Evangelization 101

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This slideshow introduces the cultural need and Church teaching on evangelization. It is the Evangelical Catholic\'s introductory presentation when training Catholic leaders.

This slideshow introduces the cultural need and Church teaching on evangelization. It is the Evangelical Catholic\'s introductory presentation when training Catholic leaders.

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  • If someone is really hungry – they haven’t eaten for 2 days – and you can tell that all is not right with them. The first thing that comes to your mind is that they must be worried about how the Green Bay Packers are going to do this year in their 3rd year without Brett Favre. So, thinking that this is their fundamental need - you say you have good news for them – the Green Bay Packers are going to be really good this year! Then they no longer seem interested in your good news. But you start to say it louder – THE GREEN BAY PACKERS ARE GOING TO BE REALLY GOOD THIS YEAR!
  • Suggests that speaking to the problem of being separated from God by sin might not be the most effective message.
  • - Meaning Purpose - Though feel connection to transcendent power, still a large portion of the students not conceiving God according to the Good News of Christian Revelation. - “Still haven’t found what they’re looking for.”
  • An omnipotent God in control of their life God understands and shares in one’s suffering God gives strength to confront and overcome injustice Nothing can separate you from the love of God
  • Doorways for experiencing God. Boundary experiences – suffering, angst, great joy, ultimate is death Limit questions – everyday life – questions that transcend and often contradict the life situation
  • This is not revelation – talking about pastoral observation that has led to these categories which we feel are helpful for ministering to our culture. People really do fall into these and we hope that you’ll resonate with these as we unpack.
  • This is not revelation – talking about pastoral observation that has led to these categories which we feel are helpful for ministering to our culture. People really do fall into these and we hope that you’ll resonate with these as we unpack.
  • In one word – fear. We are held captive by fear – if we admit that something’s wrong, our lives will fall apart – credibility, strength, worth, self-concept might all come crashing down if I admit a chink in my armor. Our society perpetuates this myth – have to have everything together – skinny, athletic, smell good, social, confident, clean, perfect. Resume’ – pressures to live a life of building a resume’ – experience, classes, volunteering, leadership roles, etc.
  • Can you picture this person? Trust in a person – not in a set of beliefs or a system. That’s inaccessible to people – so against the grain of how a relationship would normally be built. Do you have a trusting relationship with an unbeliever? If so, you’re one stage into helping someone to be a disciple of Christ and follow God intentionally.
  • Think about people who are going to Mass. Most of them have a trusting relationship with Christians (parents, youth worker, friend, relative). Many non-practicing don’t have that – they don’t have ONE trusting relationship with Christians. It’s a problem. OUR problem – not their problem.
  • We are not an unchurched society – almost every american has some exper with a church or some xians – a lot of times it leaves them either wanting or burned. Uninspired by the witness – feel like a project – or burned. Formindable task to rebuild trust – how many of you have a story of someone who has lost their trust in xians. Trust takes time – how long does it take for you to really trust people? I have friends who don’t even know who I am. Not a quick endeavor. Post-modern mind suspicious of systems or categories – you just want to insert me into your system. People are allergic to this.
  • So, how do you build trust? (discuss) Your witness – removing the planks from your own eyes and being serious about your own faith. Taking Christ seriously yourself. Many people want everyone to be xians- but don’t want to be a committed xian themselves. Let your light shine brightly before men… Have you ever met someone who was just different – and it was attractive? Run through the others Last one – do you take the time to think about and pray for people in your life?
  • Have Trust But JUST curious – not ready to change or even accept that they need to change – but curious – taking notice – even in a way that they want to know a little bit more about – why are you hopeful, at peace, or forgiving in the middle of trial. We can actually foster this curiosity – don’t have to just wait and hope that it comes – going to talk more about how. Curiosity usually includes the questions – they need to be able to express their opinions, however woefully misguided you think those questions are. Going to get some intellectual, emotional messiness – have to be able to engage it without correcting it. Uh-ha – ok – ask another question – dialog. They’ll walk away after having a great, open conversation with a xian about deep things – and not having felt put down or condemned.
