of faith! Now the book that is changing hearts has a study guide that will help you change your parish or small faith community. Created by people who have experienced the transformative impact of discipleship firsthand, the Forming Intentional Disciples Study Guide provides tools and resources to "break the silence," initiate conversations, share the story of faith, and begin walking the path of discipleship together.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Ximena DeBroeck
Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor
Release: 2014-03-28
File: 16 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781612783673

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What is keeping so many of us, and so many of our parishes, from becoming powerhouses of faith and evangelization is that we don't have a living relationship with Christ that transforms us into intentional disciples. Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus (Our Sunday Visitor, 2012) has become one of the most talked-about books of the decade in Catholic parishes across the country. Written by Sherry Weddell, co-founder and co-director of the Catherine of Siena Institute, Forming Intentional Disciples takes a cleareyed look at the state of the Church today. Based on more than a decade of research with Catholics from across the country, the issues and opportunities in this book connect seamlessly with Pope Francis' call for evangelization as we open wide the doors of faith! Now the book that is changing hearts has a study guide that will help you change your parish or small faith community. Created by people who have experienced the transformative impact of discipleship firsthand, the Forming Intentional Disciples Study Guide provides tools and resources to "break the silence," initiate conversations, share the story of faith, and begin walking the path of discipleship together. To purchase the book, click here. For a non-reproducible PDF of this pamphlet, click here. The PDF is meant for review only and should not be reproduced in any form.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Ximena DeBroeck
Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor
Release: 2016-03-23
File: 16 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781681920399

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How can we transmit a living, personal Catholic faith to future generations? By coming to know Jesus Christ, and following him as his disciples. These are times of immense challenge and immense opportunity for the Catholic Church. Consider these statistics for the United States. Only 30 percent of Americans who were raised Catholic are still practicing. Fully 10 percent of all adults in America are ex-Catholics. The number of marriages celebrated in the Church decreased dramatically, by nearly 60 percent, between 1972 and 2010. Only 60 percent of Catholics believe in a personal God. If the Church is to reverse these trends, the evangelizers must first be evangelized-in other words, Catholics-in-the-pew must make a conscious choice to know and follow Jesus before they 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. Learn about the five thresholds of postmodern conversion, how to open a conversation about faith and belief, how to ask thought-provoking questions and establish an atmosphere of trust, when to tell the Great Story of Jesus, how to help someone respond to God's call to intentional discipleship, and much more. And be prepared for conversion because when life at the parish level changes, the life of the whole Church will change.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Sherry A. Weddell
Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor
Release: 2015-11-30
File: 272 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781612789439

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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 transformationHow "fireside chats" can help a pastor connect with his parishioners and call them to personal discipleship and missionThe co-responsibility of lay people andpastors in the work of making disciplesThe revolutionary impact of a discipleship approach to youth ministryHow 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?"

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Genre: Religion
Author: Sherry Weddell
Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor
Release: 2015
File: 144 Pages
ISBN-13: 1612788343

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As faith-filled Catholics, we are called to go out and spread the good news of the Gospel, build up the Church, and fuel its mission. We are supernaturally empowered by God to do this through the charisms we receive at Baptism. Learn about each charism, what they are, and how discipleship unleashes these powerful gifts to produce fruit that lasts.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Sherry A. Weddell
Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor
Release: 2017-06-20
File: 232 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781612789743

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Are you ready to take your faith to the next level? If you yearn for a life that moves beyond believing and practicing your faith, if you want to radically live your faith, if you want a more profound relationship with Jesus Christ, then it is time for you to become an activated disciple. The Foundation of discipleship is imitation. True discipleship requires such a close relationship with God that every area of your life is transformed. It is about opening yourself to God and inviting him to dwell within you, becoming holy as he is holy, loving as he is loving, disciples of Christ become the instruments God employs to transform the world. - Move beyond simply believing and practicing your faith and begin radically living it! - Overcome obstacles that keep you from being the disciple you are made to be.
- Be a positive influence and an instrument of transformation in the Church.

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Author: Jeff Cavins
Publisher: Ascension Press
Release: 2018-11-05
File: 144 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781945179723

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Are you new to Catholicism and become a recent "Catholic convert"? Did you grow up Catholic and return as a "Catholic revert"? Are you interested in "becoming Catholic" for the first time? If you want to learn more about basic Catholic beliefs, Waking Up Catholic: A Guide to Catholic Beliefs for Converts, Reverts, and Anyone Becoming Catholic is the book for you. The depth of Catholic theology is one of its greatest beauties, but understanding it can be one of its greatest challenges. You have questions. Waking Up Catholic has answers. Learn about: How does Catholic Tradition fit in with Scripture? Why do we have a pope? Do Catholics "really" worship Mary? Why do Catholics pray to saints? Is Holy Communion just a symbol of Christ? What is the purpose of Confession? Do repetitious Catholic prayers really work? And more... Waking Up Catholic answers these questions, and more, from the perspective of someone who converted to Catholicism himself. Waking Up Catholic may be the first Catholic book you've ever read, but after you're done, it won't be the last.

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Genre: Theology, Doctrinal
Author: Chad R. Torgerson
Publisher: Assisi Media
Release: 2013-07-03
File: 154 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780989531900

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In Liturgical Catechesis in the 21st Century: A School of Discipleship, Dr. James Pauley explores the sacred action most essential to forming genuine disciples: the transformative encounter with God in the liturgy. Drawing upon important twentieth-century intellectual influences as well as the experience of several of today’s foremost catechetical leaders, this book will inspire readers with a promising new vision for sacramental preparation and mystagogical catechesis, one that places maximum emphasis on apprenticing people into an active and fruitful sacramental life in Christ.

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Author: James C. Pauley
Publisher: LiturgyTrainingPublications
Release: 2017-11-21
File: 272 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781618332240

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Classroom Management for Catechists explores many techniques that could

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Genre: Education
Author: Jennifer Fitz
Publisher:
Release: 2013
File: 112 Pages
ISBN-13: 0764822349

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Now in paperback, muti-awarded national hit Simple Church shares a clear message from case studies of 400 North American congregations: Church is done best when it's kept simple.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Thom S. Rainer
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
Release: 2011-06
File: 281 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780805447996

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