Discovering Your Faith Story is an invitation for you to discover the ways that God has touched your life through your own personal history. Many of us are disposed to think that God intersecting in our lives is something unusual - a miraculous healing or a kind of supernatural energy that leaves us enraptured. We imagine that religious experiences are something that happen to others - others who pray more often, live more morally, and are inspired by the Holy Spirit more often than we do.
Yet all of us have religious experiences - moments of reflection, prayer, hope, intuition, decision, doubt, joy. These moments are indications of God working in our ordinary lives. More than just a talk, Discovering Your Faith Story is an exercise that invites you to look back at your life and see patterns, events, threads, and institutions that have composed your experiences of God and leads you to a greater awareness of God in daily life.
This presentation can be done as a shorter talk (60-90 mins) that walks participants through the exercise at a quicker pace and provides handouts for them to complete reflections on their own time. Suggestions are given on how to apply the insights gained.
This presentation can also be offered as a longer retreat experience (4-6 hours). The first half of the day is spent on personal prayer and reflection. Participants are given time to discover the elements of their own faith journey and discuss insights gained in small groups/partners. The second half of the retreat includes presentations and workshop time equipping participants to become more confident in sharing their faith story with others.
- Religious Education Parents
- Confirmation Classes
- RCIA Candidates & Sponsors
- Adult Faith Formation
- Care Ministry Team Members
- Catechist Inservice
- Evangelization Team Training
- and more!
Read what others have said...
I felt the topic was very timely as we search for new understandings and the HOW of applying evangelization skills to our ministry. It was the most informative, formational, and nourishing event I have been to hosted by the Arch[diocese] so far. I plan to implement this immediately by focusing more on providing encounters with Jesus, not just providing programs, and spending more time and effort accompanying individuals in my parish, especially my youth.
Archdiocese of Dubuqe
As this year has been a struggle for me in my new assignment, I feel as if Holy Spirit sent Kristin FOR ME! There was so much that she articulated that was on my heart but I did not know how to put it into words or action. My time last week left me with 11 different statements that I am posting next to my desk as I make may plans for the young people in my parish next year.
Archdiocese of Dubuque
I’ve been thinking about the witness on your family you shared at the Discipleship Formation Seminar I and I am so thankful that you did. It struck me so profoundly and beautifully, that I am still thinking about it. Your courage and the way you were able to simply be honest really resonated with me and my own family, so thank you. Thank you for being willing to share it because it encouraged me to pursue my own healing. It still has a long way to go, but it’s on its way.
My catechists and I really enjoyed your talk on discipleship and catechesis. I think many really did have a few “take-aways” they will be incorporating into their lives and those children and youth they serve.
Religious Education Coordinator,
We were blessed to have Burning Hearts Disciples walk with us as we journey towards intentional discipleship on a personal & parish level. Your accompaniment has been invaluable to us as we journey towards intentional discipleship. Thank you for your inspired support and spirit-filled accompaniment.
Discipleship Task Force
Frank Desiano CSP and Kenneth Boyak CSP, Paulist Press, 2009.
Sherry A. Weddell, Our Sunday Visitor, 2012.
United States Catholic Conference, 1999.