PREPARE

As we prepare for the Enflame Our Hearts convocation in October 2019, please make time to listen to God’s call for you to draw closer to Him. Create a space in your schedule when you can intentionally read Scripture, pray openly in conversation with Jesus about everyday matters, work to be a blessing in your home and study the preparation materials so that we all might be a greater blessing to our Church and our community

AS AN INDIVIDUAL

PRAY – Dedicate yourself to intentional growth in personal prayer and the regular reception of sacramental grace. Invoke the Holy Spirit to guide you and your work.

Evaluate personal prayer life –

  • Do I prioritize building my relationship with Christ through daily personal prayer?
  • How can I increase my efforts to know Jesus and His call for my specific work in bringing others to know Him?

Evaluate personal sacramental life –

  • Do I prioritize my relationship with Christ through His Church by regularly receiving the Sacraments?
  • How can I increase my efforts to grow in holiness through His sacramental grace, especially in receiving the Eucharist and Reconciliation?

STUDY – Commit to the careful review and consideration of this guide, the Integrated Evangelization booklet, and other materials in preparing for your role as a parish delegate.

  • Complete the Bible Engagement Survey (American Bible Society)
  • Evaluate Mission Insite data for your geographical parish to evaluate and understand your mission audience.
  • Consider ways to shrink the social distance between the Church and the people in your geographical parish.
  • Research the current and past efforts in evangelization at your parish.
  • Research the efforts in evangelization done at other parishes, specifically looking for success stories.
  • Reflect on experiences of evangelization that have impacted your life
    • Who engaged you in this effort?
    • How did they invite you into deeper relationship with Christ and His Church?
    • What made this an effective & meaningful experience for you?

PLAN – Focus on your intentional efforts over the next year, leading to October 2019 and the Enflame Our Hearts Convocation.

  • Engage in regularly reading Scripture (ex. Lectio Divina) and reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Lent 2019. This will be a suggested outcome for all parishes and organizations during Lent 2020.
  • Prayerfully consider what person(s) in your life God may be calling you to witness to in His desire to grow closer to him/her.
  • Utilize the system of prayer/care/share to build stronger relationships within your family and your home.

AS A DELEGATE

PRAY – Dedicate your delegation to prayerful consideration of building a culture of evangelization at your parish. Publically invoke the Holy Spirit to guide your team.

  • Offer opportunities for Reconciliation for team members just before or after delegation meetings.
  • Use Scripture-based prayer to begin your meetings (ex. Lectio Divina).
  • Consider attending/providing a retreat for parish delegates.
  • Reflect on the unique nature of your parish, including history, strengths and successes that highlight your specific, God-given mission.
  • Prayerfully evaluate the tools offered in the Evangelization Hardware Store for their value to your parish in enflaming hears, homes and community.

STUDY – Commit to group reflection and discussion of this guide, the Integrated Evangelization booklet, and other materials in preparing the parish delegation.

  • Communicate individual findings from Mission Insite data for your geographical parish to evaluate and understand your mission audience.
  • Consider how your parish can offer opportunities to shrink the social distance between Church and the people in your geographical community.
  • Evaluate the current and past efforts in evangelization at your parish.
  • Discuss efforts in evangelization done at other parishes, specifically looking at methods that are successful in offering experiences for encounter and accompaniment within the community.
  • Assess the benchmarks of evangelization – prayer, planning, hospitality and culture – in your parish community.
  • Share individual experiences of successful evangelization, focusing on the initial invitation, shared encounters and ongoing accompaniment.

PLAN – Based on your group’s discernment, develop a plan for building a culture of evangelization through 2024 at your parish that will be brought to the Convocation.

  • Using the information collected from your study, assess the current atmosphere for evangelization in your parish and local community.
  • Explore the materials/programs in the Evangelization Hardware Store and consider what options might best fill your parish toolbox for your situation.
  • Share insights and additional options for the Evangelization Hardware Store based on your experiences.
  • Include specific tactics for communicating the prayer/care/share message to individuals, families and your broader parish geographical community.
  • Consider methods of direct measurement for your efforts, as well as a timeline for assessment.

Finally, ask the Holy Spirit to guide you and your team in acting on these action steps. We realize that our human power and will does have limits. It is critical that we access God’s unlimited power and will in our efforts. This is God’s mission and desire; we need only be open to doing our part. God does the heavy lifting

Evangelization Hardware Store