Burning Hearts Disciples is assisting the Diocese of Green Bay in continuing to deepening our friendship with Jesus Christ through Regional Discipleship Formation Seminars. These one-day seminars are designed to help key parish volunteer leaders and parish staff understand the challenges in forming disciples of Jesus Christ and the connection between evangelization, catechesis, parish life, and mission within the discipleship process.
Many parish leaders find that attending a single seminar or retreat day is only able to provide a brief overview of some of the key elements to discipleship and evangelization. Spending time reflecting, praying, and learning both individually and as a group will help ensure you take the concepts from theories and apply them in practice in your own life and in your parish.
Here you can find the handouts and resources used during the seminars as well as a list of resources we recommend for both individuals and groups to help you on your path toward missionary discipleship.
The Encounter, Accompaniment, Community, Mission methodology is outlined in the USCCB document Living as Missionary Disciples: A Resource for Evangelization. The appendix includes reflection questions for each of the four methodology areas. Additional resources can also be found in the New Evangelization Library on the website for the Diocese of Green Bay.
ALPHA FOR CATHOLICS
Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith; typically run over eleven weeks. Each talk looks at a different question about faith and is designed to create conversation. Alpha in a Catholic context is a version adapted for Catholics with a few modifications to the content, especially with session eleven focused on the Church. With this, Alpha is designed to be an easy onramp for people to encounter Jesus Christ and develop relationships within the parish community.
A parish roll out of Alpha for Catholics will begin in Fall 2017 and continue through 2018. In the Diocese of Green Bay, Alpha is intended to build upon the Discipleship Formation Seminar by helping people grow in their own journey as disciples.
GROUP SHARING - KERYGMA EXPERIENCE
BY: DIOCESE OF GREEN BAY DEPARTMENT OF NEW EVANGELIZATION
Spend some time as a group unpacking The Kerygma Experience presented at the Discipleship Seminar. The Encounter & Conversion Handout, particularly the questions on the final page, can be a great source of discussion for your team.
- Which movement of the kerygma was the hardest for you? Why?
- Which movement of the kerygma was the easiest for you to relate to? Why?
- What insight came to you through this experience that was new or different for you?
- What do you need in order to continue to grow as a disciple?
GROUP SHARING - KERYGMA DEFINED
BY: BURNING HEARTS DISCIPLES
Spend some time as a group looking through the Kerygma Defined handout used during the Discipleship Seminar. Consider using the Scripture references and quotes from Church documents and saints on this handout for Lectio Divina prayer together.
The questions on the back side of the page, can be a great source of discussion for your team.
BOOK STUDY - JESUS: THE STORY YOU THOUGHT YOU KNEW
BY: DEACON KEITH STROHM
In Jesus: The Story You Thought You Knew, Deacon Keith Strohm invites you not just to read about Jesus, but to have a transformative encounter with him. This isn't a book of theology, or an abstract story with little impact on your real life. It is the story that can and will transform you if you re open to it. In these pages, you will discover who you truly are and what you were created for. You will meet Jesus, not simply as an historical figure, but as our living and present Savior and friend. Reflection and discussion questions are included at the end of each chapter.
BOOK STUDY - UNDER THE INFLUENCE: THE TRANSFORMING EXPERIENCE OF ENCOUNTERING CHRIST
BY: JOE PAPROCKI
Many Catholics feel catechized but not “evangelized”, meaning they know about Jesus but do not feel they know him personally. The bridge between where we are and where we want to be in our faith journey can be confusing without the right guidance. In Under the Influence of Jesus, best-selling author Joe Paprocki explains complex spiritual concepts with engaging discussion so that “everyday” Catholics can integrate and articulate their faith and live the Gospel in a way that is simple, compelling, contemporary, liberating, and life-changing.
RETREAT DAY - KERYGMA: A PROCLAMATION OF THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
BY: BARBARA MASON REED
Kerygma is a Catholic Bible-based retreat which gives the participants the opportunity to encounter the Lord Jesus through hearing and responding to His Word and renewing the gifts and graces received in Baptism & Confirmation. Although it uses both Scripture and Church teaching to announce the Good News of Jesus Christ, it is not an academic study of salvation history but rather an opportunity for the many Catholics who do not know the basic Gospel message to experience its life-changing effects.
SERIES - CCO DISCOVERY STUDY (LEVEL ONE)
BY: CATHOLIC CHRISTIAN OUTREACH
The CCO Faith Study series is a collection of five thematic studies that simply and clearly explain the truths of the faith and practically outline important principles for Catholic living. The strength of these faith studies is in their didactic and intentionality. Their purpose is to bring people to a personal encounter with Jesus Christ, leading to a conversion which orients their entire life to God. The leader guide content is comprehensive, easy to understand share and offers practical suggestions on how to lead.
Level One - Discovery is a 6-week study that leads you through a simple but personally challenging look at the Gospel message.
OTHER DISCIPLESHIP SEMINAR RESOURCES
Below you can download the resources, videos, and presentations used during the Discipleship Seminars. You may use these resources to help pass along what you learned from those Seminars to the rest of your parish leadership team and to continue to grow together on the journey of Discovering Jesus.
Please know you can also always contact us at Burning Hearts Disciples if you would like assistance in implementing or processing any of these materials.