  • So – here’s how we can foster curiosity. Living it out in a way that you don’t have to apologize for it. Hide the fact that I pray or go to Mass. No – not in your face about it – but I do it. I pray, love, forgive, say God bless you, friendly to strangers – don’t do it for reaction – but don’t hide it. 2) You’re my roommate and you don’t believe anything – I’m going to invite you out to wings or broomball with a bunch of my Catholic buddies – we’re not going to gang-up on you and make you Catholic – just want to hang. They’ll walk away saying – man – those guys are all Catholic – they didn’t jam it down my throat. I’ve been living this way – and now they see my friends doing that in ways that I wasnm’t even able to do. They’ll experience the body of Christ. They’re expecting a bunch of old-fashioned, stuffy, traditionalists – they were awesome – athletic – I never expected… Nothing is more disarming than for a xian to expose how they messed up and how Christ has responded. Going to have a whole session next about this – we don’t stop talking about spiritual conversation if a person is an unbeliever. E.g. - Attributing blessings to God
  • One of the hardest ones – big threshold They probably already have some trust/curiosity with some people in their lives – moving from there to openness is a major step. This is when you actually come to accept the fact that something in your life needs change – something wrong, missing, backwards, upside down, empty, etc. We have a lot of protective mechanisms that we use to protect us from the idea that we have to change – we do it with our wives/friends all the time – we know we’re wrong, we just don’t want to admit it – give example – so human With the unbelieving culture – there is a log of cynicism, bitterness, antagonism about belief it God – people just see the abuses – that are real – and react against the idea/belief in God because of them. Internal and external obstacles – abused by parents, misused by xian neighbor or co-worker (in ternal) – or outspoken xian in my life that’s really nasty (external obstacle to me ever being open). One has not yet made a decision to follow Christ – the defenses have dropped – experiential, emotionally, intellectually Some may never make the transition from trust and curiosity to openness. A lot of practicing Christians have not made this turn. You still continue to work and pray for this transition, but realize that many people won’t make this turn. Why is this such a big transition/stage? (discuss)
  • In one word – fear. We are held captive by fear – if we admit that something’s wrong, our lives will fall apart – credibility, strength, worth, self-concept might all come crashing down if I admit a chink in my armor. Our society perpetuates this myth – have to have everything together – skinny, athletic, smell good, social, confident, clean, perfect. Resume’ – pressures to live a life of building a resume’ – experience, classes, volunteering, leadership roles, etc.
  • You can actually foster this turn – how would we do this with a curious person? Here’s an idea; Just ask the question. In the context of a relationship, that’s a totally doable question. You’ll see God all over their life if you’re a believer – remind them of some of these things – how they’re learning to relinquish control – you were so afraid that things would come crashing down and you’re ok . Open about our need for change – they can be too. What are apologetics? Here’s a good place for them. Sometimes it’s more about I’m right and you’re wrong – not giving a healthy account. But for someone in this stage – they have all these questions and obstacles – they could be very reasonable. HAVE to be questions that they are actually asking. If you give a reason for something they’re not wondering about – then they’ll feel like you’re trying to cram them into a system again.
  • Openness is not constantly pursuing knowledge/change. When I’m seeking – I start seeking out information – that’s when you’re seeking. I’m starting to read the Bible – I’m going to a talk to learn about Christian dating – I’m pursuing.
  • When someone is seeking – they are seeking. WHAT DO WE GIVE THEM? (discuss) They don’t know where to turn for information – but they can absorb bad information. We have to be right on point and ready to give them good stuff.
  • Do we typically move people through this path of discipleship well - sequentially?

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  • 1. Evangelization Defining the Mission Jason Simon The Evangelical Catholic
  • 2. Activities of U.S. Catholic Churches
    • % of Parishes having Program
    • 93% Youth RE
    • 78% Parish Council
    • 72% Liturgy Planning Group
    • 71% Care of Sick
    • 52% Social Needs
    • 49% Music and Cultural Needs
    • 32% Evangelization
  • 3. The ESSENTIAL mission of The Church
    • Evangelization
  • 4. What is Evangelization?
    • Evangel = Good News
    • ization = suffix meaning…
      • memorization, mischaracterization, authorization
      • The act, process, or result of doing/making something.
    • GoodNewsization
  • 5. Good News!
    • The urgency of missionary activity derives from the radical newness of life brought by Christ and lived by his followers. (7, JP II’s italics)
    • - Mission of the Redeemer , Pope John Paul II, 12/7/1990
  • 6. Newness of Life!
    • Newness of life in him is the "Good News" for men and women of every age: all are called to it and destined for it. Indeed, all people are searching for it, albeit at times in a confused way…(11).
  • 7.
    • The Church, and every individual Christian within her, may not keep hidden or monopolize this newness and richness which has been received from God's bounty in order to be communicated to all mankind (11).
  • 8. What is Evangelization?
    • Evangel = Good News
    • ization = suffix meaning…
    • GoodNewsization
    • Evangelization calls people to conversion and faith (GDC 53-55).
