The Mission of the Church: Introduction to the Institute of Missionary Discipleship
Mission statements are very popular in the business world today. Have you ever thought, “What is the ‘core’ mission statement of the Church”? This impact session will provide you with the overarching view of the missionary call Christ has given the Church, as well as some practical tools and resources to help you to be on mission. (We strongly encourage all participants to complete this Impact Session prior to all other Impact Sessions)
Knowing the Mission Field: Being on Mission in a 21st Century Context
Our world is full of "-isms" that greatly affect our thoughts on who God is and who we are as his sons and daughters. This impact session will focus on knowing the prevailing cultural milieu and how to respond in an evangelizing way.
School of Prayer: The Disposition of a Missionary Disciple
Prayer is at the heart of missionary discipleship. This impact session will aid you in learning how to pray in light of the tradition of the Church, explore the dispositions of a prayerful heart, and give you opportunities to encounter Christ through prayer in a powerful way.
School of Prayer: Discernment of Spirits
Discernment of Spirits is the prayerful practice of listening to our Interior movements to follow God’s will for our lives. This session will help participants understand and use discernment in their daily prayer.
Conversion Conversations: Walking with Others
Every disciple has been mentored in some capacity by another disciple. The missionary disciple is able to discern where someone is on their journey of faith and lead them closer to Christ. This impact session will give you the practical tools for walking with someone through conversations that lead to conversion and the fullness of Catholic life.
Sharing the Great Story: Practical Ways to Tell the Good News
The great story of God’s plan for His people has been told through the centuries and we, as missionary disciples, need to be able to tell it simply and convincingly to others. This impact session will equip you for sharing the Kerygma (the great story of Christ), and help you tell how the great story of Christ’s love has come alive in your life.
The Social Dimension of the Gospel: The Lay Vocation to Transform the World
Pope Francis reminds us: “To evangelize is to make the kingdom of God present in our world” (Evangelii Gaudium, #176). This impact session will explore our missionary calling to engage in social issues through the wisdom and practice of Catholic Social Teaching.
Scripture for Mission: Understanding the Big Picture of Scripture
Our God is a missionary God! He has been on mission to seek and save us from the beginning of time. This session will explore the Scriptures in light of God’s missionary outreach to us and to the world.
Evangelizing Apologetics – Speaking the Truth with Love
At some time, all of us are in a situation where someone speaks about the Catholic faith in a questioning, confused, or hostile way. This calls for apologetics which is simply the “defense of the faith.” This impact session will explore how to prepare for and practice evangelizing apologetics, with specific practice on some of today’s most disputed Church Teachings.
Accompaniment – The Long View of Discipling
Walking with someone into discipleship happens on the Holy Spirit’s timetable. In some cases, this can mean accompanying someone over a period of months and years. So how do we do that? This impact session will equip missionaries with the spirituality, practices and perspectives for discipling over the long haul.
Cultivating a Heart for the Lost, Least, Last, and Lonely
Jesus went to those on the margins and loved them as they had never experienced before. A missionary disciple following in the steps of the Master, seeks to grow in that love for and truly see those on the margins of our own neighborhoods, workplaces, and community. Participants in this session will seek God's grace to stretch our hearts to love the lost, the least, the last, and the lonely.