ARTICLE – Steps Towards Becoming A Missional Parish
Missional here, missional there — the word seems to be everywhere these days. But where should it actually be used? Well, in at least two places: missional disciples and missional parishes. The Church is missional by nature, which is why parishes should work to assume their identity and become moreContinue reading
ARTICLE – What Is Evangelization, And How Should It Be Carried Out?
The western world has a large number of Christians who do not openly share their faith with others. This act is perceived by many as proselytizing, making them unwilling to evangelize. Yet the mission of the Church is to proclaim the Gospel. Christ himself was sent by the Father “toContinue reading
ARTICLE – Discussion And Self-Assessment Questions For Parish Evangelization
The following discussion and self-assessment questions come from the book, Signs of Life: Catholic, Mainline, and Conservative Protestant Congregations in Canada. (Authored by Bill McAlpine, Joel Thiessen, Keith Walker, and Arch Chee Keen Wong) How central is evangelism in your congregation? Do you teach and preach on this topic? HowContinue reading
ARTICLE – A Missional Church Is A Church That Prays
A missional Church is necessarily a praying Church. Why is this? It is because the Holy Spirit is the main agent of our salvation. Prayer prepares the hearts of people to believe in Christ when they hear or read the word of God. Their conversion is the result of God’sContinue reading
ARTICLE – The Jesus Prayer: A Method To Pray At All Times
Did you know that there exists a method for praying at all times? It is called the Jesus Prayer and involves invoking the Name of Jesus as frequently as possible with the following formula, “Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.” This formula is basedContinue reading
What can help children raised Catholic continue practicing the faith as adults?
According to The Pillar Survey on Religious Attitudes and Practices, there are factors that can help predict whether children raised Catholic continue practicing the faith as adults. These factors are the following: Attending Catholic school Going to Mass weekly with the family Saying grace Living with parents who are marriedContinue reading
ARTICLE – An Example of a Missionary Parish: Phoenix First Assembly of God
Tommy Barnett was the senior pastor of Phoenix First Assembly of God in Arizona. His church was referred to as “The Church with a Heart” because of its more than 260 outreach ministries. Over the years and through its missionary efforts, it has experienced remarkable growth. Barnett says the growthContinue reading
Symbols Help Us To Remember…And To Evangelize, by Patrick Sullivan
Just the other night, I had the pleasure of once again sitting down to one of life’s greatest pleasures, that, of course, being the reading of theology. And through the various musings put forward by the author, some of which were dry of course, one obvious and exciting truth inContinue reading
ARTICLE – Satan’s Tactics
Scriptures remind us that our spiritual battle between good and evil is real: “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Eph. 6:12) WeContinue reading
ARTICLE – Learning to Be a Missionary
Learning to be a missionary takes place in a context and attitude of love for people who do not know or follow Christ. It requires being open to the ideas and perspectives of others and suspending our personal, cultural and religious ideas to listen to their experience. The path toContinue reading
RECOMMENDED BOOK – Unbound: A Practical Guide to Deliverance from Evil Spirits
UNBOUND Ministry is an approach to deliverance and healing prayer developed by Neal Lozano. UNBOUND is a safe, loving, effective prayer model that helps people to respond to the good news of the gospel.
RECOMMENDED BOOK – Evangelization: A Challenge for the Catholic Church
This short, easy to read book by Fr. Bob Bedard, will help you: – Increase your understanding of evangelization – Grow in confidence to proclaim the Good News – Learn the practical three-step dynamic of evangelization.
RECOMMENDED BOOK – The Purpose Driven Church
Discover the same practical insights and principles for growing a healthy church that Rick has taught in seminars to over 22,000 pastors and church leaders from sixty denominations and forty-two countries.