    • Arouses the beginnings of faith ( National Directory for Catechesis )
  • 9. The ESSENTIAL mission of The Church
    • Evangelization
    • “ Evangelizing is in fact the grace
    • and vocation proper to the Church,
    • her deepest identity.
    • She exists in order to evangelize.”
    • -Pope Paul VI
  • 10. Adults
    • “Let us strengthen our commitment and intensify our efforts to help the adults in our communities be touched and transformed by the life-giving message of Jesus, to explore its meaning, experience its power, and live in its light as faithful adult disciples today.”
    • -USCCB, Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us
  • 11. Youth
    • In general it is observed that the first victims of the spiritual and cultural crisis gripping the world are the young. It is also true that any commitment to the betterment of society finds its hopes in them. This should stimulate the Church all the more to proclaim the Gospel to the world of youth with courage and creativity (181).
    • - General Directory for Catechesis , 1997
  • 12. “ We talk about evangelization but in fact do very little to empower people in the exercise of this ministry.” ~Bishop Samuel Jacobs, Chairman of the US Bishops Committee for Evangelization
  • 13. So How DO we evangelize?
  • 14. Guadium et Spes The Church in the Modern World
    • 1. The joys and the hopes, the griefs and the anxieties of the men of this age, especially those who are poor or in any way afflicted, these are the joys and hopes, the griefs and anxieties of the followers of Christ. Indeed, nothing genuinely human fails to raise an echo in their hearts.
  • 15. How do we do this?
    • Through Relationships
    • Through Love
    • Through non-threatening explanations of your faith in Christ.
  • 16. The Importance of the Echoes
    • “ Indeed, nothing genuinely human fails to raise an echo in their hearts” (GS 1).
    • Kerygma – the announcement – needs to address felt needs (the echoes)
  • 17. Research
    • Barna Research Study
      • 9 out of 10 adults surveyed feel accepted by God
    • 2004 UCLA Study of 112,000 undergrad students
      • 74% Feel a sense of connection with a higher being that transcends self
      • 63% Disagree with the notion that “people who don’t believe in God will be punished”
  • 18. UCLA Results
    • 75% Searching for meaning/purpose in life
    • 56% Perceive God as “love” or “creator”
    • 49% Perceive God as “protector”
    • <50% Feel “secure” in their religious views
  • 19. Christian Smith U. of Notre Dame Sociology Prof. and Dir. of the Study of Religion
    • Extensive research into the interaction between youth and religion.
      • Sees youth responding to religion
      • because of its ability to deal with
      • their angst.
       
  • 20. Good News that addresses angst
    • Religious Practices bring relief (e.g. prayer)
    • Religious maxims lived out and taught in a community.
    • Conclusion: Often offers more effective lenses through which to handle life’s experiences than secular solutions
  • 21. Boundary Experiences Death, suffering, saying goodbye, accepting new opportunities, moving away from home to college, or changing grades Limit Questions Arise out of our normal, everyday lives (unlike boundary experiences). Where is my life going, what is my purpose, do my friends really like me, etc.
  • 22. Break?
  • 23. 5 Stages of Post-modern Conversion
    • Trust
    • *Adapted by the Evangelical Catholic and the Catherine of Siena Institute from Five Thresholds of Post-Modern Conversion, Doug Schaupp, 1998
  • 24. Evangelization in the Modern World
    • Through this wordless witness these Christians stir up irresistible questions in the hearts of those who see how they live:
    • Why are they like this?
    • Why do they live in this way?
    • What or who is it that inspires them?
    • Why are they in our midst?
    • Such a witness is already a silent proclamation of the Good News and a very powerful and effective one. Here we have an initial act of evangelization.
  • 25. 5 Stages of Pre-discipleship
    • Trust
    • Curiosity
    • Openness
    • Seeking
    • Intentional Discipleship
    • *Adapted by the Evangelical Catholic and the Catherine of Siena Institute from Five Thresholds of Post-Modern Conversion, Doug Schaupp, 1998
  • 26. Pope Benedict XVI, Inaugural Homily
    • “ If we let Christ enter fully into our lives, if we open ourselves totally to him, are we not afraid that He might take something away from us? Are we not perhaps afraid to give up something significant, something unique, something that makes life so beautiful? Do we not then risk ending up diminished and deprived of our freedom?”
  • 27.  
  • 28. Pre-Discipleship Stage 1: Trust
    • Do not believe in God
    • Are not even curious about God
    • Are not seeking God
    • But they may trust someone who does believe in God and is following Him.
