We're thrilled to be a part of the Institute of Missionary Discipleship initiative in the The Catholic Diocese of Kalamazoo. Consider joining us for this day-long Art of Accompaniment formation.
The Diocese of Kalamazoo introduces the Institute of Missionary Discipleship which offers the ability for Catholics to grow in their love and relationship with Jesus. IMD offers trainings in ministry, spirituality, and theology. Participants grow in faith, relationship, and knowledge. All Catholic are encouraged to join and learn how they can grow as missionary disciples.
For more information on the Institute of Missionary Discipleship and their schedule of events, click here.
Below are a list of the resources mentioned during this Formation Day. These can be great tools to help you continue to grow in your understanding and application of the accompaniment principles covered.
General Accompaniment Resources
by Sherry Weddell
We must make conscious choice to know and follow Jesus before we 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.
Sherry discusses the statistical realities of where people are today, how to have "threshold conversations" that identify where a person is on their journey of conversion, and has an entire section dedicated to sharing the Great Story (the kerygma).
by Pope Francis
Pope Francis's popular message of hope explores themes that are important for believers in the 21st century. Examining the many obstacles to faith and what can be done to overcome those hurdles, he emphasizes the importance of service to God and all his creation. Advocating for “the homeless, the addicted, refugees, indigenous peoples, the elderly who are increasingly isolated and abandoned,” the Holy Father shows us how to respond to poverty and current economic challenges that affect us locally and globally. Ultimately, Pope Francis demonstrates how to develop a more personal relationship with Jesus Christ, “to recognize the traces of God’s Spirit in events great and small.”
Profound in its insight, yet warm and accessible in its tone, The Joy of the Gospel is a call to action to live a life motivated by divine love and, in turn, to experience heaven on earth.
by Fr. James Mallon
Highly acclaimed for his work with parish renewal and the New Evangelization, Fr. James Mallon shares with us the many ways for bringing our parishes to life. Mallon challenges us to rethink our models of parish life, from membership-based communities to assemblies of disciples of Jesus who proclaim and share the good news with all peoples.
Divine Renovation can serve blueprint for parishes to go beyond maintaining their buildings and meeting the needs of their parishioners. He believes the key to being a Church that is alive and relevant is for parishes to embrace their mission, which is to make disciples.
by Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa OFM
Compiling meditations he delivered at the Papal Household, Fr. Cantalamessa traces the waves of evangelization from the first centuries of Christianity to the present day. Diving into scientific atheism, rationalism, and secularism, he navigates through the major modern challenges that the announcement of the Gospel encounters.
By mapping out the route that evangelization has taken, Fr. Cantalamessa provides readers with a compass steering them not only toward an understanding of the new evangelization, but also toward putting that understanding into practice.
by Deacon Keith Strohm
Jesus died to set us free, yet we all experience thoughts from the enemy that lead us away from Christ and his truth. Popular author and speaker Deacon Keith Strohm shines Gods light on ten of the most common lies that Satan uses to bind our hearts and prevent us from experiencing the fullness of Gods love. Not only does Deacon Strohm help us gain clarity to the ways in which these lies take hold and imprison us, he also shows us that through the use of Scripture and the spiritual traditions of the Church, we can break the power and authority those lies have in our lives.
We all want to be drawn closer in our relationship with Jesus Christ and more secure in our identities as sons and daughters of God, so we can never be too vigilant in battling the lies of the enemy. This book offers valuable wisdom for any Christian - those just beginning to follow Christ and those who are more mature in their faith.
by Bob Schuchts
Be Healed: A Guide to Encountering the Powerful Love of Jesus in Your Life helps open us to the spiritual, emotional, and physical healing availalbe through the power of the Holy Spirit and the sacraments.
Still struggling to see yourself as God's beloved? Past wounds and hurt may be betting in the way. The process for finding inner peace and healing in Be Healed has helped many people recognize their brokenness, find hope in the risen Christ, and be able to see themselves through the eyes of the Father.
by Sr. Miriam James Heidland, S.O.L.T.
Although originally full of athletic ambition and goals for a career in sports news, Heidland was transformed in a very slow but deep way during her undergraduate years, moving from party girl to bride of Christ. In Loved as I Am: An Invitation to Conversion, Healing, and Freedom through Jesus, Heidland helps readers learn from her experience of seeking love in the wrong places and instead finding it in Christ. She shares her struggles learning she was adopted, battling alcoholism, and healing from childhood sexual abuse as signs of hope that anyone who desires to know Christ can find him and be loved intimately by him in return.
Loved as I Am provides a gentle and subtle template for finding peace and freedom in Jesus.
by Mary Healy
When we, or a family member or friend, are faced with an injury or illness, physical or emotional, our thoughts turn to God in prayer for healing. We want to believe, as the Centurion did, that God will grant healing, but we wonder. And if we as Catholics have doubts, what does this mean to a hurting world, also in need of healing?
In her book Healing: Bringing God's Gift of Mercy to the World, Mary Healy answers to these questions and more:
- Is Jesus still healing people today?
- Are these healings real and do they last?
- How do we know if God wants us to pray for healing?
- Isn't God asking us to endure suffering and hardships instead of asking for healing?
- How can we pray for healing?
- Can my broken heart be healed as well as my body?
Through the study of Catholic tradition, the lives of the saints, and ordinary people, you'll begin to understand how the message of inward healing is also a message that we as Catholics are empowered to take outward to the world.
by Neal Lozano
In Resisting the Devil, author Neal Lozano shows that sometimes evil spirits tell us lies that lock us into sins and personal problems. He explains the practice of deliverance, a way of dealing with such demonic influences that is supported by the teaching and traditionof the Catholic Church.
- Learn how to recognize the activity of evil spirits
- See how deliverance from spiritual bondage can be gentle, safe, and effective
- Understand how deliverance differs from exorcism and how deliverance and Reconciliation can work together
- Read the testimonies of women and men who have been freed through deliverance ministry.
Do you feel chained to a particular sin pattern that you cannot break? Do you still feel guilty, ashamed, and doomed to repeat a besetting sin even after receiving the sacrament of Reconciliation? Then you may find a way to spiritual freedom through deliverance prayer.
by Burning Hearts Disciples
This reflection is designed to assist you in identifying what role God is playing the story of your life. Download the PDF.
Feel free to personalize this reflection so that it fits your life. If there are sections or questions not relevant to you, feel free to skip them. This activity can evoke prayer and deep reflection. Many people find they need to find a quiet place free from interruptions in order to complete it.
There are many different ways to express and proclaim the kerygma. You can find it throughout the New Testament, the documents of the Church, and the writings of the early Church Fathers.What Is the Kerygma?
Ultimately, however you express it, the kerygma is about the person of Jesus Christ and someone making a choice to give their lives to Him - to become his disciple. There are a number of resources and tools that we can recommend to help you proclaim the kerygma most effectively to the people you have been called to evangelize. Ultimately however, the most powerful proclamation of the kerygma is the one that comes from out of your personal encounter with the life-changing power of the person of Jesus.
We have created there are a number of different tools available to help us encounter, absorb, and proclaim Jesus - but this page has a few we have found to be particularly helpful for adults.
Children are not exempt from the need to hear the Good News of Jesus in a compelling way. Even at a relatively young age, children have the capacity to:
- experience the nearness of God,
- understand the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus in a deep and personal way,
- respond to Jesus' invitation into deeper friendship with the Him, and even
- share the Good News with others.
We need to not only focus on the evangelization of adults and parents, but need to parallel our efforts by evangelization children. There are a number of resources and tools that we can recommend to help you proclaim the kerygma to children, youth, and teens of all ages.