April 2021: Art of Accompaniment: Archdiocese of Dubuque

The Spring 2021 Pastoral Leadership Study Day will take place virtually on Tuesday, April 13th from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, with an optional Q & A and discussion session from 1:00-2:00 PM. The topic will be “The Art of Accompaniment” with keynote speaker Kristin Bird (www.burningheartsdisciples.org). There is no cost to participate..

Accompaniment Resources

Many participants 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 Pastoral Leadership Day as well as a list of resources we recommend for both individuals and groups to help you as you work to more fully and frutifully live out the Church's mission to evangelize through the Art of Accompaniment.   

Share Your Story!  Tell us about your experience of the Pastoral Leadership Day.


Session I:  The Evangelization Process


 

The Evangelization Process Slides/Handout

The Evangelization Process Slides/Handout

The slides from the Accompaniment Listening presentation.  If you are interested in a Formation and Reflection Event on evangelization as the mission of the Church and the evangelization process, contact us today.  

Read more

Evangelii Nuntandi

Evangelii Nuntandi

by St. Pope Paul VI

Evangelii Nuntiandi has lost none of its force and brilliance over the past forty years. On Evangelization in the Modern World serves as a guiding document for the work of the New Evangelization in the Church today.  This particular edition includes a helpful study guide for reflection and discussion.  

Read more

Living as Missionary Disciples: Resources for Evangelization

Living as Missionary Disciples: Resources for Evangelization

by USCCB

The USCCB Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis developed Living as Missionary Disciples: A Resource for Evangelization as a leadership resource to provides principles of evangelization and missionary discipleship.  You can view this resource as a free flipbook through the USCCB website.  

Read more

Start With Jesus: How Everyday Disciples Will Renew the Church

Start With Jesus: How Everyday Disciples Will Renew the Church

by Julianne Stanz

Julianne Stanz's book introduces a practical and motivational way to restructure a parish's mission – start with Jesus.  Start with Jesus is a book about people, process, and culture, rather than an emphasis on quick fixes or unsustainable efforts. She aims to help regular people be transformed from the inside out by growing in relationship with Jesus Christ through individual and group experiences, thus transforming our parish communities.

Read more

Ablaze: 5 Essential Paradigm Shifts for Parish Renewal

Ablaze: 5 Essential Paradigm Shifts for Parish Renewal

by Deacon Keith Strohm

Whether you ve just begun the journey toward parish renewal or your parish is well on its way toward new life and mission, this book will provide critical insights and tools to help you on the way.  Ablaze gets to the heart of the matter in challenging parish and diocesan leadership to step up and, in spite of the cost, lead a transformation of the culture of their organizations. 

Read more

Discipleship Check-In

Discipleship Check-In

Growth in the Christian life happens through God’s grace, not our own effort or power, so it is important to remember that “you are where you are” right now. You always have the potential to grow as a disciple in your walk with Jesus. As a community of disciples, the Catholic Church offers us many ways to progress farther and deeper in our discipleship walk with Jesus.  This reflection guide will help you pray through your own journey of discipleship and how you are being called to go further and deeper into that relationship and mission with Jesus.

 

Read more


Session II:  The Art Of Accompaniment


The Art of Accompaniment Slides/Handout

The Art of Accompaniment Slides/Handout

The slides from the Art of Accompaniment Presentation.  

Burning Hearts Disciples offers additional Accompaniment Formation that builds the foundation upon which all disciples will more effectively walk with others on their journey of faith and, as Pope Francis said, “remove our sandals before the sacred ground of the other.”

Read more

The Joy of the Gospel: Evangelii Gaudium

The Joy of the Gospel: Evangelii Gaudium

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.  In it, he discusses extensively the role of accompaniment, listening, and sharing of story.  

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.

Read more

Sharing the Faith That You Love: Four Simple Ways to Be Part of the New Evangelization

Sharing the Faith That You Love: Four Simple Ways to Be Part of the New Evangelization

by John & Therese Boucher

This book encourages Christians to have a deeper awareness of the spiritual needs of those you meet in your everyday life. It also goes one step further by affirming the gifts you are given by God so that you can respond to the spiritual hungers of family, friends and co-workers.

Sharing the Faith That You Love: Four Simple Ways to Be Part of the New Evangelization offers practical accompaniment skills to help you share your faith through four simple steps: prayer, caring, sharing and inviting.

Read more


Session III:  Accompaniment Listening


Accompaniment Listening Slides

Accompaniment Listening Slides

The slides from the Accompaniment Listening presentation.  If you are interested in a Formation and Reflection Event on the role of listening and story in evangelization and the art of accompaniment, contact us today.  

Read more

Accompaniment Listening Handout

Accompaniment Listening Handout

Single page handout to go along with the Accompaniment Listening Slides/Presentation.

Read more

Listening Statistics

Listening Statistics

These are the stastics from the Accompaniment Listening presentation. They are based on the America's Changing Religious Landscape Demographic Study in 2015 by the Pew Research Center.

Read more

Clear & Simple:  How to Have Conversations That Lead to Conversion

Clear & Simple: How to Have Conversations That Lead to Conversion

by Andre Regnier

This concise and engaging book suggests a concrete, adaptable and life-changing approach to evangelization.  Clear & Simple goes beyond any particular evangelistic program to communicate the heart of relational ministry and care for souls: intentional spiritual conversations.

Read more

The Threshold Podcast

The Threshold Podcast

By Tony Vasinda

Every other week the host sits down with a different guest to talk about what they believe, what shaped it, and why it matters. The Threshold Podcast features a mix of conversations with atheists, agnostics, Catholics, other Christians, and people of completely different faith backgrounds. The focus of the conversations is not to challenge, convert, or shame anyone's perspective. Instead, they provide a space where people can share their stories, talk about their experiences, and create bridges of trust.  This podcast can be a great tool to practice listening - especially with populations that either you don't usually encounter or may have a particular fear/frustration with.

Read more

Forming Intentional Disciples; Chapter 5

Forming Intentional Disciples; Chapter 5

by Sherry Wedell

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.

Chapter 5 : "Thresholds of Conversion: Can I Trust You?" specifically focuses on an explicit type of Listening as a Disciple that the author refers to as "Threshold Conversations."

Read more


Next Steps...

Let Burning Hearts Disciples equip, train, and support your call to live out the New Evangelization through the art of accompaniment.

Our Accompaniment Formation provides your parish, school, or diocese with practical tools and strategies for developing relationships and facilitating discussions that help others grow in relationship with Christ and His Church.