  • 29. Trust
    • Most practicing Christians have initial trust
    • Many non-practicing Christians or unchurched people DO NOT have a trusting relationship with either a disciple or the Church.
  • 30. Building Trust
    • Trust can be difficult to build or restore.
    • Trust takes time
    • In a post-modern culture, Christians must deliberately earn trust
    • We earn trust through PERSONAL, AUTHENTIC, CARING RELATIONSHIPS
  • 31. How do you build trust?
    • Consciously living your life as an intentional disciple
    • Authentic friendship
    • Genuine interest in their life (thoughts, past, worldview)
    • “ Care”
    • Time and prayer
  • 32. Pre-Discipleship Stage 2: Curiosity
    • Implies trust, but does not involve a real openness to change (not yet)
    • People need a very safe, non-threatening way to express their curiosity without overreaction, pressure or criticism
    • We can intentionally foster curiosity
  • 33. Fostering Curiosity
    • “ Show me the money!” A lived out faith in Jesus.
    • Experiencing genuine Christian community
    • Sharing our struggles and how Christ has responded
    • Asking good questions and raising spiritual topics
    • Telling stories of Christ’s action in your life and the lives of others
  • 34. Pre-Discipleship Stage 3: Openness
    • Moving from curiosity to openness is one of the hardest movements to make
    • Involves lowering defenses (cynicism, antagonism), and acknowledging to God and yourself that you are in need of change.
    • Many internal and external fears and obstacles must be overcome to reach openness.
    • Openness is not discipleship. It involves a tentative openness to God, but does not mean that one has made a decision to follow Christ.
    • Some may never make this transition.
  • 35. Pope Benedict XVI, Inaugural Homily
    • “ If we let Christ enter fully into our lives, if we open ourselves totally to him, are we not afraid that He might take something away from us? Are we not perhaps afraid to give up something significant, something unique, something that makes life so beautiful? Do we not then risk ending up diminished and deprived of our freedom?”
  • 36. Fostering Openness
    • Gentle nudges: “What is hindering you from opening yourself to God/Christ?”
    • Remind them of how God has been working in their life.
    • Conscious discussions about our need for change.
    • Apologetics (for questions they are actually asking about Christ!)
  • 37. Pre-Discipleship Stage 4: Seeking
    • “ Dating with a purpose”. “This could be the ONE!”
    • Seeking is active. It involves intentionally exploring a relationship with Christ and his Church and the possibility of discipleship (openness is still an essentially passive stage).
    • Most begin to pray at this stage, become aware of sin.
  • 38. Fostering Seeking
    • Small group Bible study
    • Retreat
    • Mass
    • Participate in “good works”
    • Help them to see their own spiritual gifts and potential.
    • Help them understand there is a decision that needs to be made (many Catholics don’t know this!)
  • 39. Our End Goal
    • “ The acceptance of a personal relationship with Christ, a sincere adherence to him, and a willingness to conform one’s life to his. Conversion to Christ involves making a genuine commitment to him and a personal decision to follow him as his disciple.”
    • National Directory of Catechesis , pp.47,48
  • 40. Pre-discipleship Stages
    • Trust
    • Curiosity
    • Openness
    • Seeking
    • Intentional Discipleship
  • 41. Intentional Evangelization
  • 42.  
  • 43.
    • Need Bases
    • Need Baselines
    • Need Movement
    • Need Hand-offs
    Evangelize Establish Initiatory Catechesis Permanent Catechesis Equip Engage Pre-evangelization Front Porch Living Room Dining Room Kitchen
  • 44. Front Porch Living Room Dining Room Kitchen
  • 45. Front Porch Living Room Dining Room Kitchen
  • 46. Front Porch Living Room Dining Room Kitchen
  • 47. Front Porch Living Room Dining Room Kitchen
  • 48. Example: Small Group Ministry
    • Equips Leaders who have “adhered their lives to the Word”
    • Urges and empowers them to reach out to their friends, neighbors, and parishioners in order to form groups
    • Accomplish Evangelization and Catechesis at the same time according to individual needs
    • Continual emphasis on multiplication and leadership development
  • 49. Your Discipleship Process should have four important features:
    • Clarity (what is your parish’s vision?)
    • Movement (where are the hand-offs?)
    • Alignment (is your parish on-board?)
    • Focus (Say no)
  • 50. Discussion
    • What are the challenges you’ve found in having clarity, movement, alignment, and focus?
    • What area of the house is the strongest in a typical Catholic Church? Your Church or ministry?
    • What often goes wrong in helping people from the street into the Kitchen?